The John Monash Scholarships celebrate one of Australia’s finest leaders and are inspired by his vision that education ” befits persons for the higher duties of citizenship, and for the roles of leadership in all fields, to make Australia great.” (General Sir John Monash, 1920).

John Monash Scholarships are open to outstanding Australians with demonstrated leadership skills who are studying or working in areas of potential benefit to Australia. The Scholarship is publicised at all Australian universities to highlight the wonderful opportunity it offers for recipients to undertake postgraduate studies at an international institution.


Why apply for a John Monash Scholarship?

A minimum of 10 postgraduate Scholarships are available, each valued at AUD $60,000 per year for a maximum of three years (up to AUD $180,000 ).

John Monash Scholars immediately achieve national and local recognition through the publicity offered to the Scholarships. Over the longer term, the Scholars are part of a growing community of outstanding Australian leaders aspiring to advance our nation.

The Scholarships have no age or discipline restrictions, and are tailored for modern leadership in a global society.

If you think you have a record of achievement and desire to play a leadership role for Australia contact us to discuss an application.  The Foundation will be delighted to hear from you.


In awarding John Monash Scholarships, factors considered include:

  • Outstanding Intellect – demonstrated by academic excellence (having completed or are about to complete a university degree or degrees with outstanding results);  excellence can also be demonstrated through language skills, musical skills and/or publications;
  • Leadership – demonstrated and potential – within or outside of an Applicant’s field of study or professional field; Citizenship – community service;
  • Program – a defined research project or study programme to be conducted at an overseas University;
  • Proposed Career Trajectory – a credible and concrete pathway, addressing an issue the applicant is passionate about which is of benefit to Australia;
  • Referee reports supporting the applicant’s profile.

The John Monash Scholarships are available for postgraduate Scholars to attend universities that are considered to be amongst the global leaders in their field of study. Applicants should identify in their applications up to three universities to which they have sought or would seek acceptance.

To consider applying, a candidate and their (two) referees should believe they have demonstrated excellence in their university degree, together with the ability to lead in the private or public sector.

They must believe that completing a post-graduate qualification at an outstanding institution in another country would give them recognition, skills, and networks that equip them for a leadership role in or for Australia in coming decades.

For the ten or more applicants who receive a John Monash Scholarship each year, the benefits are immediate and enduring. The Foundation, and the John Monash Scholars, form a professional network which continues to provide support for Scholars throughout their career.

Who Can Apply

To be eligible to apply for a John Monash Scholarship you must:

  1. Be an Australian Citizen;
  2. Have completed or be about to complete an undergraduate degree from an Australian University, and;
  3. Be planning to undertake postgraduate study at an overseas university commencing in the calendar year following the year of application and selection.

The Scholarships support any postgraduate degree however the Applicant must be able to argue the merits of the chosen course and institution.

The John Monash Scholarships are not limited by age, gender, or academic field of study.

Commencement of Studies

The Scholarships are granted for the commencement of the study programme in the calendar year following the year of application and selection.

Kathryn Roberts & Peter Darvall

Above 2014 Scholar Kathryn Roberts with Prof Peter Darvall AO, Chair of the National Selection Panel

Application Process

Selection Procedure for the Scholarships:

May – August 2016 Applications open for the 2017 John Monash Scholarships.
End August Short listing: a national shortlisting panel will review applications and recommend for interview by the State and Territory Selection Panels.
September – October State and Territory interviews: State and Territory based Panels will interview a total of between 80 and 90 applicants and recommend 25-30 Finalists for interview by the National Selection Panel.
November The National Selection Panel, chaired by a Director of the Foundation, is responsible for interviewing Finalists and making recommendations to the Board of the Foundation, who will make the final selection of Scholars.


Winners of a John Monash Scholarship are informed by the CEO of the Foundation and publically announced in the November. The Scholarships Presentation Ceremony will then be held in the first quarter of the following year.

Ms Renata Bernarde Chief Executive Officer

Renata Bernarde is the Chief Executive of the General Sir John Monash Foundation.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Renata worked for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) as the National Manager for Member and Corporate Engagement. In this role, Renata engaged with business, government, academia and community organisations to provide thought leadership and policy perspectives on the economic and social issues facing Australia.

Additionally, Renata has worked at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, Monash University and The University of Melbourne. Before moving to Australia she was an international education agent in South America, representing universities from Europe, North America and Australia.

In 2009 Renata was part of a team that won an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation Award for exceptional services to postgraduate students. She is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and has served on boards and committees including the La Trobe University MBA Advisory Board, Children’s Protection Society Philanthropic Committee, John Monash Science School Philanthropic & Corporate Support Committee, and the Fitted for Work Melbourne Advisory Committee.

Renata graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce, and completed her Honours at Monash University.

Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC Governor General

The Patron-in-Chief of the Foundation is His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. The Governor-General, commitments allowing, presents the Scholarships at a gala ceremony in the first quarter of the following year in which they are selected.  Each of the Governors of the States of Australia is invited to be a Patron of the Foundation. The Governors play no role in the selection process, but often meet with the Scholarship winners from their State.

Jillian Segal 2014
Ms Jillian Segal AM Chairman

Jillian is Chairman of the AICC NSW(Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce), a Non-executive Director of the National Australia Bank, the ASX Limited and The Garvan Institute of Medical Research. She is Deputy Chancellor of UNSW Australia, a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust and a Member of the Australian War Memorial Council. Previously, she has been a Member of the Federal Government’s Remuneration Tribunal, President of the Administrative Review Council, a member of the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council and involved with a number of other not-for-profit organisations. Jillian is a graduate in arts and law from UNSW and has a Masters of Law from Harvard Law School. Jillian was a partner, and later consultant, at Allen Allen & Hemsley solicitors from 1986 to 1996 and was a Commissioner of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) from 1997 to 2002, being Deputy Chair from 2000 to 2002.


Board of Directors

Mr Steven Skala AO Board of Directors

Steven is Vice Chairman, Australia and New Zealand, of Deutsche Bank AG. He is Chairman of Wilson HTM Investment Group Ltd and a Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Hexima Limited. Steven is Vice President of the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, a Director of the Centre for Independent Studies and is a Member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Advisory Council of the Australian Innovation Research Centre. He is a past Chairman of Film Australia Limited and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, a former director of Max Capital Group Limited, the Channel Ten Group, The King Island Company Limited, Rothschild Australia e-Fund Investors Pty Ltd and The Australian Ballet, a former Trustee of the Sir Zelman Cowen Foundation for Medical Research and a former Member of the Global Foundation and the Grievance Tribunal of Cricket Australia. Steven practised law in Brisbane, London, and in Melbourne where for almost 20 years he was a Partner and Head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice of Arnold Bloch Leibler, Solicitors. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in January 2010 for service to the arts, education, business and commerce.

Mr David Clarke Board of Directors

David Clarke is a 2007 John Monash Scholarship recipient and is the founder of InLife Independent Living, a new non-profit organisation supporting people with disability to live fuller and more fulfilling lives. He is a former Principal in the Melbourne office of The Boston Consulting Group and holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Melbourne and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University. His prior work experience includes economic development advisor to the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership and change consultant to CARE International, a leading humanitarian NGO. David sits on both the Investment Committee and the Finance, Risk & Audit Committee of the Foundation.

Emeritus Prof Peter Darvall AO Board of Directors

Peter, Chair of the National Selection Panel, having chaired the Victorian Selection Panel until 2009. He had a distinguished career in civil engineering and was at Monash University for 33 years, during which time he was the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, responsible for research and development and information technology, and Vice-Chancellor and President of Monash University. Professor Darvall is the author of several books on mechanics and structures and has written numerous research papers on topics related to his areas of expertise. He has been a Board member of the Prince Henry’s Institute for Medical Research, Montech, the Victorian Strategic Industry Foundation (SIRF), the Baker Medical Research Institute, the Institute of Reproduction and Development and the Cooperative Research Centres for Catchment Hydrology, Water Quality and Treatment, and Freshwater Ecology and was on the board of Melbourne Water until October 2009.

Mr Stephen Gerlach AM Board of Directors

Stephen, Chair of the Foundation’s Investment Committee, is Chancellor of Flinders University of South Australia. He was formerly the Chairman of Santos Ltd, Futuris Corporation Ltd (now called Elders Ltd), Equatorial Mining Ltd, Elders Australia Ltd, Challenger Listed Investments Ltd, Amdel Ltd and Penrice Ltd and formerly a Director of Southcorp Ltd, Brunner Mond Holdings Ltd (UK) and Elders Rural Bank. He is the Chairman of Adelaide Capital Partners Pty Ltd and Gerlach Asset Development Pty Ltd and a Director of Beston Pacific Asset Management Pty Limited. Stephen was a partner of the Adelaide legal firm Finlaysons for 23 years and its Managing Partner from 1985 to 1991. At the present time, he is a member of the AICD and a member of the Corporate Governance Committee. He is a Trustee of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, Chairman of Foodbank South Australia Inc, a Director of Foodbank Australia Ltd and a Trustee of Psychosis Australia Fund. He was a Director and an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Red Cross Society and a Director of the Flinders Medical Research Foundation.

Ms Carolyn Kay Board of Directors

Carolyn Kay is a Director of Allens Linklaters, Brambles, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, John Swire & Sons and The Sydney Institute.  She is also a member of the Council of Chief Executive Women.

Carolyn has over 25 years of experience in Finance, particularly International Finance, including working as a banker and as a lawyer at Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Linklaters & Paines in London, New York and Australia.

Through her executive and non-executive career she has had experience across a broad range of sectors including banking & finance, funds management, mining, healthcare, logistics, infrastructure, packaging, beverages and the government sector.

She holds Bachelor Degrees in Law and Arts (Melbourne University) and a Graduate Diploma in Management (AGSM).  She was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to Australia in business leadership and is married with 3 children.

Carolyn is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Member of Chief Executive Women and Women Corporate Directors.

Mr Leon Kempler OAM Board of Directors

Leon is Chairman of Ducere and Chairman of Ducere Foundation and is the Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow (Monash University). His honorary roles include: National Chairman of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Advisory Council of the National Science and Technology Centre (Questacon); Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow Monash University; Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation Victoria; Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Royal Children’s Hospital; Committee Member of the Monash University School of Music; and Director of Wonderment Walk Victoria.

Ms Lee Liberman Board of Directors

Ms. Liberman is a Director of the LJCB Group of Companies, a diversified investment group, and chair of the Lee Liberman Charitable Foundation, which provides strategic educational grants to non-profit partners in Australia, Israel and the USA.

Lee is a long-standing Board Councillor of the University of Southern California (USC) Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education, and the immediate past Vice Chair of the University of Haifa Board of Governors.

Lee also is an established Board Member of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council and a Trustee of the Jewish Museum of Australia Foundation.

As a committed supporter of the arts, Lee has served on the Council of the Australian National Gallery and the Australian National Gallery Acquisitions Committee.

Lee is the Producer and Editor of A Day in the Life of Israel, as well as Jerusalem in the Shadow of Heaven, both published by Harper Collins

Lee also is the Producer and Editor of A Day in the Life of Africa, published by Penguin – Australia/New Zealand/South Africa and the Tides Foundation in the USA, Germany, (in German) and France (in French). Lee chairs the Day In the Life of Africa AIDS Education Fund, which directs all publishing profits from the sale of the book toward AIDS education initiatives in Africa.

Mrs Jan McCahey Board of Directors

Jan, Chair of the Foundation’s Finance & Audit Committee, is a senior partner and member of the Board of Partners of PwC, with wide experience in accounting and financial reporting regulation and compliance. Prior to joining PwC, Jan was Chief Accountant at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. From 2002 she was a member of the Australian Government’s Business Regulation Advisory Group. She has been a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board, and since 2010 she has been a member of the Australian Public Policy Committee. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She Chairs the Advisory Board for the Centre for Accounting and Industry Partnerships at the University of Melbourne and is a director of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.

Prof Alan Robson AO CitWA Board of Directors

Alan Robson served as Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia from 2004-2011, following more than a decade as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost (since 1993). He was Chair of the Group of Eight (2007-2010), Deputy Chair of the Council of the National Library (1998-2005), Deputy Chair of Universities Australia (2009-2011), a member of the Western Australian Science Council (2003-2009) and the CSIRO Board (2003-2008). He has also held the positions of Foundation Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA), Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Head of the School of Agriculture and Professor of Agriculture (Soil Science) at The University of Western Australia. In 2003, Professor Robson was made a Member of the Order of Australia, and awarded a Centenary Medal. In 2009, Professor Robson was made a Citizen of Western Australia and in 2013 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Mrs Wendy Simpson OAM Board of Directors

Wendy Simpson is chairman of Wengeo Group a private investment group, which invests in industrial and commercial property developments.

Wendy has been a member of the General Sir John Monash Scholarship NSW selection panel for seven years.

Her pioneering achievements include – Founding Chairman of Springboard Enterprises Australia, a community-driven accelerator program that recruits, coaches, supports, and promotes investment-ready, high-growth companies led by women. She was the first woman appointed as a Senior Vice President of Alcatel Asia Pacific based in Shanghai, implementing sales of major mobile and broadband services to 17 countries. At this time, she was part of the team who negotiated with the Chinese government to bring the internet to China. Other pioneering roles are being the first woman appointed by the Victorian government as the Chief Representative and Trade Commissioner for North Asia, she was also the first woman appointed to a freight operations role in the TNT International network and established the first QBE women’s group whilst in a senior role at QBE insurance.

She has been a 3 times finalist in Telstra Businesswomen’s Awards and in 2006, she was a finalist in the Shanghai Business Women of the Year Awards.

In the 2013 Australia Day honours list she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her work with disadvantaged young people and a range of women’s groups. She has been inducted into the Australian Businesswoman’s Hall of Fame and in 2013 was listed as one of Australia’s  100 women of influence by the Australian Financial Review.

Dr Jane Wilson Board of Directors

Jane, the former Chairman of the Finance & Audit Committee, is an independent non-executive director with a background in finance, banking and medicine. She is currently a director of Sonic Healthcare Ltd, Deputy Chancellor of the University of Queensland and Finance director of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. She is a Member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council and a Member of the Arts Investment Advisory Board in Queensland. Previous directorships include inaugural Chairman of Horticulture Australia, Chairman of IMBcom Ltd, Director of Bupa Australia & New Zealand, Universal Biosensors Ltd, Energex Ltd and Sun Retail Ltd, WorkCover Qld, and other small biotechnology companies. She served on the Premier’s Smart State Council in Qld and was a member of the Biotechnology Task Force. Dr Wilson has also served on the boards of a number of cultural and charitable institutions. She was the Queensland President and Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) from 2002 to 2004, and named in the inaugural 2012 AFR/Westpac Top 100 Women Awards in the Board/Management category. She has a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and a medical degree from the University of Queensland.