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.


Evening masterclasses

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.

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. 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:

  • attend all Monash Minds events
  • record your Monash Minds experiences through Student Futures
  • complete at least ten hours of service learning and have reflected on the experience in Student Futures
  • 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 are eligible, we'll email your invitation in February, with details on how to apply for the program.

Important dates

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.

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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."

Krita Sridharan
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."

Emily Smith
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."

Samuel Ellul
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Science

"This program really made me feel welcomes at Monash."

Bomi Lee
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