The Monash MBA Public Sector Scholarship

Overview and background

Monash Business School is committed to enhancing service excellence across Australia’s public sector. We are delighted to offer the MBA Public Sector Scholarship, which is awarded to encourage and support Australian public sector professionals in their pursuit of an MBA.

This scholarship is awarded by the Monash Business School Leadership and Executive Education team. The scholarship may be awarded to one MBA student per cohort; valued at up to $24,000.

As a recipient of the MBA Public Sector Scholarship, you will have demonstrated career progression and articulated a compelling career plan that makes a genuine contribution to the advancement of local, state and/or national government.


To be eligible for this scholarship, candidates must be:

  • an applicant of the Monash MBA Program
  • an Australian citizen or holder of an Australian permanent resident visa
  • an employee of a government organisation at the local, state, or national level.

Key criteria

Successful applicants for the MBA Public Sector Scholarship will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Career trajectory - a reflection on the choices the applicant has made throughout their career thus far
  • Career planning - a projection on the applicant’s aspirations for career growth (e.g. specific roles and responsibilities), including highlights from an action plan to achieve this career growth
  • Contribution - a demonstration of the applicant’s commitment and ability to contribute to leadership in their organisations and their communities.

Application process

The scholarship application process is integrated into the three stages of application for admission to the Monash MBA program: application, interview, and notification.

When completing the on-line application for admission to the Monash MBA, applicants should upload a series of documents including a statement of purpose. Applicants who wish to be considered for this scholarship must also upload an additional statement - the scholarship application statement - to make their case for consideration for the MBA Public Sector Scholarship.

This scholarship application statement must:

  • Be labelled the ‘MBA Public Sector Scholarship Application’
  • Address each of the three key criteria for the scholarship
  • Be no more than 500 words.

Scholarship applicants who progress to the interview stage for general admission to the Monash MBA program will be invited to speak to their scholarship application in an extension of their admission interview.