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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.

2019 scholarship winner, Tamara Champ, Ausenco.

2019 Scholarship winner, Tamara Champ, Project Manager, Ausenco.

2019 scholarship recipient announced

The University of Sydney’s John Grill Centre for Project Leadership has announced Tamara Champ as recipient of the 2019 Women Leaders in Projects Scholarship. 

Read more about this year's recipient.

Our 2019 Scholarship selection panel

Image of 2019 scholarship judging panel: Professor Suresh Cuganesan, Dr Lisa Interligi, Maurizio Floris, Vicky Sisson and Traci-Ann Byrnes

Judges on the selection panel included (left to right): Professor Suresh CuganesanDr Lisa Interligi, Chief Human Resources and Corporate Services Office, CIMIC Group Limited, Dr Maurizio Floris, ELMP Alumnus, Vicky Sisson, Regional Planning Manager, NSW Roads and Maritime Services, and Traci-Ann Byrnes, First Assistant Secretary, Program Performance, Department of Defence.

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

Scholarship applications closing date for 2019 was March, 2020 dates to be advised shortly.

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 is awarded on the recommendation of a selection committee previously 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

Scholarship applications for the 2020 intake will re-open shortly.  

Register your interest by emailing us

Timeline from 2019

Dates for the 2019 intake are noted below, 2020 dates to be advised shortly.

September 2018   Scholarship open to applicants (August 2020 intake)
March 2019 Applications close 
early March 2019  
Applicants advised if shortlisted 
mid March 2019 Interviews commence 
late March 2019 Scholarship recipient announced   
August 2019 Executive Leadership in Major Project program commences


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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