International Leadership Program

Tell me more about the International Leadership Program

Applications are now closed.

Applications open: 4 September 2019

Applications close: 28 October 2019 (11:59PM AEST)

In partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the International Leadership Program invites applicants from nine eligible Indo-Pacific countries to apply for the Arts Leaders or Future Leaders programs.

Please note: If you are applying from China and are having trouble accessing on online application system, please send us an email at and we will provide an alternative method.

The International Leadership Program is for arts professionals from eligible Indo-Pacific countries to join two leadership programs in Australia.

Apply for a fully-funded scholarship in one of our groundbreaking programs to transform your leadership and create impact for your organisation, practice or community.

Join colleagues from across our region to explore arts leadership through a different lens and learn through a range of varying experiences during your visits to Australia.

Scholarships available

Fully-funded positions in our
Future Leaders and Arts Leaders
programs, including
travel and accommodation

Eligible countries

China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Philippines, Vietnam, Samoa,
Fiji and Papua New Guinea


Extend your learning by developing
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Financial support for ongoing
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Please read the Arts Leaders or Future Leaders program pages for further information, including key dates and requirements. Please see our International FAQ’s for further information.

Read our FAQ's 


The Future Leaders Program is for emerging practitioners, and the Arts Leaders Program is for mid-career to established practitioners. Both programs are open to arts leaders working within an organisation, independently or in community. 

The International Leadership program invites applicants from nine eligible countries in the Indo-Pacific region. For more details about your eligibility, please see our International FAQ section.

If you are unsure about what program is most suitable for you, please refer to our program overview or send us an email for clarification,

How to submit an application

You can submit your application via our online application system. If you have access requirements, please get in touch so we can assist you.

Your application should include a short introductory video, four questions responding to the selection criteria as well as your CV/LinkedIn profile as support material.

  • Introduce yourself and tell us why you do what you do? (3-minute video - required).
  • Why this program and why now?
  • How have you explored and developed your leadership so far?
  • How do you engage with diverse ways of learning and connecting with others?
  • How do you see your role as an advocate for the arts?

Selection process

Applications will be reviewed internally and alongside industry advisors. Your application will be based on merit, response the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Applicants may be invited for an interview.

  • Timeliness and relevance of the program to the applicant’s development.
  • An active and reflective approach to leadership development.
  • Ability to engage with diverse ways of learning and connecting with others.
  • Commitment to advocacy and improving the sustainability and wellbeing of the arts sector.

For more details about the application and selection process, please see our FAQ section.

Diversity and access: Leadership program

The Australia Council encourages applications from people who identify as First Nations, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability, and people living in regional and remote areas. 

We actively work with individuals to support access needs – including childcare, cultural practices, financial and/or learning access needs as required. We encourage applicants to contact us via phone or email to discuss further. Learn more about diversity in leadership.

Easy English
We have developed an Easy English Guide for our leadership programs. Easy English combines text and images to convey information simply and directly, supporting people who have difficulty reading and understanding English.
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For questions about the program, including costs, travel and visa requirements, eligibility and our international program, please see our International FAQ section.

If you can’t find an answer, please send us an email at, call us on +61 2 9215 9058, +61 2 9215 9036, +61 2 9215 9024, or send us a WhatsApp message at +61 4540 180 547.

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