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

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

Temporary Suspension for Calling for Applications for 2020

Due to the impact of COVID-19 across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria, the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership Advisory Committee has temporarily suspended the 2020 opening date for the Call for Applications. This will be reassessed over the next few months and we will keep everyone updated with any news via the website.

Stay Home and Stop the Spread

Avoid travelling between communities to stop sickness spreading.  We all need to protect our Elders and Community.  Find out more information about coronavirus (COVID-19) by visiting

Stay safe everyone!

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

ABC Radio Interview

Stephanie Armstrong was interviewed on the ABC Radio’s The Conversation Hour on 28 May 2020 by Richelle Hunt and Warwick Long for Reconciliation Week and the theme we are ‘In this Together’.