Passionate about sustainability and looking to make a difference?
The Wattle Fellowship is looking for you. 

We are after budding designers and policy makers; artists and engineers; advocates and economists. There is no singular type of person that we are looking for in this personal and professional development program, recognising that leadership can be practiced in many ways. Applicants at any stage, including the start, of their leadership journey are welcome to apply.

The Wattle Fellowship is an extracurricular leadership development program focused on sustainability where students will:

  • Participate in regular workshops to deepen your sustainability knowledge, learn practical skills and practice your leadership
  • Have access to world-leading academic experts and external sustainability practitioners
  • Attend residential leadership development retreats
  • Be provided with mentoring, coaching and support to implement an action project
  • Receive $5,000 for your action project and leadership development plan
  • Learning and growing with a cohort of peers from across the University
  • Formal recognition upon successful completion of the program on your University transcript

If you are not sure that you meet all of the requirements – we would still strongly encourage you to apply. You might be exactly the type of person we are looking for!

Applications are now open for round two of the 2022/23 Wattle  Fellowship Program

Please read the eligibility guidelines below to check that you are eligible to apply.

See the list of proposed dates for the 2022/2023 program at the bottom of this page.
These are subject to confirmation upon the acceptance of students.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our timelines for the interviews and commencement of the program have shifted. All candidates who applied before 8 May will be considered as part of our “early consideration” round.

Applications for our final round will close at midnight on Sunday June 19.

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If you have any questions about the program or the application process please email:

Eligibility guidelines

The program will accept up to 20 students.

Applicants must:

  • Be a current undergraduate or postgraduate student at the University of Melbourne.
  • Have completed at least one semester of an undergraduate degree prior to the commencement of the program.
  • Be in good academic standing. There is no WAM requirement for the Fellowship.

Domestic and international; part-time and full-time students are eligible for this program.

How to apply

Students will submit:

  • Written answers to questions that correspond to the selection criteria.
  • Evidence that demonstrates the applicant’s leadership qualities and ability to succeed in the program (this could take shape in the form of a reference letter or a portfolio of previous efforts for example).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a short interview with the Wattle Fellowship selection committee consisting of program staff, a University of Melbourne expert and external practitioner. This interview, along with the submitted information will be assessed across the four selection criteria.

Selection criteria

Note that we are committed to creating a diverse cohort, so we encourage people from all backgrounds and levels of experience to apply.

Commitment to sustainability

  • Applicant demonstrates a genuine passion for sustainability issues in a global context, and making a contribution to these issues.
  • Applicant has the knowledge and ability to apply sustainability solutions and actions in their relevant discipline and in an interdisciplinary manner.

Leadership potential and vision

  • Applicant can clearly articulate a vision for their role leading sustainability initiatives, including through contributing to and/or leading interdisciplinary projects as part of the program.
  • Applicant demonstrates strong leadership potential and related skills including teamwork, communication, and self-reflection.

Motivation and experience

  • Applicant can demonstrate instances of initiative, motivation and resilience through previous involvement with other formal and informal experiences.

Personal and professional attributes

  • Applicant demonstrates the attitudes, commitment and skills to successfully complete the program, collaborating and working alongside a diverse cohort.
  • Applicant is likely to make a strong and positive contribution to the Leaders for Global Sustainability program including ongoing engagement as an alum.

If you are a University of Melbourne staff member and would like to recommend a student for this program, please contact us

Program Dates 2022/2023

*Please note these are the revised proposed dates for all program elements for the 2022/23  program, they may be subject to change if necessary.

Orientation Session - Aug 2022 (daytime, date and location TBC)

Residential Retreat #1 – August 2022 (dates TBC)

2022 workshop dates:

Workshop 1

Wednesday 17 Aug

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Workshop 2

Wednesday 14 Sept

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Workshop 3

Wednesday 12 Oct

4:00pm – 8:00pm*

Workshop 4

Wednesday 16 Nov

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Residential Retreat #2 - November 2022 (dates TBC)

2023 workshop dates:

Workshop 5

Wednesday 22 Feb

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Workshop 6

Wednesday 8 March

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Workshop 7

Wednesday 29 March

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Residential Retreat #3 - 14–17 April 2023

Showcase event - 3 May 2023 (evening event)

Graduation Dinner - 10 May 2023 (evening event)