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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 2019 are now open until 1 March 2019.

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 telecommunications, 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. Accommodation and meals costs are paid by the participant at an estimated cost of $9,500 (plus GST) for the 4 week residentials in Sydney.

Closing date

1 March 2019 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.

How to apply

Register your interest and the link to apply will be sent to you.  


September 2018  Scholarship open to applicants (August 2019 intake)  
1 March 2019  Applications close 
early March 2019    Applicants advised if shortlisted 
mid March 2019  Interviews commence 
late March 2019  Scholarship recipient announced   


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.

Our alumni women leaders in projects