Monash Minds Student Leadership Program
Monash Minds is a program that embodies the Monash ethos of community service.
As a selected first-year student the program offers you the opportunity to develop your leadership skills so that you can make a positive difference to the lives of others.
Together with other high-achieving and passionate students, you’ll increase your leadership competence and confidence by volunteering in the local community and engaging with prominent leaders from a wide range of disciplines.
We will provide you with an opportunity to learn from successful and high-profile leaders from diverse professional backgrounds. Each session involves a formal presentation by a guest speaker, followed by questions and interactive discussions or activities, where you can apply the themes of the masterclass to build your leadership skills.
Each of the masterclasses begins with an opportunity for you to socialise, network and learn from other students with different backgrounds and perspectives. Refreshments are provided.
During the program, you’ll have the opportunity to volunteer for at least 10 hours. This enriches your leadership development experience by engaging you in meaningful hands-on service that addresses real-life needs in the Monash University community. Through it, you may be able to enhance characteristics associated with effective leadership, such as collaboration, commitment, communication, citizenship and consciousness of self.
On completion of the program, you will have had the opportunity to develop:
- a sense of belonging with the Monash University community
- leadership and employability skills
- 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.
To receive your Certificate of Completion, you must:
This prestigious leadership program is available exclusively to academically high-achieving students in their first-year of undergraduate studies at Monash University.
Offer to join
You'll be offered a place in the program if you're a first-year undergraduate and you're receiving the Monash Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement.
We'll send you the offer in February, with details on how to accept the offer.
Invitation to apply
You'll be invited to apply for a place if you're a first-year undergraduate and have participated in the Monash Scholars program, or you are receiving one of the following scholarships:
- Monash Scholarship for Excellence
- Monash International Scholarship for Excellence
- Monash International Merit Scholarship
- Monash International Leadership Scholarship
- Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Achievement
- Pauline Glass Memorial Scholarship
- Susan Campbell Equity Scholarship
- Monash Indigenous Scholarship for Achievement and Equity
- William Cooper Indigenous Scholarship
- John Gandel Scholarship
- Pauline Gandel Scholarship
Faculty nominations are based on high ATAR scores and are submitted only by faculties that are typically under-represented in the program. Faculties should not be contacted regarding nominations.
If you are eligible, we'll email your invitation in February, with details on how to apply for the program.
|Tuesday 19 February||5pm||Invitations open for eligible students to either accept an offer to join the program OR apply for a place in the program|
|Friday 22 February||5pm||Applications close for Monash Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement recipients|
|Friday 1 March||5pm||Applications close for all other students|
|Monday 4 March||5pm||Applicants notified of outcome|
|Wednesday 20 March||5.30 – 8pm||Masterclass #1|
|Wednesday 17 April||5.30 – 8pm||Masterclass #2|
|Wednesday 15 May||5.30 – 8pm||Masterclass #3|
|Wednesday 7 August||5.30 – 8pm||Masterclass #4|
|Wednesday 28 August||5.30 – 8pm||Masterclass #5|
|Wednesday 18 September||5.30 – 8pm||Completion ceremony|
As an applicant, you're encouraged to reserve all program data in your calendar at the time of application, because you'll be expected to attend all program events if you're offered a place in the program.
Contact for enquiries
This program is proudly delivered by Career Connect.
"Monash Minds was an excellent experience in more ways than one. The wide variety of speakers who presented to us, from business tycoons to psychologists and leading doctors, ensured that we would be inspired - regardless of our interest or area of study."
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours)
"Monash Minds really did help me feel more comfortable in starting university by connecting me to another part of Monash."
Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science
"The best and most helpful part of the program is the ability to meet other Monash students - it really helps feeling at home at uni over the first few months."
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Science
"This program really made me feel welcomes at Monash."
Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
"It was wonderful to work alongside other like-minded students and inspirational speakers."
Daniela Lena-Marie Guerra
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce