Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP)

Up to $5,000 is available from Endeavour Leadership Program to support two-way mobility for short and long-term study, research and professional development opportunities.

Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP)

Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP)

The Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP) is the Australian Government’s two way mobility program for short and long term study, research and professional development with Australia’s priority partner countries. The ELP supports Australia’s first National Strategy for International Education 2025 (the Strategy). The Strategy sets out a 10 year plan for developing Australia as a global leader in education, training and research, through making transformative partnerships (Pillar 2 of the Strategy), and expanding student, education and training professional and research mobility (Action 6.2 of the Strategy).



The Australian Government has announced a total of $118.9 million over four years for the Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP). Under the 2019 round, approximately $20 million in funding is available to support two-way mobility Leadership Activities. It will support short and long term study, training, research and professional development across a range of sub categories under the Endeavour Leadership Program, including:

  • Australia ASEAN Leadership category
  • Australia APEC Leadership category
  • Australia Latin America Leadership category
  • Asia Pacific Leadership category
  • Global Leadership category

There are two funding opportunities with differing financial benefits – one for Recipient Institutions, for distribution to their enrolled students; and one for Individual Endeavour Leaders. The number of opportunities in 2019 will depend on the amount of available funds as well as the number of highly suitable applications received.



The objectives of the Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP) are to:

  • enhance Australia’s reputation for excellence in international education through the continued internationalisation of the education, training and research sectors
  • contribute to the implementation of Government policy priorities, by increasing international research and education engagement between Australia and priority countries in key fields of education, research and innovation
  • offer high-achieving individuals from Australia and overseas the opportunity to develop their knowledge and expertise and build institution-to-institution connections
  • create the next generation of international education and research leaders across a wide variety of professional fields.



Funding for the 2019 round will be as follows:

Recipient Institutions

  • The minimum grant amount is $2500 per student.
  • The maximum grant amount is $5000 per student.

Individual Endeavour Leaders

  • All successful Individual Endeavour Leaders will receive: AU$3,000 per month as a stipend (maximum amount of AU$36,000 per calendar year paid up to the maximum category duration on a pro-rata basis)

Successful Individual Endeavour Leaders are also eligible for:

  • travel allowance of up to AU$3,000 (with provision to pay up to AU$4,500 under special circumstances)
  • establishment allowance of between AU$2,000 and AU$4,000 (dependent on program duration)
  • health insurance for the full category duration (Overseas Student Health Cover [OSHC] for international Recipients)
  • travel insurance (excluding during Program for international Recipients)


Eligible Activities

Applicants are expected to propose a Leadership Activity which will contribute to the objectives of the Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP). Eligible Leadership Activities include:

  • study towards an undergraduate qualification (through a Recipient Institution)
  • study towards a postgraduate or Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification
  • research towards a PhD or Masters qualification
  • postdoctoral research
  • institution-to-institution exchange
  • practicums, clinical placements, Internships, or volunteer Leadership Activities
  • mentoring, work experience or other professional development through a host work environment rather than through formal enrolment in a study program.


Eligible Applicants

To participate in the Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP), individual applicants must:

  • not be undertaking their Leadership Activity in a country where they hold citizenship/dual citizenship or permanent residency
    • Australian Individual Endeavour Leaders must not undertake their Leadership Activity in a country where they hold citizenship/dual citizenship or permanent residency
    • International Individual Endeavour Leaders must undertake their activity in Australia and not hold citizenship/dual citizenship or be a permanent resident of Australia.
  • be aged 18 years or over at the commencement of their Leadership Activity
  • not be in receipt of any other Australian Government sponsored mobility, scholarship or fellowship benefits
  • for Postgraduate or VET Leadership Activities, be undertaking an award course under the Australian Qualifications Framework at an Australian (Home or Host) organisation. The Page 11 of 31 organisation must be either an approved Higher Education Provider (HEP) or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
    • these Endeavour Leaders may not undertake their study at an Australian university campus or Australian organisation offshore

To participate in the Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP), Applicant Institutions must:

  • be an approved Higher Education Provider (HEP) or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO); and
  • have participating Students aged 18 years or over at the commencement of their Leadership Activity

Recipient Institutions must use ELP funding for the sole purpose of providing payments directly to their enrolled Students to enable their participation in a Project. Recipient Institutions are responsible for assessing enrolled Student’s eligibility and determining how eligible Students are chosen to receive funding.

Recipient institutions must be able to demonstrate that the process used to select students is fair, independent and transparent. The Applicant/Recipient Institution must provide this evidence to the department on request.



Applications close 15 November 2018.


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