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If you had the chance to take the time to develop yourself, and increase your impact, would you do it? The Westpac Social Change Fellowship is both empowering and inspiring. Unlike other social innovation programs, we focus on the growth and development of the extraordinary individuals leading social change in Australia.

This all about you. And what you need to grow as a leader.

“I love that this fellowship is about growing the innovator not the project. It is an investment in developing the game changers, giving us the space and time to grow and connect with the world.” – 2016 Westpac Social Change Fellow, Mary Freer.

Although we live in one of the luckiest countries in the world, social issues surrounding health, disability, disadvantage and unemployment still affect many Australians. These issues can’t be solved with the wave of a magic wand. But they can be improved by people like you with the determination, ideas, and networks to create genuine change.

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For the first time, make it about you.

This Fellowship gives you the rare chance to focus solely on yourself and your development. You’re probably already changing lives through your work, but this is your chance to further enhance your learning and skills, expand your networks, and explore new opportunities. And with 10 Fellowships per year, each valued at up to $50,000, it doesn't stop here.


A life-changing journey awaits.

The Fellowship gives you the opportunity to go on a 6-month personal development journey, allowing you to really explore your leadership potential. It could literally change your life. From overseas research and travel to development courses and work experience. Our Foundational Leadership Program means you’ll also get hands-on professional coaching advice to really help you bring your ideas for social innovation to life.


We’ve already done the networking for you.

As a Westpac Social Change Fellow, you’ll become part of the Westpac 100 Scholars Network. Lifelong membership to this network gives you access to one of Australia’s most diverse meetings of like-minds. It’s designed to be inspiring, influential and a life-long learning experience.


What does it take to be a Westpac Social Change Fellow?

Chances are you’re already doing extraordinary things. Thanks to your capacity to give and your strong desire to change the world, you’ll have an impressive track record of driving change. And you’re now at a point where you want to step things up a notch. You thrive on collaboration and are ready to explore new networks, learnings and opportunities so you create better lives for even more Australians.

If you’re ready to focus on you, to increase your impact, let’s chat.

“Westpac has given Australia a gift. This is truly the most incredible opportunity I have received in my development as a leader, as a social entrepreneur, as an individual wanting to create a better future for Australia.”

Key dates


Prospective Scholars:

Applications Open: Monday 22 August 2022 at 9:00am AEST

Online Information Session: Wednesday 7 September 2022 at 1:00pm AEST.  Watch last year's recording and access the presentation

Applications Close:  Thursday 6 October 2022 at 5:00pm AEDT

Regional Panels: November

National Panel: 10 February 2023

Notification of Outcome: late February 2023


Current Scholars:

Leadership Development Program: May 2022, Adelaide

Westpac Scholars Summit: 11-12 July 2022, Sydney



We are looking for individuals who have qualities that sets them apart from others. They have generosity of spirit and a strong desire to give back to Australia. Their commitment to our country’s broader social purpose, to create equal opportunity and better lives for all Australians, is reflected in their work and their actions. Click here to assess your eligibility.

  • Who can apply?


Applications for the 2022 Westpac Social Change Fellowship are closed. Applications for our 2023 program will open in August. 


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