Vice-Chancellor's Ancora Imparo Leadership Program

Ancora Imparo

A message from the Vice-Chancellor

President and Vice-Chancellor Margaret GardnerA Monash University education will challenge you and enable you to build a successful career, as well as to equip yourself with the knowledge, abilities and insights required to change the world for the better. Leadership skills are an essential component of that mix.

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The Ancora Imparo program gives you the chance to learn about leadership through interaction with community leaders, distinguished alumni, Monash staff, and your fellow students.

The program represents a rare opportunity. You will learn things that you will draw upon again and again throughout your career and your life.

I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Professor Margaret Gardner AO
President and Vice-Chancellor

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About the program

Leadership training helps unlock your potential and enhance your ability to make an impact on your peers and on the world.

The Vice-Chancellor's Ancora Imparo Program is a unique opportunity, available only to second-year Monash University students. Participants will hear from inspiring leaders with backgrounds ranging from business, politics, sport, public service, education, health, law, and the arts.

The Ancora Imparo Program offers a range of opportunities and activities that:

  • draw on and foster your sense of idealism
  • increase your self-understanding
  • affirm and strengthen your confidence in your existing abilities
  • foster an ethic of service
  • enhance your ability to effect positive social change
  • provide you with an opportunity to work with other passionate and committed peers
  • facilitate your learning from past and present leaders.


Program residential

You will participate in a fully funded, three-day, off-campus workshop involving students, senior University staff and key speakers from across Australia.

Some of the key themes examined during the event include:

  • what is leadership?
  • theoretical, philosophical and conceptual foundations of leadership
  • values, ethics and sensitivity
  • problem solving
  • local and global leadership issues
  • collaboration and conflict
  • citizenship and service
  • you will also get to know your fellow participants, who come from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds.

Seminar series

You will attend eight evening forums throughout the year, held monthly on a Tuesday night at the Clayton campus. Outstanding speakers will tackle a range of contemporary leadership issues. Then in small groups, you will have the chance to make a presentation exploring modern ethical dilemmas. Each series provides the opportunity to debate, discuss, challenge and consider a range of stimulating topics.

Service learning

You will have the opportunity to opt into a service learning project. Working in a multi-disciplinary team of five students, you'll partner with and solve a real-world problem for a community organisation.

Completion ceremony

Surrounded by family and your Ancora Imparo friends, a senior University staff member will present you with your completion certificate at the end of the program.

Financial award

In recognition of your success in being awarded a position in the program, you will receive a stipend of $500.


On completion of the program, you will have had the opportunity to develop:

  • a sense of belonging within the Monash University community
  • leadership confidence and competence
  • friendships with like-minded students from a range of faculties
  • your ability to effect positive social change in your community
  • a clearer understanding of your values, strengths and areas for improvement
  • greater insights into your career direction.

To receive your Certificate of Completion, you must:

  • attend all mandatory events and contribute to a syndicate group presentation
  • record your Ancora Imparo experiences through Student Futures
  • complete two Leap into Leadership Online modules
  • submit the end of program survey.

As a member of this unique program, you will also have the opportunity to engage in a number of exclusive events including volunteering as a student leader or mentor, attending leadership events and staff forums.

Eligibility criteria

Participants must be second-year undergraduates at a Monash University Victorian campus. There are 40 positions available in the program each year.

To be eligible you must be one of the following at the time of your application:

  • a current, first-year undergraduate student at Monash University
  • in your final year of a post-secondary course with a direct pathway into the second year of a Monash University course (e.g. a Monash College Diploma or a Diploma of Tertiary Studies)
  • a mid-year intake undergraduate student beginning the second-year of your course
  • a mature-age student who completed your first degree over ten years ago and is, at the time of application, a first-year undergraduate student at Monash University
  • an Indigenous student who is a current second year undergraduate at Monash University and who has not applied in the previous year.

You must also be able to commit to eight evening seminars held monthly on a Tuesday, and a three-day residential program in February 2019.

Indigenous students

Please contact the Yulendj Indigenous Engagement Unit for further advice on preparing your application.

Part-time students

Undergraduate students who are studying part-time must have completed two years (part-time) at Monash to be eligible for the program.

There is no income tax exemption for the $500 stipend.

How to apply

Applications for the 2019 program are closed. More information on the 2020 application process will be available in mid-2019.

Important dates


Monday 29 April Applications open at 9.00am
Monday 5 August Applications close at 5.00pm AEST
September Shortlisted applicants contacted for interviews
October Applicants are advised of their application outcome


26 - 28 February Program residential

All other program dates will be confirmed upon acceptance to the program.

Contact for enquiries

Phone: 9905 3476

This program is proudly delivered by Career Connect.

Student testimonials

“This program made me realise the type of leader I want to be and helped me take steps towards becoming that leader. I have loved getting to know the facilitators, speakers, and other participants. It's been a privilege to interact with and learn from them this year. Overall Ancora Imparo is the most genuine, authentic, and effective leadership program I have ever had the privilege of participating in.”
Sasha Brady, 2017 (Law)

“Ancora allows you to look through a new leadership lens. But unlike many leadership programs Ancora Imparo is constantly adding to your collection of lenses, so you are not constrained to looking at a global issue in one single way, but in fact you have the skills to see the challenges in multiple forms.”
Brady Cronin, 2017 (Science)

“This program was extremely valuable, it provided an opportunity to learn from inspirational people in the community, as well as the other program participants who all had so much to offer and share about their experiences and thoughts on leadership, whether spoken out loud or witnessed through the completion of our syndicate presentations.”
Keira Unmack (Law / Biomedical Science)

"Ancora Imparo has increased my employability as it has motivated me to take advantage of opportunities where I am able to improve and explore my leadership style. I am looking forward to a career in Medicine, where Ancora showed me how leadership can be used positively as a health professional to enact positive and long-lasting impacts in our local and broader community."
Praba Sekhar, 2016 (MBBS)

"This program reinforced the importance of service leadership and gave me the opportunity to network with like-minded peers and intellectually stimulating speakers. [It] has certainly broadened my view on service leadership. I apply the many lessons and skills I have acquired through this program into the leadership roles I have today, particularly in the clubs and societies I'm a part of. I would definitely recommend this program to any students who wish to learn more about leadership."
Mangala Prasetia, 2016 (Business and Economics)

"Through the Ancora Imparo Program I have made meaningful connections with like-minded others, been exposed to fantastic speakers, alongside being provided with amazing opportunities (such as being nominated for the National Student Leadership Forum). Being selected into this program has been incredibly meaningful in my journey and has played a part in my continual shaping as a person."
Daniel Xue, 2015 (Engineering)

"Ancora Imparo opened my mind to a more liberal way of thinking and helped me develop an independent point of view on a number of key issues - points of view that were contrary to the beliefs held by key influences on my childhood."
Will Manning, 2013 (Information Technology)