Vice-Chancellor's Ancora Imparo Leadership Program

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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Applications open
9am (Melbourne time), Monday 3 May 2021
Applications close
11.55pm (Melbourne time), Sunday 8 August 2021

Apply now

Program details

This year-long program will take you on a transformative journey, giving you the confidence and skills you need to create the changes you’d like to see in the world.

The program provides leadership masterclasses in:

  • self-awareness
  • values and ethics
  • decision-making
  • communication
  • collaboration
  • positive social change.

You’ll also make great friends, enjoy social events and learn from the following incredible leaders (all have contributed to the program in previous years):

  • Dr Megan Clark AC, head of the Australian Space Agency
  • Julian Burnside AO QC, barrister, human rights and refugee advocate
  • Hon Judge Felicity Hampel, judge of the County Court of Victoria
  • Paul Grabowsky AO, Australian pianist and composer
  • Dr Bethia Wilson, former Victorian Health Services Commissioner
  • Dr Leanne Rowe AM, Melbourne GP and former Beyond Blue board member
  • Christine Nixon APM, first female chief commissioner in any Australian state police force
  • Dr Ranjana Srivastava OAM, oncologist, Fulbright Scholar and award-winning author
  • Dr Tim Soutphommasane, former Australian Human Rights Commissioner
  • Lucy Thomas OAM, youth and anti-bullying advocate.


During the year you’ll attend evening seminars, held during the semester. You’ll hear about leadership challenges and opportunities, and have the opportunity (working in a small group) to design and deliver a workshop that helps your fellow Ancorans explore solutions to a current leadership challenge. In previous years, topics included:

  • the gender pay gap
  • access to education
  • environmental sustainability
  • racism in politics
  • media ethics
  • sexism in society
  • terrorism

… and many more incredible topics!

All seminars are catered and presented in an intimate setting.

Service learning

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

Completion ceremony

At the end of the program, you’ll be invited to the completion ceremony, together with family and fellow Ancorans. The ceremony is a chance for you to reflect on the program and celebrate your success.


More than 560 students have completed this program, many of whom have gone on to achieve excellence in their chosen field. Alumni of the program include Rhodes Scholars Geoffrey Pascoe (2008), Thom Woodroof (2009) and Connor Rochford (2012). In 2019, 97 per cent of participants said the program enhance their ability to effect positive change, with 100 per cent of Ancorans reporting that they would recommend the program to other students.

After successfully completing the program (and meeting all the program requirements), you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion and have had the opportunity to develop:

  • friendships with like-minded people from a variety of faculties
  • leadership confidence and competence
  • the ability to create positive social change.

To support you during the program, you’ll receive a stipend of $500.

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
  • a final-year student in 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 10 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.

Indigenous students

Please contact the William Cooper Institute 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.


Applications open
9am (Melbourne time), Monday 3 May 2021
Applications close
11.55pm (Melbourne time), Sunday 8 August 2021

Apply now

Important dates


2020 dates for applications
3 May Applications open at 9am
8 Aug Applications close at 11.55pm (Melbourne time)
Sep Shortlisted applicants contacted for interviews
Oct Applicants are advised of their application outcome


2021 dates for the program
Feb Program commences

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

Contact for enquiries


This program is proudly delivered by Career Connect.