Women leading and influencing



Applicants are required to complete and submit the online application form in one sitting. You cannot save as you go.

Please have the following ready before you start the application form:

   Item   Check
1. Up-to-date curriculum vitae / resume (In Word or PDF)  
2. Passport biodata page (JPEG or PDF, less than 2MB)  
3. Copy of Australian Visa (JPEG or PDF, less than 2MB)  
4. Recent head shot photo for publicity purposes  (JPEG, less than 2MB)  
5. Contact details of two referees (Name, relationship to participant, phone number, email address)  
6. Draft answers to longform questions (Listed below)  

Before starting the application, think about the following:

  • Leadership is not only management roles and work titles; it's all the roles that you hold in your home, school, community and workplace. Be ready to detail all the leadership roles you hold/ have held.
  • Have a clear idea of your own leadership ambitions and the type of development issues on which you would like to lead change.
  • We are interested in all development issues, not only those that are gender-based; think broadly and tell us about a development issue in your community, country or region that really interests you.
  • To better understand the Women's Developmental Leadership Program, read through the profiles of WLI alumni.
  • If possible, attend a WLI Learning & Networking event, ask questions, and network with organisers, the panel, and the audience.
  • If you know a current or past participant, talk to them about the program and how to strengthen your application.
  • Get a friend or colleague to proofread your draft answers (up to 200 words each) to the longform questions (below).
  • Double check your spelling and grammar before you submit your application. 

Longform questions you will find in the application:

1. Why do you want to participate in the Women's Developmental Leadership Program?
2. Briefly describe a time you exercised leadership, either in your education, professional life, or community. Describe what happened and what you learned from the experience.
2. Please describe any major achievements associated with your education, professional or community experience (paid or unpaid). This can include awards or scholarships.
4. What leadership impact would you like to have in your community or country as a result of your participation in WLI?
If you could identify one development issue or challenge (in your home country or in Australia) on which you would like to make a difference as a leader over the next 18 months, what would this be?

What skills do you hope to gain from WLI to help you to address this issue/ challenge?