Chief Executive Women (CEW) & Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarship

Chief Executive Women (CEW), in partnership with Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation (RSIEF) is offering up to three scholarships to Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) for rising and mid-career female leaders of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

In 2022, applicants are requested to select a course, delivered either face-to-face or online, offered by Harvard Kennedy School.  You must meet the eligibility requirements and demonstrate why you have chosen the course and how it will benefit you in your current and future roles.

Inclusions and obligations:

  • CEW & RSIEF will cover the cost of tuition fees (and a travel allowance if required) for the duration of the course, up to a total of AU$15,000;
  • It is up to the candidate to select a course from the HKS program;
  • The candidate must choose a course that completes within 18 months from October 2022;
  • The recipient(s) will be required to write a report about her scholarship experience and may be asked to speak at RSIEF and CEW events.
  • On completion of the course, the recipient(s) will become a member of the CEW and Roberta Sykes alumni communities.

Scholarship details

Value: $15,000 approx. total

Duration: Duration of the program

Availability: 3 scholarships offered

Application dates


Open: 07/03/2022
Close: 26/04/2022


This scholarship is for:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants
Women only

Areas of study:

  • Any Area of Study

At Institution:

  • Other

Study level:

  • Short executive courses

Study Load:

  • Full Time


  • Overseas

Eligibility Criteria

We are looking for middle and senior women managers across not-for-profit, government and corporate sectors with more than 5 years experience managing people and budgets.

To be eligible to apply, you must meet the minimum selection criteria:

  • Mid-level to senior managers (i.e. CEO, or no more than 3 levels down from CEO);
  • 5 or more years experience managing teams of 5 or more people, including managers;
  • 2 or more years general management experience (i.e. business unit, line or functional management incorporating key responsibilities such as P&L management, strategic planning and people leadership);
  • Australian citizen or resident;
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

How to Apply

To check your eligibility and apply for this opportunity please visit the CEW website.

Further Information

For more information, email Sharon Kumar, the Scholarships Manager on