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

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

Calling for Applications for 2020

We are currently ‘Calling for Applications’ for Emerging Leaders for 2020.

The successful applicants will receive $30,000 over 12 months to each Emerging Leader to enable them to concentrate their efforts on personal and professional development and to focus on leadership in their community.

If you have the attributes of an Emerging Leader we encourage you to apply. Perhaps you know of someone?  If so, please pass on this information and support them in their application. Please also pass this onto your networks as they may know of someone who might be interested.

To find out more, and to read about and watch the experiences of the Alumni please refer to the pages on this website.

To apply go to the ‘How to apply’ section.

We want to hear why you think you are ready to be an Emerging Leader. Your application should include a brief outline of how you will demonstrate your leadership capability, and what impact you believe it will have on your community and the broader Victorian community.

We would also like to encourage applications from regional Victoria.

All applications will be assessed by an independent selection panel and all applicants will be advised accordingly of the outcome.

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 16 October 2020.

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!

Acknowledgement of Country

The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership respectfully acknowledges all traditional custodians of the land and waterways in Victoria and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.