About Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships


The Australian Government Department of Education and Training administers the Endeavour Leadership Program.  The Endeavour Leadership Program aims to enhance Australia's reputation for excellence in international education through the continued internationalisation of the education, training and research sectors.

The objectives of the ELP are to 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. The ELP offers achieving individuals from Australia and overseas the opportunity to develop their knowledge and expertise and build institution-to-institution connections and create the next generation of international education and research leaders across a wide variety of professional fields.



The Australian Government has announced a total of $118.9 million over four years for the ELP.

Support Services

To ensure recipients gain the most from their experience they will receive ongoing support for the duration of their leadership activity. Recipients will also be able to share their journey with other recipients from around the globe. Upon successful completion, recipients will be eligible for membership of the Alumni Network. This network maintains the personal, institutional and educational links and friendships made.
The Department has engaged a contractor to provide Program administration support as well as post-selection support services to all individual Endeavour Leaders. Scope Global has been appointed by the department to provide post-selection support services to recipients. These services include:
  • a dedicated case manager
  • pre-departure briefings
  • provision of advice on health, travel, insurance, accommodation, security and legal matters
  • payment of funding
  • reporting to the department on recipients’ progress.


Cheung Kong Infrastructure (Holdings) Limited

In 2004 the department entered into sponsorship agreement with Cheung Kong Infrastructure (Holdings) Limited through its Australian subsidiary Powercorp Australia Limited, where the Government agreed to match Cheung Kong funding for researchers to travel to and from China and other agreed countries in Asia. Now renewed through until 2019, the Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship category is highly regarded as a unique and successful public/private partnership that has:
  • enabled the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships to reach a wider audience both domestically and internationally, including high profile communities in business and government
  • developed a prestigious reputation within Australian and international universities, research organisations and other stakeholders
  • assisted the department to increase the number of Endeavour Research Fellowships
  • demonstrated a successful model, on a practical scale, for future partnerships with other private sector partners.
The Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowships provide financial support for five postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows from participating Asian countries to undertake short-term research (4-6 months), in any field, in Australia, and for five Australians to do the same in participating Asian countries. Two-thirds of the fellowships are allocated to China (including Hong Kong SAR).

Australian-American Fulbright Commission

In addition to the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships, the department works with the Australian-American Fulbright Commission to fund the Fulbright - Anne Wexler Masters Scholarship in Public Policy which were announced by the Australian Government in 2009. Two scholarships are awarded annually—one for an Australian citizen to undertake a two year US Master Degree in Public Policy and one for an American citizen to undertake a two year Australian Master’s Degree in Public Policy. These scholarships recognise the late Anne Wexler’s contribution to fostering Australian-American relations and are administered by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission in Canberra.


The Australian Government announced the new Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP) as part of the 2018-19 Budget. The ELP amalgamates the two current Endeavour sub programs, Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships and the Endeavour Mobility Grants, into one program,. The ELP will support Australia's first National Strategy for International Education 2025, which sets out a 10-year plan for developing Australia as a global leader in education, training and research, through making transformative partnerships and expanding student, education and training professional and research mobility.