Key dates for 2017

  • Applications openMonday 27th February
  • Applications closeTuesday 4th April
  • Applicants will be notified: April 25th to May 12th

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.


The Program is FREE for the selected participants. 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:

  • Quality of work as demonstrated by the application and support material provided and relevant professional experience.
  • Relevance of the program to the applicant’s future professional goals
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in politics
  • Demonstrated capability and confidence to engage in a meaningful and active way with program peers
  • Potential to apply outcomes of the program to the benefit of the community

Please note: Due to the expected number of applicants, we are not able to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.


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 queries or would like updates relating to the Pathways to Politics Program for Women, please email Stephanie Amir with your enquiry.