Donate now
Supporting the next generation of school leaders | Menzies Foundation

Supporting the next generation of school leaders


A new $1.5 million partnership between the Menzies Foundation and the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne will support outstanding school leaders to further develop their leadership capacity. 

“We are thrilled to launch the inaugural Menzies School Leader Fellowship program, which is now open for applications from school leaders, principals, assistant principals and lead teachers in Victorian primary and secondary schools,” said Liz Gillies, CEO of the Menzies Foundation.

“This new program aims to support the development of leadership capability in schools. We are keen to identify and support emerging school leaders.

“Our new program in partnership with the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne represents an investment of $1.5 million over the next three years.

“Fellows will be working with internationally renowned Laureate Professor John Hattie to explore how they can be supported in their leadership journey to build collective efficacy in their schools,” said Ms Gillies.

“The Menzies School Leader Fellowship Program will work at the individual, school and system level to build leadership capability across the education sector.

“This is critical in supporting school leaders who have the capacity to make catalytic change to improve student learning outcomes,” said Ms Gillies.

The first Menzies School Leadership Fellows will be appointed in early 2019. As well as the Leadership Development program, each Fellow will receive $30,000 for a Collective Efficacy Project, $24,000 for professional development and travel, as well as membership of the University of Melbourne's Network of Schools program for each Fellow's school, worth $46,000, and membership of the Menzies Alumni.

“The Fellowship will initially be piloted in Victoria, with the hope to extend Australia-wide in the future to support the next generation of emerging leaders in education across the country,” Ms Gillies added.

Established in 1979 to perpetuate the legacy of Sir Robert Menzies, Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister, the Menzies Foundation has a 40-year track record in backing outstanding leaders.

The Foundation plays a philanthropic role in supporting the development of leadership capability in three priority areas of: leadership in schools; entrepreneurship in science; and guiding Australia’s response to complex global legal issues, with a particular focus currently on cyber security.

Menzies School Leader Fellowship applications close 21 December 2018. Find out how to apply.