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Key dates for 2018

  • Applications openThursday 8th March
  • Applications closeWednesday 4th April at 5pm
  • Applicants will be notified: By 30th May
  • Program commences:  Saturday 28th July, with subsequent sessions on Thursday evenings

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.

Funding

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:

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