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 five-month 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.

The Melbourne Fellowship will include a series of retreats with skills-building seminars and workshops with leading expert trainers across the advocacy and campaigns space.

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.



The Melbourne 2020 Fellowship includes two residential three-day retreats, one non-residential two-day retreat, 12 evening seminars and approximately 2-3 hours of reading material and homework each week.

21-23 February: Opening Retreat – residential retreat approximately 1 hour out of Melbourne

9, 16, 23, 30 March: Seminars 1-4 – each seminar runs 6:00-8:30pm in Sydney CBD

6, 14 April: Seminars 5-6 – Note – Monday 13 April is a public holidays, so it will be held on Tuesday 14

17-19 April: Second Retreat – residential retreat approximately 2 hours out of Sydney

20, 27 April: Seminar 7-8

4, 11, 18, 25 May: Seminars 9-11

1 June: Seminar 12

5-7 June: Retreat 3 – non-residential retreat, in Melbourne

8 June: Graduation Dinner



  • $6,500 + GST: Full Price – for businesses and BCorps servicing the non-profit sector
  • $4,200 + GST: Standard non-profit concession – for non-profits with annual staff expenditure in Australia of over $3 million
  • $3,450 + GST: Small non-profit concession – for non-profits with annual staff expenditure in Australia between $500,000 and $3 million.
  • $2,200 + GST: Community concession – for non-profits with annual staff expenditure in Australia of less than $500,000.
  • $1200 + GST: Scholarship – for individual community campaigners who lack any organisational support. Scholarships are very limited, and their availability is subject to sponsorship procurement.


Please inquire about the 2020 Melbourne Fellowship using the expression of interest form,