Applications have now closed for the 2019 Pathways to Politics Program for Women. Subscribe to our mailing list to stay informed about the Program.


Eligibility guidelines

The program will accept up to 25 participants. Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens, an Australian permanent resident, or the holder of a permanent Humanitarian Visa, and have completed an:

  1. undergraduate degree at any university, and are currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral degree at the University of Melbourne; OR
  2. an undergraduate and/or a honours, masters or doctoral degree at the University of Melbourne

Participants will be selected on a competitive basis.

  • Fees

    The Program is FREE for the selected participants. The Program is generously funded by the Trawalla Foundation and is hosted by Melbourne School of Government. Participants must attend the program in person. Any flights, ground transfers, accommodation, and other fees associated with attending the program are not included in the costs covered by the Program. Meals will be provided during each session (gluten-free and vegetarian options provided on request).

  • Selection criteria

    Applicants to the Pathways to Politics Program must address the selection criteria below in a written response within an online application form.

    The selection criteria are as follows:

    • Commitment to seeking elected office
    • Leadership experience
    • Professional and life experience
    • Political engagement
    • Ability to tell your story in a compelling way.
  • Equity

    The Pathways to Politics Program is committed to minimising barriers and broadening access to the University of Melbourne. As such, applicants identified by the Selection Committee as coming from one of the University’s ‘equity’ cohorts will be prioritised.

    To be eligible to apply for a position in this equity category applicants must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or the holder of a permanent Humanitarian Visa. Applicants must be able to demonstrate capacity to succeed in the Program, through satisfying the application selection criteria. Applicants must also qualify for one or more of the following criteria:

    • Recognition as an Indigenous Australian
    • Previous status as a refugee or current holder of a humanitarian visa
    • Disadvantaged socio-economic circumstances
    • Disability or chronic medical condition
    • Difficult personal circumstances; or
    • Coming from a rural or isolated area.

If you have any other queries relating to the Pathways to Politics Program for Women, please see our frequently asked questions section or contact us.