2023 Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program

AuSAE is committed to supporting emerging leaders in the association sector. We are proudly investing in a new generation of association leaders, empowering them to challenge the norms, explore new horizons, and establish fresh benchmarks in innovation and association management.

About the Emerging Leaders Scholarship

The Emerging Leaders program is about identifying future leaders in the association sector, developing their skills and capabilities to help them lead change and shape the association sector so that it remains vibrant and sustainable in the future.

Provided by the AuSAE and Adelaide Convention Centre, the Emerging Leaders Scholarship aims to support outstanding individuals in pursuing professional development in association management, while affording them the opportunity to attend the 2023 AuSAE Conference and Exhibition (ACE) in Canberra.

The Emerging Leaders Scholarship is awarded to five (5) exceptional individuals annually to support their professional development journey into association leadership. The 2023 scholarship includes travel, accommodation, and registration to the Annual AuSAE Conference & Exhibition (ACE) in Canberra on the 28-29 November 2023.

Applications for the 2023 Emerging Leaders Scholarships are now open. Scholarship applications close at 5pm (AEDT) on Friday, 27 October 2023.

Applications are now closed.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current employee of an association or not-for-profit organisation.
  • Have  less than three (3) years of experience in the association sector.
  • Reside and work in Australia.
  • Complete and submit your application before the closing deadline, 5pm on Friday, 27 October 2023.
  • Confirm your attendance at the ACE 2023 Conference & Exhibition on 28-29 November in Canberra.

Application process

To apply for the Emerging Leaders Scholarship, you must:

  • Complete the online Emerging Leaders Scholarship application form. To apply, click here.
  • Submit your application before the closing deadline, 5pm on Friday, 27 October 2023.

  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome during the first week of November.

Benefits of the Emerging Leaders Scholarship

The Emerging Leaders Scholarship offers the following benefits:

  • The opportunity to expand your professional network and enhance your knowledge and skills in association management.
  • Complimentary registration to  the ACE 2023 Conference in Canberra.
  • Coverage of travel and accommodation expenses to the ACE 2023 Conference.
  • Access to networking opportunities and social events with fellow association leaders.
  • An annual AuSAE membership in 2024

Meet our Past Scholarship Recipients

Meet our 2022 Future Leaders Scholarship Program recipients

  • Cassandra De Conno,  Operations Manager - SMSF Association (SA)
  • Samuel French,  National Membership Development Officer - Australian Institute of Architects (VIC)
  • Jessica Landers,  Deputy CEO and Manager of Accreditation and Certification - Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (VIC)
  • Louise Reid Communications and Marketing Manager - Cooperative Research Australia (ACT)
  • Tracey Rudd,  General Manager - Australian Rheumatology Association (NSW)

Meet our 2020 Future Leaders Scholarship Program recipients

  • Miriam Hobson, Occupational Therapy Australia, Manager SA & NT
  • Christina Zerk, Dental Hygienists Association of Australia, Membership & Administrative Officer
  • Susan Goode, Chief Executive Officer, Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group
  • Emma ShieldsRoyal Australian College of Surgeons, Program Coordinator
  • Sean Collum, Australian Institute of Credit Management, Member Administration
  • Tynelle Spinner, Records & Information Management Professionals Australasia, Member Services and Events Coordinator
  • Teagan HadleyHeavy Vehicle Industry Australia, Events Coordinator
  • Susie ObeidStrategic Programs Manager, Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • Sarah Allen, Australian Psychological Society, Conference and Events Coordinator
  • Daniel Petkovski, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Head of People & Culture

    Meet our 2020 Scholarship Recipients


"Myself and the Board are proud to support this years Future Leaders recipients and celebrate the partnership with the Adelaide Convention Centre.  It is a fantastic to see stellar emerging professionals coming through the ranks and I am excited to see their impact on the industry into the future.  As a young professional myself I relate to the achievements and dreams of each of the nominees and wish them every success in the future with AuSAE and their own professional journeys".

Holly Morchat Stanko
General Manager - Membership and Engagement at ACE New Zealand
AuSAE Board member 
Holly can be contacted on hmorchat@acenz.org.nz

The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)

Australian Office:
Address: Unit 6, 26 Navigator Place, Hendra QLD 4011 Australia
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Phone: +61 7 3268 7955
Email: info@ausae.org.au

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Phone: +64 27 249 8677
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