Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships

How to apply for ALA Fellowships funding
Fact sheet
More information

Round 11 is now open and will close on 23 November 2011.

Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowships aim to develop leadership, address priority regional development issues, and build partnerships and linkages between Australian organisations and partner organisations in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East.

The ALA Fellowships program engages with a wide cross-section of the Australian community on aid delivery issues and priorities for development. Through ALA Fellowships, Australian organisations have the opportunity to build and strengthen links with organisations in developing countries by offering professional development opportunities in Australia.

The goal of the ALA Fellowships program is to develop appropriately trained current and aspiring leaders in priority areas, who, in the short to medium term, will be in a position to advance key regional policy objectives and increase institutional capacity of partner countries. ALA Fellowships are designed to complement individual bilateral country programs by offering flexible fellowship placements which address current and emerging needs at the country, sub-regional and regional levels.

ALA Fellowships do not lead to academic qualifications. Instead, they are designed to provide short term opportunities for study, research and professional attachment programs in Australia, delivered by Australian organisations, to nominated fellows from eligible countries.

Through ALA Fellowships, Australian organisations can apply for funding to support a range of professional development activities that will build expertise and leadership capacity in eligible countries.

Applications are accepted from Australian organisations only; individuals are not eligible to apply.

ALA Fellowships support a wide variety of areas and sectors. Australian organisations are encouraged to design programs that address priority areas, including disability and development, economic growth, education, environment, food security, gender, governance, health, human rights, infrastructure, regional stability, rural development and water and sanitation


Australian organisations

Applications are restricted to Australian organisations that can demonstrate ongoing linkages with overseas counterpart organisations in eligible countries.

Examples of eligible Australian organisations include NGOs, academic institutions, research organisations, business, industry, media, professional associations and Government agencies.

Overseas counterpart organisations and individual fellows must be sponsored by an Australian organisation, and may not apply directly for an ALA Fellowship. They may, however, initiate contact with an Australian organisation to explore the latter’s interest in applying for Fellowship funding.

Organisations funded under previous rounds [PDF 92kb]
Organisations funded under previous rounds [Word 112kb


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Profiles of Fellows

Two Fellows attended a three-week intensive program on climate change mitigation in the Pacific. Find out more about this fellowship.

Prospective fellows identified by Australian organisations must be from an eligible country.

Typically, they will be professionals already in leadership positions or have a potential to assume leadership roles that can influence social and economic policy reform and development outcomes.

Individuals cannot apply for an ALA Fellowship directly. Individuals may be eligible for other Australia Awards.

How to apply for ALA Fellowships funding

ALA Fellowships are awarded twice yearly through a competitive selection process. The ALA Fellowships submission guidelines provide detailed information on the application process.

Submission guidelines

Round 11 Fellowship submission guidelines

Application process

Australian organisations can apply for ALA Fellowship funding through a competitive grant process. Important selection criteria include:

  1. the likely impact of the program or activities
  2. the leadership potential and quality of nominated fellows to assume leadership roles and influence policy reform and development outcomes
  3. the level of support from the overseas counterpart organisation(s) and the sustainability of linkages between the Australian organisation and the overseas counterpart organisation(s) and fellows
  4. the capacity of the Australian organisation to support the program or activities.

Please allow sufficient time for your application to reach us via post as late applications will not be considered.

An eligible application consists of the following:

  1. An application form, completed, checked and signed at Section 19 by the appropriate Australian organisation office bearer with the authority to commit the organisation to the funding and proposed program:

    Round 11 ALA Fellowships application form 

  2. A detailed and accurate budget based on the template provided (Excel template preferred):

    ALA Fellowships budget template 

    The following documents may assist in developing your budget:
    Sample budget 
    Budget tips

  3. A letter of support from each overseas counterpart organisation, signed at a senior level (no template—if the letters of support are not attached, the application will automatically be deemed ineligible)
  4. A curriculum vitae (CV) for each nominated Fellow, incorporating individual ‘return to work plans’, based on the template provided (Word template preferred):

    ALA Fellowships CV template

  5. Summary details for each nominated Fellow based on the template provided:

    ALA Fellowships nominated fellows summary

The five documents above need to be completed and submitted together, for an application to be deemed eligible.

Fact sheet

Read the ALA Fellowships fact sheet for a summary of information about the program.

More information

If after reading all materials on this website, you still have questions, please email all enquiries

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Last reviewed: 14 October, 2011



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