Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Asialink Fellowships: Criteria

Two Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Asialink Fellowships are available each year for leaders from the not-for-profit sector.

This is a unique opportunity for two outstanding individuals to attend the exclusive Asialink Leaders Program, a transformational experience for leaders from business, government and not-for-profit sectors. The Fellowship covers the full Program fee to the value of $10,750 which includes all costs relating to the scheduled program, but excludes travel, accommodation and incidentals related to program attendance. Please note: the 2022 Asialink Leaders Program will be delivered in a hybrid format consisting of in-person and virtual modules.

It provides an unparallel professional development opportunity, allowing the recipients them to grow their Asia capabilities, expand their network and positively impact their sector’s engagement with Asia.

As we transition through the pandemic with rising uncertainty in the regional strategic, political and economic outlook, Australia ability to navigate its relationships in Asia matters more than ever before. Australia requires Asia-capable leaders.

The 2022 Asialink Leaders Program and the Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Asialink Fellowship will provide emerging and established leaders in both the private and public sectors with the insights, capabilities and connections to navigate the foreign policy, business, cultural, political, ethical and regulatory environment in Asia.

Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop was renowned for his leadership and deep commitment to re-imagining Australia-Asia relations. In recognition of this vision, the Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Asialink Fellowship has been established to promote Sir Edward's vision for peace and prosperity in the region through people-to-people exchange and interaction. The Fellowship also recognises and rewards excellence and the potential for excellence in individuals committed to tangibly enhancing Australia-Asia relations.


To be eligible for the Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Asialink Fellowship, applicants must work for a Not for Profit (NFP) and be able to demonstrate that:

  • You would not be able to attend the program without the support of a Fellowship.
  • There will be a direct benefit to or outcome from your participation in the program for your NFP organisation and your organisation's social, economic and/or environment purpose.
  • Your application is supported by your NFP organisation which meets one of the following criteria:
  1. Has a charitable, community-public benefit or poverty relief purpose, as indicated by Australian Tax Office tax concession charities (TCC) and/or deductible gift recipients (DGR) status, or “registered charity” status.
  2. Is a social enterprise or business (organisations using a business model to provide a social benefit) and which may not have TCC/DGR
  3. Is a Not-for-Profit Arts organisation.
  4. Other organisations, with a community or public benefit purpose (generally evidenced by a “formal” governance structure, voluntary participation by members and independence from government), that do not fit the above categories.

If you are passionate about shaping the Australia-Asia narrative, and would like to join the Asialink Leaders program on this fellowship, you must complete both steps below:

  • Register for the Asialink Leaders program here, noting that you will be applying for the Fellowship.
  • Then apply for Dunlop Fellowship application here. Note: Applications close at 5pm on 31 March 2022.

Want to know more? Explore the Asialink Leaders Program, and be inspired by past Dunlop Fellows.

First Nations Fellowship: We will soon be taking applications for the Asialink Leaders' First Nations Fellowship. Click here for more details.

For more information, contact our team.

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Dunlop Fellow 2020
Diana Dunlop and 2020 Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Asialink Fellow, Kate Usher

Diana Dunlop on her grandfather's vision for Australia

"My grandfather’s vision for achieving a stronger, shared future with Asia, was to develop relations between Asia-skilled Australians and people across the Asian region.”

Diana Dunlop and Tom Bamforth
Diana Dunlop and 2020 Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Asialink Fellow, Tom Bamforth

2020 Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Asialink Fellow Tom Bamforth on this opportunity

“The Asialink Leaders’ program has been a wonderful experience that has greatly enriched my knowledge of the region, and Australia’s engagement in it. It has been an extraordinary opportunity to hear from such a diverse group of people who are prominent actors in Australia-Asia relations across academia, government, business, trade, science and technology, the arts, and indigenous Australia all of whom have dedicated time to us and to this course of study.”