Endeavour Leadership Program, Australia 2018


Endeavour Leadership Program, Australia 2018 : The 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 ELP provides opportunities for established and emerging leaders to undertake a global mobility experience within their study, research or professional field. Endeavour Leaders will have the opportunity to build enduring international networks, strengthen education and research engagement between Australia and priority countries, and enhance Australia’s commercial success and economic prosperity. The ELP was announced as part of the 2018-19 Budget and will operate from 2019. This is an ongoing program and application rounds will be held annually.

The objectives of the 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.

The intended outcomes of the ELP are:

  • growth in the number of durable, high-value institutional and individual connections as a result of ELP-funded education, training, research and professional activities
  • an increase in the number of high quality research outcomes (including commercialisation and joint publications) resulting from ELP funding
  • employability of Endeavour Leaders and resultant contribution to the Australian economy

The Australian Government has announced a total of $118.9 million over four years for the ELP. Under the 2019 round, approximately $27 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:

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

Individual applicants

To participate in the 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 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.

Applicant Institutions

  • To participate in the 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.

To apply you must:

  • complete the online application form through EOL (for individual applicants) or ISEO (for applicant institutions)
  • provide all the information requested
  • address all eligibility criteria and assessment criteria
  • include all necessary attachments.


  • 20 September 2018 ELP applications open.
  • Applicants apply online 15 November 2018 (11.59 pm AEDT)
  • Applications close November 2018 – February 2019
  • Applications short listed, assessed and offers made
  • February 2019 The Minister for Education the Hon. Dan Tehan MP, announces the outcomes of the 2019 Round February 2019
  • Successful and unsuccessful applicants receive an email regarding the outcome of their application February – March 2019
  • Successful Endeavour Leaders and Recipient Institutions complete and return necessary documentation March 2019 – December 2019
  • Leadership Activities commence for individual recipients March 2019 – August 2020 Leadership Activities commence for institutions
Applications for the 2019 round of  the Endeavour Leadership Program are now open.
Applications will close on 15 November at 11:59 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDT)


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