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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The value of the investment in building First Nations leadership is to improve the economic as well as the social and emotional wellbeing of communities.
The Fellowship supports past, present and future First Nations leaders who are committed to achieving positive change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians and strengthening links between all Australians.
Over the past 18 years we have appointed 4 Fellows, including 1 Senior Fellow, 28 Emerging Leaders and 4 Community Connection/Grassroots Awards.
During COVID-19 lockdown, FIL was able to provide almost $25,000 in direct support to the Alumni to enable them to provide immediate relief to their communities during COVID lockdown with:
- Cooking and delivering meals, groceries, PPE gear, phone and fuel cards to Elders in the community from Shepparton to the NSW border, providing sign language alternatives to the media and use of Aboriginal sign languages to assist people to know what is going on during the pandemic.
- Delivering food, groceries and masks to Elders on the Mornington Peninsula such as Hastings, Portsea, Rosebud, Rye, Mornington, Mount Martha, McCrae, Baxter, Seaford, Frankston, Karingal, Cranbourne, Chelsea, Beaumaris, Warneet, and Caldermeade areas.
- Providing activities and support for young women in Bendigo, Local Support Network Aboriginal women in health as well as 11 and 12 year old students who are dropping out of school.
- Responding to the needs of the community in Castlemaine through fuel vouchers to their volunteers to deliver extra curricula equipment, and cultural activities to the community such as Bushtucker family packs, an Elder pamper pack and postal deliveries of books for families. They also provided funds to maintain the capacity of families to connect online via internet access.
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.
August 2021 – Calling for Applications
The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership fosters leadership, providing exceptional people with the support they need to achieve their vision for their communities by investing in recognised leaders and providing opportunities to emerging leaders within Victoria’s Indigenous 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.
We are currently ‘Calling for Applications’ for Emerging Leaders for 2021.
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.
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 5.00 pm on Monday 13 September 2021.
Stay Home and Stop the Spread
Avoid travelling between communities to stop sickness spreading. We all need to protect our Elders and Community.
Remember always wear a mask when you are out in the community and, more importantly, get vacinnated.
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Stay safe everyone!
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