CEW & Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarships

Are you looking to accelerate your career by studying at Harvard or INSEAD?

CEW, in partnership with Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation is offering three scholarships to leading international business schools for women managers of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

Each scholarship winner gets to choose one of these programs to study:

1. Harvard Kennedy School, Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage 

This course is intended for senior executives in government, corporate and nonprofit organisations who wish to better understand the personal aspects of leadership and to improve their capacity to lead. Because the participants’ own experiences are critical to the learning process, we will choose a class that is professionally and geographically diverse.

You should come prepared to exercise leadership in the classroom, help shape class conversation, and identify and question your own firmly held ideas about leadership. Since leadership is alive and well in any classroom setting, class dynamics will play an integral role in the program’s curriculum. For more information about this course, please visit HKS.

Ideal for:

  • Senior public officials at the national, state and local level
  • Corporate executives, including C-level, vice president and director
  • Nonprofit and NGO leaders

Program dates:
15–20 September 2019


2. Harvard Kennedy School, Creating Collaborative Solutions: Innovations in Governance 

The program is designed for leaders in the public, nonprofit and corporate sectors who see their roles as reaching across these traditionally separate spheres to build new structures that can produce significant, valuable change. The most critical qualification for the program is a record of entrepreneurial activity and accomplishment in creating public value. For more information about this course, please visit HKS.

Ideal for:

  • Government officials who want to work across jurisdictions or sectors to build new governance capacity
  • Entrepreneurs who have set out to find solutions to public problems using private-sector approaches
  • Leaders in the nonprofit sector who are building new service delivery models and political organisations
  • Corporate leaders who see their organisational mission fitting in a broader social context
  • Women working in positions or organisations that cross multiple sectors and stakeholders

Program dates:
19–25 October 2019


3. Harvard Kennedy School, Emerging Leaders

The nature and pace of political and economic events demands new ideas and approaches to leadership. This program is aimed at equipping up-and-coming managers with the skills to lead in this new era. It brings together an international cohort of emerging leaders and renowned Harvard faculty for an empowering and energising week of learning. You will return home inspired to enact change in your country. For more information, please visit HKS.

Ideal for:

  • Rising leaders with 5–15 years of professional experience
  • Political leaders, policymakers, government managers and military officers
  • Professionals from nonprofit organisations, public interest groups and the corporate sector.

Program dates:
3–8 November 2019


4. INSEAD Singapore, Leading for Results

Leading for Results equips experienced managers with the crucial skills for leading people in a globalised business environment. The program will provide you with a concrete strategy for transforming your leadership abilities. You will learn how to communicate a compelling vision that will inspire others to perform beyond even their own expectations. For more information about the program visit INSEAD.

Ideal for:

  • Middle or senior managers with more than six years’ experience managing teams, and who have significant line or functional responsibilities often crossing multiple countries and high potential for more senior leadership positions.
  • The program is particularly beneficial for those who have already made the transition from managing individual contributors to managing other managers.

Program dates:
25–29 November 2019


5. Harvard Kennedy School, Women and Power: Leadership in a New World

This intense, one-week program is designed to help women advance to top positions of influence in public leadership. It focuses on teaching leadership strategies, with an emphasis on alliances and partnerships. Together with esteemed Harvard faculty and other dynamic women leaders from around the world, you will learn skills and strategies for enhancing your influence and authority in the face of today’s most pressing leadership challenges. For more information, please visit HKS.

Ideal for:

  • Senior level public officials serving at the national, state or local level
  • Senior level corporate executives
  • Nonprofit/NGO board members and senior administrators
  • Senior posts in national and international civil service
  • Senior elected and appointed public officials.

Program dates:
April 2020

Inclusions and obligations

The scholarships includes tuition, economy class flights, accommodation, and most meals. Applicants must commit to attending the course on the dates specified. Upon return, the successful applicants must provide a report about their scholarship experience, and may also be required to speak at CEW events.

Instructions for applying

To apply, you must first register and satisfy the eligibility criteria then you will be directed to complete an online application. The application process will require you to provide your course preference and explanation of why you are the ideal candidate for this course.

Who should apply?

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

Applications OPEN 30 January 2019 and CLOSE 18 March 2019