Monash Minds Student Leadership Program

Monash Minds student leadership program. Thinking big.

Monash Minds is a program that embodies the Monash ethos of community service.

As a selected first-year student, you’ll get the opportunity to develop your leadership skills so 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.


Evening masterclasses

We’ll provide you with an opportunity to learn from successful 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 what you’ve learnt in 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.

You’ll receive leadership masterclasses in:

  • self-awareness
  • collaboration
  • communication skills
  • community development
  • service learning.

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

  • Simon McKeon AO Chancellor, Monash University, 2011 Australian of the Year
  • the Hon Marcia Neave AO, Chair of the Royal Commission into Family Violence
  • Professor Mick Dodson AM FASSA, Aboriginal Australian barrister and academic, Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner, 2009 Australian of the Year
  • Mat Bowtell, 2018 Victorian Local Hero, engineer and prosthetic limb innovator
  • Dr Ranjana Srivastava OAM, oncologist, Fulbright Scholar and award-winning author
  • Lucy Thomas OAM, youth and anti-bullying advocate.

Service learning

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. By being a volunteer, you may be able to enhance characteristics associated with effective leadership, such as collaboration, commitment, communication, citizenship and consciousness of self.


At the start of the program, you’ll be allocated to a mentoring group of up to nine other program participants. The group is guided by a senior student mentor who has been trained in leadership development, mentoring and facilitation. Your mentor will support you through the program by connecting with you individually, as well as facilitating discussion and learning activities with your mentoring group.


On completion of the program, you’ll 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:

  • attend all Monash Minds events
  • complete at least ten hours of service learning
  • complete two Leap into Leadership Online modules
  • submit the end of program survey.


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:

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're eligible, we'll email your invitation in February, with details on how to apply for the program.

Important dates

Tuesday 18 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 21 February 5pm Applications close
Monday 9 March 5pm Applicants notified of outcome
Wednesday 25 March  5.30 – 8pm Masterclass #1
Wednesday 1 April 5.30 – 8pm Masterclass #2
Wednesday 29 April 5.30 – 8pm Masterclass #3
Wednesday 20 May 5.30 – 8pm Masterclass #4
Wednesday 5 August 5.30 – 8pm Masterclass #5
Wednesday 26 August5.30 – 8pmMasterclass#6
Wednesday 16 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.

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This program is proudly delivered by Career Connect.

Student testimonials

"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

"It was wonderful to work alongside other like-minded students and inspirational speakers."

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce

Mentor testimonials

"I'm grateful for this opportunity where I learned more about individual, group and community values from all the esteemed speakers at each masterclass and the Monash Minds team."

Bachelor of Information Technology
2019 Monash Minds Mentor

The best thing about being a mentor was getting to know a group of motivated first-year students who grew in their abilities to think and express themselves, as well as in their teamwork and understanding as a group.

Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine
2019 Monash Minds Mentor