We offer a range of scholarships to help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to get ahead.

Graduate Certificate of Management Scholarship

This scholarship consists of the full tuition fees for Chifley Business School’s Graduate Certificate of Management course. Valued at $5,320.*

About the Scholarship

Chifley’s Graduate Certificate of Management is a nested award of the MBA program.

The MBA (Technology Management) program is developed specifically for professionals in the engineering, science, technology and related sectors. It is designed to be relevant across all aspects of your work, ranging from broad business units to more specialist subjects that provide technical professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in management roles.

You will graduate having integrated your new knowledge with existing experience, and being able to apply it to new situations. In addition to being able to communicate your findings, you will have the skills to implement agreed solutions efficiently.

We will also help you develop your interpersonal skills, so you will leave with increased confidence in your ability to interact effectively with a range of specialists.

How to apply

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Chifley Business School for more information.

Applications are usually opened in August each year.

Eligibility

All applicants must be financial members of the Association.

All applicants must meet Chifley Business School’s entry requirements to be able to accept the scholarship. To find out more about the application requirements visit the Chifley Business School website.

Chifley Business School

*Textbooks not included as part of the scholarship.

IT Upskill is a skills development scholarship program which demonstrates our commitment to supporting IT Professionals’ training needs. The program is one of a range of services available to IT Professionals.

What is IT Upskill?

To supplement its comprehensive range of services to IT Professionals, IT Upskill has been to show our commitment to sponsoring our IT members’ continuing professional development.

Why a Scholarship program?

We want our IT Professionals to understand that we are committed to investing in their CPD.

The scholarship program provides members with a cash incentive of $500 towards training they choose as relevant and flexible enough to meet their individual needs.

How does it operate?

The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis. The member who is awarded the scholarship will receive $500 cash to spend on skills development in the area chosen by the recipient.

Who can participate?

You are eligible to enter if you are a current financial member, are an ITprofessional and complete the application form.

How is the scholarship recipient selected?

Scholarship applications will be assessed against the criteria listed below. In their application, the scholarship recipient should:

  • demonstrate an ongoing commitment to professional development and extending their existing skills (for example, building on previous training);
  • show an understanding of potential networking opportunities afforded by professional development to a consultant/contractor; and
  • be pursuing professional development in an area which will contribute to their portfolio of transferable skills.

When do I need to get my application in by?

Applications close on the 31st May.

Download application

Download IT scholarship application form

Previous Scholarship Recipients

Women in IT scholarship – Continuing Professional Development as a way to help address barriers to advancement

The Professionals Australia Women in IT scholarship is a program which demonstrates our commitment to providing positive and tangible support for women in the IT profession.

Women are seriously underrepresented in the IT sector – women’s participation is under 10 per cent for most specialised ICT professional occupations.

We believe that Continuing Professional Development (CPD) plays an important role in helping address barriers to advancement at the workplace level and in turn underrepresentation at the structural level.

How can CPD help address barriers to advancement at the workplace level?

What is the reality of advancement in your workplace?

While EEO and workplace diversity strategies aim to broaden the pool from which managerial talent is drawn, take the time to note what the reality is in your organisation. Are managers drawn from the sales, production or finance areas for example as is often the case – areas which directly affect the bottom line.

As a practical strategy, you should aim to understand the sections from which managers are drawn, and then let this knowledge inform your choices.

Formal or informal CPD might assist you moving into the areas from which managers are drawn if you have limited existing experience.

Develop your management skills alongside technical skills

For technology-based professionals, a not uncommon career scenario is advancement towards a role as a specialist with expertise in a particular field, and while this can operate to assist your career progression to a certain point, it may also limit your potential for advancement into the Senior Management and Executive level.

A possible solution in terms of career development could be to develop your management skills base alongside your technical expertise. If you’re planning on specialising in a particular area, consider becoming your organisation’s reference authority in a secondary area of expertise – technical or otherwise. While you might acquire lots of hands-on experience managing and developing others, don’t let that be a substitute for formally-recognised management skills.

Don’t limit your options by specialising at the expense of your broader skills set. Invest in CPD which develops and formalises your management as well as technical skills.

Leadership styles

Women can be regarded as having an “inclusive” or “process-driven” style of leadership rather than a leadership style which enables them to make and implement tough outcomes-driven corporate decisions.

A useful strategy would be to pursue accredited qualifications in leadership so your skills in this area are formally recognised by an independent external body.

Earnings potential and post-graduate qualifications

Graduate Careers Council of Australia surveys have consistently shown that the differential between male and female earnings decreases as participation in post-graduate education advances. That is, at the Masters level there may still be a significant difference between the median salaries of males compared with females, but considerably less so at the doctorate level.

Whether or not you choose to pursue post-graduate education will depend on whether or not it will be relevant in the context of your organisation or in your professional area of expertise, but it is a practical strategy worth considering.

Returning from a career break

Returning from a career break presents a range of challenges including an ill-informed perception that your commitment to your work may be compromised by family responsibilities. Support from your manager and a commitment to win/win flexible work practices are likely to be useful.

Consider also formal and informal, internal and external CPD (or a combination of both) that might assist you effectively transition back into the workplace.

Ensuring part-timers have access to CPD

Women generally comprise a relatively higher proportion of those working part-time in a workplace. If those working part-time in your workplace have differential access to training, arranging CPD to broaden your skills base or keep your skills up-to-date is worth considering.

Ensure you have access to CPD even if you’re working part-time.

Mentoring

Support through mentoring is one of the most useful forms of informal CPD for helping address potential obstacles to career advancement.

Seek out mentoring opportunities within and beyond your organisation.

Understanding the processes of decision-making

Networking, maintaining a profile and having a “seat at the table” can all facilitate career advancement. It allows you to learn how decisions are made, who the key decision-makers are and how succession planning in your organisation works. You need to understand how to be articulate in how your section or role contributes to the goals and bottom line of the organisation, and promote the value of your role and section to decision-makers. Where possible, participate in decision-making meetings so you are aware of what’s happening in the organisation and, just as importantly, they are aware of you. Undertaking collaborative projects with other colleagues or departments may also be a way of raising your profile with managers beyond your own section.

Consider CPD in running effective meetings, public speaking, presentation skills and networking.

Avoiding the Superwoman Syndrome

When considering a more senior position, many women may be wary about a possible increase in time and out-of-hours commitment. But don’t assume that a more senior role will necessarily mean you can’t find a balance. If you’re considering a promotion, find out what the time and travel commitments are, and whether flexible arrangements, re-prioritising and appropriate delegation could mean that you could successfully manage the change.

Consider CPD in effective delegation and time management.

In practical terms, don’t deny yourself advancement solely on the basis that it may upset the finely tuned balance you’ve achieved in what are already invariably very busy lives.

CPD strategies again …

  • Formal or informal CPD might assist you moving into the areas from which managers are drawn if you have limited existing experience
  • Don’t limit your options by specialising at the expense of your broader skills set. Invest in CPD which formalises your management skills as well as your technical skills.
  • Pursue accredited qualifications in leadership so your skills in this area are formally recognised by an independent external body
  • Consider post-graduate education as a means to broadening your areas of expertise and minimising pay differential
  • Consider formal and informal, internal and external CPD (or a combination of both) that might assist you effectively transition back into the workplace if you’re returning from a career break
  • Ensure you have access to CPD even if you’re working part-time
  • Seek out mentoring opportunities within and beyond your organisation
  • Consider CPD in running effective meetings, public speaking, presentation skills and networking
  • Consider CPD in effective delegation and time management

The scholarship

Why a scholarship program?

We want our Women in IT members to understand that we are committed to:

  • encouraging you to develop the skills that will help address some of the barriers to remaining in IT; and
  • helping you further advance your IT career.

The scholarship program provides the recipient with a cash incentive of $500 towards CPD which will help meet these objectives.

How does it operate?

The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis. The member who is awarded the scholarship will receive $500 cash to spend on skills development in their chosen area.

Who can participate?

You are eligible to enter if you are a current financial Professionals Australia member, female, registered with our IT group, complete the application form and are prepared to provide a pic and be included in an item on the scholarship in our e-newsletter and member journal.

How is the scholarship recipient selected?

The winner will be selected on the basis of their answer to the question contained in Part 2 of the Application Form where applicants detail how they think the training will help address some of the barriers to remaining in IT and/or will further advance your IT career.

When do I need to get my application in by?

Applications close 30 May.

Application Form

Download the application form here.

Previous Scholarship Recipients

    Each year Professionals Australia provides up to two scholarships for early-career scientist members to attend Science meets Parliament (SmP), a two-day event that brings together more than 200 of Australia’s top scientists and decision-makers in Canberra.

    The scholarship is selected on the basis of an essay competition and each scholarship covers recipient members’ conference fees, travel and accommodation.

    The aim of the event is twofold – firstly to demonstrate our commitment to the continuing professional development of our early-career Professional Scientist members, and secondly to encourage debate around the big picture issues facing science in Australia.

    Science meets Parliament 2018

    To be considered for the scholarship, you need to submit a brief CV plus a 1000 words or less essay addressing one of these questions:

    What kind of support, structures and practices in science and R&D will be necessary to allow us to meet the contemporary and future challenges we face as a nation?

    or

    In your view what policy settings and initiatives would help attract the next generation of scientists to the profession and encourage innovation?

    or

    In your view what policy settings and initiatives would encourage greater collaboration between industry and the research sector, and researchers to work in industry in greater numbers?

    Closing date for entries is 31st January, 2018.

    Essays should be emailed to scientists@professionalsaustralia.org.au.

    Previous Scholarship Recipients

    • Science meets Parliament 2017

      The 2017 Science meets Parliament was held on 21 and 22 March. Speakers included Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel, CEO of the NHMRC Professor Anne Kelso, Australian of the Year Professor Alan ...

    • Science meets Parliament 2016

      The 2016 Science meets Parliament was held on 1 and 2 March. Speakers included Australian Research Council CEO Professor Aiden Byrne, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Science, Deputy ...

    • Science Meets Parliament 2015

      Science meets Parliament 2015 The 2015 Science meets Parliament was held on 24 and 25 March. Speakers included Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb AC, Business Council of Australia President and ...

    • 2014 Science meets Parliament – Applications Open

      Want to learn the best ways to communicate your science message and influence decision-makers in Canberra? Professionals Australia believes strongly in supporting members to develop interesting and ...

    Architect Upskill is a skills development scholarship program which demonstrates Professionals Australia’s commitment to supporting the training and development needs of Architects.

    The program is one of a range Professionals Australia services available to Architects.

    What is Architect Upskill?

    To supplement its comprehensive range of services to Architects, Architect Upskill has been to show our commitment to sponsoring our Architects’ continuing professional development.

    Why a Scholarship program?

    We want our Architects to understand that we are committed to investing in their CPD.

    The scholarship program provides members with a cash incentive of $500 towards training they choose as relevant and flexible enough to meet their individual needs.

    How does it operate?

    The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis. The member who is awarded the scholarship will receive $500 cash to spend on skills development in the area chosen by the recipient.

    Who can participate?

    Current financial Architect members are eligible for the Architect Upskill scholarship, subject to the following:

    • members of the Architects Division Committee, whether elected or appointed to casual vacancies, will be ineligible to be the recipient of the Architects Division scholarship;

    • winners will not be considered for the scholarship in subsequent years; and

    • the award recipient agrees to an item on the scholarship being included in the Professionals Australia e-news.

    How is the scholarship recipient selected?

    The winner will be selected on the basis of their answers to the question contained in Part 2 of the Application Form where applicants detail how they think they would benefit from the proposed professional development.

    Applications will be assessed for whether the applicant:

    • demonstrates an ongoing commitment to professional development and extending their existing skills including building on previous training;

    • shows an understanding of the important contribution of new and up-to-date technical skills to good design and innovation; and/or

    • recognises the need for technical specialists to broaden their skills base particularly in the self-development areas of interpersonal, communication, and people and time management.

    Applications close 30 September.

    Download the Scholarship application form