Fellowship Program

We train and empower 21st century change agents: campaigners, non-profit managers, and community organisers, who build and serve social change movements. 

Applications for the 2016 Melbourne Fellowship are now open. You can download the full prospectus here and apply here. Or, click here to meet the 2016 Sydney fellows.

The Fellowship is a leadership course, and skills turbo boost, for a specific type of leader: people working to change the world through public advocacy and campaigning. Graduates of the Fellowship Program are fluent in campaign strategy and theory of change, and confident in using a full suite of campaign tactics. Most importantly, they join an alumni of supportive peers, who together will continue to provide each other with support, advice and friendship for many years to come.

The 2016 Melbourne Fellowship runs from mid-August until Mid-December, and includes:

  • Two residential weekend retreats (August and October) and one non-residential weekend retreat (December);
  • Weekly seminars in Melbourne CBD which usually include an expert seminar or practical workshop, reading discussion and time to work with or get to know your fellow fellows;
  • Weekly readings (articles and chapters from expert practitioners and theorists around the world) and you must submit short written reflections on them after every seminar; and
  • a live campaign run with a small team of fellows over the final 12 weeks of the program – together, you’ll  make real change in the world.

The program covers a deep dive into best practice campaign strategy approaches and tools, messaging, framing and communications strategy and practices, lobbying and direct advocacy to decision-makers, community organising, digital campaigning tools, media engagement and civil disobedience.

Australia’s civil society is stronger when the people working for our many organisations have a diversity of experience and backgrounds. We strongly encourage applicants from a diversity of genders, backgrounds, cultures, languages and experiences to apply.

Second-round applications close 18 June 2016. Don’t forget to download the full prospectus and get your application in by completing this form.

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Special thanks to the Purves Environmental Fund for their support of the fellowship program, which makes it possible for us to keep participation fees low, and welcome applicants working on environment, climate and conservation issues in all of our programs.

The 2016 Sydney Fellowship is underway, and the WA and Queensland fellowships are complete for 2016. Sign up for our email list at the top of the page to ensure you hear about 2017 programs when they’re announced later this year.