TurksLegal and WiBF are strong advocates of excellence in the Australian banking and finance industry. The TurksLegal WiBF Leadership Scholarship is an exciting partnership between TurksLegal and WiBF to support the professional growth of excellence in the industry. The scholarship provides WiBF members with a significant career development opportunity particularly for professional women working within finance and banking.

Each year, the winner of the TurksLegal WiBF Leadership Scholarship will travel to the United States of America to participate in The Women's Leadership Program; a one week course by the highly esteemed Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

This course is designed to help women assess and address their unique strengths and challenges, as well as navigate the frequently complex dynamics of strategic business leadership. The prize includes return flights, course fees, materials, meals and accommodation to the value of over AU$11,000.

2016 Scholarship winner, Emily Smith, Director, Equities Analyst, Deutsche Bank AG Australia & New Zealand.

2016 Scholarship winner interview

The TurksLegal WiBF Scholarship brochure 

Details on the Scholarship

2017 Scholarship Judging Panel

The scholarship judging panel comprises a range of highly successful professionals across a diverse range of disciplines pertinent to the banking and finance sector.

The 2017 judging panel comprises the following industry leaders:

  • Melanie Willis, Non-Executive Director, Ardent Leisure Group, Mantra Group and Pepper Group
  • Fiona Harding, Associate General Counsel, Bank of Queensland
  • Julie Hunter, Managing Director, Institutional Banking and Markets, CBA
  • Belinda McGuinness, Director, Integrity Office, Macquarie
  • Amanda Dobbie, CEO, WiBF
  • David McCrostie, Partner & Practice Head of Banking, TurksLegal
  • Lisa Morrissey, Partner, TurksLegal

Entry Criteria

The TurksLegal WiBF Leadership Scholarship is open to all Australian resident members of WiBF. Each entrant must be a current financial member of WiBF or an employee of a Corporate Member and work in the banking and finance industry. Entrants should be mid-senior level in their organisation i.e. Associate Director, Vice President, Managing Director or Senior Manager and be looking to take the next step in their banking and financial services career.

How to Apply

The TurksLegal WiBF Scholarship has a competitive application process, and is only open to WiBF members. The applications go through several rounds of short-listing, followed by an interview. If you are interested in applying, please log in below and complete the application form.

Please note that due to the quantity of applications in the shortlisting process, feedback cannot be provided to unsuccessful applicants.

The 2017 TurksLegal scholarship is now CLOSED. Thank you to all the applicants who submitted their applications and supporting documents. 

Visit this page in mid-2018 for details on the how to apply for the 2018 scholarship.

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