The Women Leaders Institute Scholarship

To encourage a diverse pipeline of future leaders, we are excited to announce our Developing Diverse Leaders Scholarship initiative. 
We are offering scholarship assistance to women from diverse backgrounds who have historically been underrepresented in these sectors. This includes (but not limited to) women of Māori or Pasifika descent, linguistically and culturally diverse women, women living with disability and members of the LGBTQI+ community. The scholarship will cover the two-day conference fee. 
Who are we looking for? 
We are looking for changemakers with:  
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and/or potential – we appreciate leadership on any scale  
  • Intellectual curiosity and growth mindset – you’re ready to get uncomfortable to advance to the next level of leadership  
  • Ambition and drive – but unable to access/receive substantial funding for leadership training   
Priority will be given to applicants from community and/or small Not-For-Profit organisations.   
Why should you apply? 
Women are underrepresented at leadership and management levels in New Zealand workplaces, significantly women from diverse backgrounds. By building a more diverse talent pipeline that feeds into our workforce, we can provide more opportunities for women from underrepresented groups to pursue and thrive in leadership positions. 
How to apply?  
To make an application, please write to with the following details:  
  • Name, Job Title and Organisation  
  • Management Level (Early Career, Mid or Senior)  
  • Link to your LinkedIn profile    
  • Why you’re applying for the WLI Scholarship and how it will help you    
Once applications have been reviewed, successful candidates will be notified by email. Applications close four weeks before the event.