Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships

Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowships aim to develop leadership, address priority regional development issues, and build partnerships and linkages between Australian organisations and partner organisations in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East.

The ALA Fellowships program engages with a wide cross-section of the Australian community on aid delivery issues and priorities for development. Through ALA Fellowships, Australian organisations have the opportunity to build and strengthen links with organisations in developing countries by offering professional development opportunities in Australia.

The goal of the ALA Fellowships program is to develop appropriately trained current and aspiring leaders in priority areas, who, in the short to medium term, will be in a position to advance key regional policy objectives and increase institutional capacity of partner countries. ALA Fellowships are designed to complement individual bilateral country programs by offering flexible fellowship placements which address current and emerging needs at the country, sub-regional and regional levels.

ALA Fellowships do not lead to academic qualifications. Instead, they are designed to provide short term opportunities for study, research and professional attachment programs in Australia, delivered by Australian organisations, to nominated fellows from eligible countries.

Through ALA Fellowships, Australian organisations can apply for funding to support a range of professional development activities that will build expertise and leadership capacity in eligible countries.

Applications are accepted from Australian organisations only; individuals are not eligible to apply.

ALA Fellowships support a wide variety of areas and sectors. Australian organisations are encouraged to design programs that address priority areas, including disability and development, economic growth, education, environment, food security, gender, governance, health, human rights, infrastructure, regional stability, rural development and water and sanitation
Australian organisations

Applications are restricted to Australian organisations that can demonstrate ongoing linkages with overseas counterpart organisations in eligible countries.

Examples of eligible Australian organisations include NGOs, academic institutions, research organisations, business, industry, media, professional associations and Government agencies.

Overseas counterpart organisations and individual fellows must be sponsored by an Australian organisation, and may not apply directly for an ALA Fellowship. They may, however, initiate contact with an Australian organisation to explore the latter’s interest in applying for Fellowship funding.


Prospective fellows identified by Australian organisations must be from an eligible country.

Typically, they will be professionals already in leadership positions or have a potential to assume leadership roles that can influence social and economic policy reform and development outcomes.

Individuals cannot apply for an ALA Fellowship directly. Individuals may be eligible for other Australia Awards.
How to apply for ALA Fellowship funding

ALA Fellowships are awarded twice yearly through a competitive selection process. The ALA Fellowships submission guidelines provide detailed information on the application process.

Application process

Australian organisations can apply for ALA Fellowship funding through a competitive grant process. Important selection criteria include:

1. the likely impact of the program or activities
2. the leadership potential and quality of nominated fellows to assume leadership roles and influence policy reform and development outcomes
3. the level of support from the overseas counterpart organisation(s) and the sustainability of linkages between the Australian organisation and the overseas counterpart organisation(s) and fellows
4. the capacity of the Australian organisation to support the program or activities.

An eligible application consists of the following:
  1. An application form, completed, checked and signed at Section 19 by the appropriate Australian organisation office bearer with the authority to commit the organisation to the funding and proposed program:
    Round 9 ALA Fellowships Application Form [Word 1.1mb]
    Round 9 ALA Fellowships Application Form [PDF 237kb]

  2. A detailed and accurate budget based on the template provided (Excel template preferred):
    ALAF budget template [Excel 26kb]
    ALAF budget template [PDF 11kb]

    The following documents may assist in developing your budget:

    Sample budget [Excel 23 kb]
    Sample budget [PDF 19kb]

    Budget tips [PDF 9kb]

    Budget tips [Word 32kb]

  3. A letter of support from each overseas counterpart organisation, signed at a senior level (no template—if the letters of support are not attached, the application will automatically be deemed ineligible)
  4. A curriculum vitae (CV) for each nominated Fellow, incorporating individual 'return to work plans', based on the template provided (Word template preferred):
    ALAF CV template [Word 79kb]
    ALAF CV template [PDF 33kb]

  5. Summary details for each nominated Fellow based on the template provided:
    ALAF nominated fellows summary [Excel 17kb]
    ALAF nominated fellows summary [PDF 8kb]

The five documents above need to be completed and submitted together, for an application to be deemed eligible.

Fact sheet

Read the ALA Fellowships fact sheet for a summary of information about the program.
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