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2018 Women Leaders in Projects Scholarship

Empowering women in leadership

This scholarship supports women leaders of major and business defining projects to develop their leadership capabilities in order to support better project and organisation outcomes.

Scholarship applications for 2018 are now closed.

The University of Sydney John Grill Centre for Project Leadership inspires project excellence through developing the capabilities of leaders of major projects.

Women are under represented in leadership roles broadly throughout Australia and also in roles leading business-defining or major projects.

To help support leadership of women across all sectors, including telecommnunications, banking and finance, infrastructure and resources, the John Grill Centre is offering one scholarship annually from 2018 to a woman to undertake the Executive Leadership in Major Projects (ELMP) program.

Those who apply for the Women Leaders in Projects Scholarship will also be assessed for admission into the ELMP program through the one application.  

The scholarship will cover the program fees for the four ELMP modules (including 4 weeks of residential study, executive coaching and leadership diagnostics) providing they are completed in the one calendar year.


Female applicants that have completed an undergraduate degree, graduate diploma/certificate or equivalent at an institution with a minimum weighted average mark of 65, and who have a minimum of 10 years relevant professional project leadership experience and are currently employed working on a major project, or on project related issues.

Applicants must receive an unconditional offer for the Executive Leadership in Major Projects (ELMP) Non-award Program, delivered by the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership at the University of Sydney, to be eligible for the scholarship.

Applicants must have the support of their current employer to participate in the ELMP program.

Closing date

1 March 2018 at 11.59PM

Selection criteria

The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:

  • academic merit,
  • work experience, specifically an applicant’s experience leading major projects which is supported by a curriculum vitae, and
  • a personal statement which demonstrates the applicant’s motivation and aspirations for undertaking the Program.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a formal interview.

The Scholarship will be awarded on the recommendation of a selection committee consisting of the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the John Grill Centre and the ELMP Program Director, or their nominee and an Executive Leadership in Major Projects Alumna.


  • Applicants advised if short listed (advised of interview time) by 12 March 2018
  • Individual interviews held dates to be confirmed, March 2018
  • Recipient of the scholarship announced by 28 March 2018

Executive Leadership in Major Projects

Invest in project excellence

Unlearn leadership, rethink projects, rebuild practices and create impact. Join our immersive development experience and increase your leadership capabilities and capacity to deal with the challenges of major projects.