Governance Institute calls for entries for 2016 postgraduate governance scholarships

Governance Institute of Australia is inviting individuals interested in pursuing postgraduate studies in governance to apply for the Chant Legacy scholarship program which is open until 16 October 2015. 

The scholarships are available to applicants keen to pursue postgraduate governance studies at any government-accredited tertiary institution anywhere in the world and are based on merit and financial need. Successful applicants will receive payments to cover course fees of up to AUD$2,173 per subject, to a maximum of AUD$13,038 for the whole course. 

“Practical skills and applied knowledge in governance have never been more valued by organisations and government departments worldwide.  For many, these skills can pave the way to a career as a senior governance professional, senior manager or a board director”, said Tim Sheehy, chief executive of Governance Institute of Australia. 

“As trustees of the Chant Legacy Scholarship, we are pleased to be able to encourage outstanding individuals to further their professional qualifications and careers in governance. 

“Last year, we awarded five scholarships, bringing the total number of scholarships given in the three years since the Legacy Awards were established, to 26.  The winners were all passionate and talented professionals who wished to be catalysts for positive change in their organisations,” Mr Sheehy said. 

“We are very pleased to open the annual scholarships again and look forward to supporting the career aspirations of another group of inspiring individuals,” Mr Sheehy added.

Ms Kelly Shacklock, a 2014 scholarship recipient, is team leader, prevention & education at Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) in Victoria.  She noted that “an organisation can dramatically reduce opportunities for fraud and corruption, simply by implementing policies and processes that establish strong checks and balances.  The Chant Legacy Scholarship will allow me to solidify my governance skills, to share them with my team, and apply them to the ultimate goal of strengthening the integrity of the Victorian public sector.”

Scholarship applications will be judged and awarded by an independent committee of widely respected governance professionals including the director of the UTS Centre for Corporate Governance, Professor Thomas Clarke, Julie Hare, higher education editor at The Australian and Governance Institute board member, Douglas Gration. 

Applications close on Friday, 16 October 2015.

Successful recipients will be announced in December 2015 for study that must be undertaken in Semester 1, 2016.

Application forms can be obtained at:

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