Joan Kirner Young and Emerging Leaders program

As Victoria's first and only female premier, the late Joan Kirner's political legacy is characterised by her commitment to promoting women and reforming education.

Joan dedicated her career to mentoring many young people and women. The Victorian Government is recognising her legacy through the new Joan Kirner Young and Emerging Women Leaders program.

The Joan Kirner program will enable up-and-coming female leaders to obtain the critical skills, networks and experiences required to advance their leadership careers. It will empower women to progress as influential leaders in their communities, sectors and areas of interest.

The program will award scholarships to 25 young and emerging women leaders who represent the six key categories reflective of Joan's passions:

  • education
  • environment
  • women's health
  • western suburbs of Melbourne
  • Aboriginal women
  • culturally diverse women.

Applications are now closed.

Key dates

Monday 3 July 2017 –  Applications close

*Please note that late submissions will not be accepted.

July to August 2017 –  Assessment of applications conducted by assessment panel

August 2017 – Recommendations provided to Minister for Women

September 2017 – Outcomes announced

October 2017 – Launch event

October/November 2017 –  Program commences

Further information

Please refer to the FAQs for further information about the program.

Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked QuestionsPDF (53.26 KB)

For general enquiries about the Joan Kirner Young and Emerging Women Leaders program please contact Leadership Victoria on 03 9651 6590 or

For a hardcopy application form, please contact the Department of Premier and Cabinet via