Lidia Thorpe
Melissa Stevens
Belinda Duarte
Daphne Yarram
Paul Briggs OAM
Stephanie Armstrong
Roland Atkinson
Janine Coombs
Professor Ian Anderson
Steven Delaney
Trevor Pearce
Rueben Berg
Nathan Lovett-Murray
Clayton Murray-Mitchell
Ngarra Murray

Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership

Supporting achievement and vision for a stronger community


The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership (FIL) fosters leadership, providing exceptional people with the support they need to achieve their vision for their communities.

The Fellowship invests in recognised leaders and provides opportunities to emerging leaders within Victoria’s Indigenous communities. The value of the investment in building Indigenous leadership is to improve the economic as well as the social and emotional wellbeing of communities.

The Fellowship supports past, present and future Indigenous leaders who are committed to achieving positive change for Indigenous Victorians and strengthening links between all Australians.

Over the past 16 years we have appointed 4 Fellows, including 1 Senior Fellow, 24 Emerging Leaders and 4 Community Connection/Grassroots Awards.


During 2018 the Alumni organised Elders Gatherings in Craigieburn, Ulupna, Wodonga and the Mornington Peninsula.

In 2019 Community Gatherings included a GMAR (Grandmothers Against Removals) held at Camp Jungai – Rubicon, a National Grassroots Gathering to discuss Sovereignty, Treaty and Constitutional Recognition in Melbourne and an Elders Gathering in Hastings at Willum Warrain where the Elders had an opportunity to tell their stories.

The latest gathering was held on 12 March 2020 where Maree Davidson and Katrina Mohamed celebrated with AJ Williams-Tchen the launch of his project “Mudigang dhulyarra – Elders speaking truthfully” short films at Nairm Marr Djambana in Frankston.  They were joined 60+ guests who were inspired by the Elders and AJ’s work.

To view the Mudigang dhulyarr short films:–N9r7-SxvArqLA_qs8tg


Latest News

Changes at the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership

After 18 years Maree Davidson AM is stepping down as Chair of the Advisory Committee and handing over the day-to-day running of the Fellowship.  Her involvement with FIL has been one of immense pleasure and personal reward – from co-founding it with Peter Maher, Rob Moodie and Tony Cutcliffe back in 2002 to support the vision of Yorta Yorta man Paul Briggs OAM right through to FIL now having supported 1 Senior Fellow, 4 Fellows, 24 Emerging Leaders and 4 Community Connectors. Additionally FIL has been able to provide professional and personal development opportunities for Alumni, support numerous gatherings across the state to give voice to Elders and community issues as well as working with others to influence the philanthropic sector in its relationships with First Nations communities and organisations.

We are also thrilled that Katrina Mohamed has accepted the invitation to work with FIL, as our first Executive Director to lead and support the organisation, for an initial period of six months from February 2020.  Katrina is a Gooreng Gooreng woman from South Eastern Queensland who has lived and worked in Shepparton for the past 30 years. Her extensive and eclectic experience includes journalism, media management, organisational development, community engagement and development and executive leadership in the community led and not for profit sector.

Australian Communities Foundation Interview

The Australian Communities Foundation interviewed Maree Davidson AM retiring Chair of the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership as well as Alumni members Ngarra Murray, Peter Aldenhoven and Kathryn Coff for an article for their website.  To read the article click on the following link:

“Sometimes you just need someone to believe in you”: Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership