Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship

Are you a problem solver with a genuine passion to make a difference? Are you considering postgraduate study next year?


The Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship, valued up to $120,000, helps you access the support and networks you need to back your ideas, and create a positive impact in your community and beyond, through your research and studies.


With a focus on developing leadership potential, the scholarship includes a transformative Leadership Development Program to shape your unique skills. There is also an opportunity to add a global context to your education with tailored international experiences (provided no travel restrictions), and all Westpac Scholars get lifelong membership to the W100 – a diverse and growing network of inspiring young Aussies.


17 scholarships are awarded every year to individuals from all backgrounds who are starting postgraduate studies at one of our nine partner universities.


Are you the next Westpac Scholar? Register for the Online Information Session on 19 July 2022 at 6:00pm AEST to find out more

Scholarship details

Value: $120,000 approx. total

Duration: 3 Years

Availability: 17 scholarships offered

Application dates

Closing Soon

Open: 15/06/2022
Close: 01/09/2022


This scholarship is for:

Academic merit

Areas of study:

  • Any Area of Study

At Institution:

  • Australian National University
  • University of Tasmania
  • Monash University
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Melbourne

Study level:

  • Postgraduate coursework
  • Postgraduate research

Study Load:

  • Full Time


  • ACT
  • NSW
  • SA
  • QLD
  • TAS
  • VIC
  • WA

Eligibility Criteria

You are an Australian citizen or permanent resident (NZ citizens who are not also Australian citizens are not eligible).
You have completed your first undergraduate degree after 1 September 2017, OR will complete by 31 December 2022.
You have achieved or are on track to achieve an average result of H1 or H2A equivalent (approx. 75 WAM).
You have chosen to undertake a full-time Masters by coursework or research or a PhD at one of our nine participating universities.
You have chosen a field of study which, for PhD and Masters by research applicants has an ERA four digit FOR rating of “well above world standard” in the ERA 2018 exercise and for Masters by coursework applicants, must be in area of world-class standing.
You must commence study in 2023 (Jan-Dec 2023), not before.

How to Apply

You will need to supply two letters of reference – one academic reference and one personal reference.

For PhD and Masters by Research applicants, you must also supply one letter of support from either your supervisor, dean of the faculty or head of school or equivalent.

Further Information

Are you the next Westpac Scholar? Register for the Online Information Session on 19 July 2022 at 6:00pm AEST to find out more.

Your proposed program of study:

  • Can be in any field and must be relevant to the Trust’s focus areas; 
  • Include international opportunities, such as a period of study at an overseas university, an invited presentation at a conference significant to the discipline, or a period of internship or placement at an overseas organisation, which will develop your leadership skills and global networks; 
  • Underpin a worthy and viable post-study plan that benefits Australia.

Funding requests for the purpose of medical research as defined in the ARC Medical Research Policy available on the Australian Research Council website will not be considered; MD, juris doctor programs or equivalent are also excluded. Masters by coursework programs must be completed within two years. More questions? Go to our FAQs, download the Funding Guidelines or email westpacscholars@westpac.com.au.