Education Scholarships

Perpetual FIA Scholarships

Aimed at building capacity and capability in the fundraising sector.

Perpetual shares FIA’s vision for a greater impact for a better world through best-practice fundraising. They understand that ongoing professional education and training are critical to ensuring the improvement and success of fundraising, so they have partnered with FIA as the peak body for fundraising in Australia to provide these valuable scholarships. 

The scholarships provided by Perpetual will ensure fundraising professionals advance their skills and knowledge to continue to make a greater impact in fulfilling the missions of the causes they so passionately work for.

Perpetual is committed to acting in the best interests of the communities they support to ensure a positive impact and sustainable future – this partnership will help fulfill this commitment. 

  • Eight fully paid Certificate & Diploma scholarships are for the awarded recipients with study to be undertaken in 2023 – 2024.  
  • Suitable applicants who are not current FIA members may be eligible to have Professional Membership fees paid for by Perpetual for 12 months.

The eight FIA Perpetual Scholarships have now been awarded. Thank you to all those who submitted applications. We hope to be able to offer more in the future.

Frank Chamberlin Scholarship

Aimed at improving copywriting for fundraising skills.

Frank Chamberlin was an FIA member for more than 20 years. Having founded copywriting consultancy Action Words, Frank was engaged by hundreds of fundraising organisations and professionals for his expertise in copywriting for fundraising. 

Frank developed and delivered Copywriting for Fundraising for FIA since 2012 and in 2020 retired after making a significant positive impact on FIA members and the broader fundraising sector. It is with great thanks and gratitude that FIA provides a scholarship for aspiring fundraising copywriters in Frank’s name. 

The Frank Chamberlin Scholarship will be awarded each year to one early-career fundraiser to undertake FIA’s Copywriting Essentials course online. 

Applications for this scholarship open 20 March 2023 & close 21 April 2023. 

The Leo Orland/FIA Foundation Scholarship for early-career fundraisers.

This scholarship is offered by the FIA Foundation in honor of fundraising legend Leo Orland, to enable an early career fundraiser to gain a comprehensive foundation in best practice fundraising by studying the Fundraising Institute Australia’s Certificate in Professional Fundraising. Applicants must be a current individual member or staff of organisation member of FIA with a minimum of one year’s experience in fundraising (either volunteer or paid).

Applications for this scholarship open 20 March 2023 & close 21 April 2023. 

Aimed at mid-career fundraisers looking to advance their skills, thanks to BMS Group.

The BMS Scholarship provides support to the future leaders of fundraising. This scholarship is open to current individual members or staff of organisation members of FIA who have a minimum of three years’ experience in professional fundraising to be awarded a place on the Diploma in Professional Fundraising. This is a fully paid scholarship for the awarded recipient with study to be undertaken in 2022 – 2023.

The Diploma in Professional Fundraising course prerequisites are:

  • 3 years fundraising experience.And have access to:
  • a database of donors
  • a database with a history of diverse funding
  • direct marketing campaigns with results
  • other team members to learn from/liaise with
  • acquittal/stewardship reports

Applications for this scholarship open 20 March 2023 & close 21 April 2023. 

FIA National Conference Scholarships

Aimed at improving fundraising skills in small charities.

The FIA Conference National Scholarship provides an opportunity for FIA members to attend the conference when they would otherwise not have the opportunity, due to financial means. The scholarship was introduced in 2016 to help support and improve fundraising skills in small charities and not-for-profits within Australia. The scholarship covers the cost of a full FIA Conference member registration. The scholarship covers the cost of conference registration only. Any other costs (such as travel, accommodation, awards gala dinner tickets or any other expenses) must be met by the scholarship recipient. Applications for the 2024 Conference are not yet open.

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