About the program
The aim of Monash Minds is to provide students with the opportunity to learn from prominent leaders so they can make a difference to the lives of others.
The program embodies the Monash ethos of engagement with the communities we serve. Together with other high-achievers, students work on identifying and strengthening their leadership attributes by learning from prominent leaders and other students from a wide range of disciplines.
Monash Minds is a unique opportunity for participants to test themselves in new and exciting ways, An excellent forum to meet interesting people, the special events and presentations help students develop greater insights into their career direction and cultivate the next generation of leaders.
The introduction day covers important areas of leadership with an expert presenting on career development. Interactive activities offer the opportunity to self-reflect while developing psychological capital.
The evening seminars provide an opportunity to learn from successful and high-profile leaders from diverse professional backgrounds. Each session involves a formal presentation by aguest speaker, followed by questions and interactive discussion.
The seminars begin with refreshments to encourage students to interact with and learn from other students outside their course. This time also provides an opportunity to socialise, network and learn from students with different backgrounds and perspectives.
All Monash Minds students are eligible to apply to volunteer for our local or international community engagement project. Due to the restricted number of places, you can be awarded a place in either the local or international field trip.
The field trips are an opportunity to:
- work in a team to research and present solutions to a series of challenges
- further develop Monash graduate attributes including cross-cultural competence, perceptive and effective communication, and innovative problem-solving
- turn great ideas into action
- gain valuable experience to add to your CV and applications to other programs including the Ancora Imparo Program.
The final component of the program, the ceremony includes a presentation from a senior member of the University before certificates of completion are presented to students who have met the attendance requirements.
In order to be eligible for the certificate of completion, you must have registered for the program, attended Foundation Day and at least three of the four evening seminars.
On completion of the Monash Minds Leadership Program, you will have developed:
- leadership skills in the context of your own personal values
- an emphasis on self-discovery
- critical thinking about leadership challenges
- a personal direction and passion.
Eligibility and applications
This prestigious leadership program is available exclusively to academically high-achieving students in their first-year of undergraduate studies at Monash University. Monash Minds has been designed to complement the discipline-based study offered within a degree program by providing additional foundation in self-management and interpersonal skills.
Offer to join
You will be offered a place in the program if you're a first-year undergraduate and you're receiving one of the following scholarships:
Invitation to apply
You will 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:
- Monash Scholarship for Excellence
- Monash International Scholarship for Excellence
- Monash International Merit Scholarship
- Monash International Leadership Scholarship
- Vice-Chancellors Access Monash Scholars
With the invitation you will receive details about how to apply for Monash Minds.
Dates and contacts
Scholarships offers are sent at the beginning of the year, before the start of semester one.
Eligible recipients will then receive an email offer to join or apply for Monash Minds. You must accept this offer before your place in the program is confirmed.
Contact for enquiries
Phone: 9905 1029
This program is coordinated by Careers, Leadership and Volunteering in Monash University's Campus Community Division.
"The Monash Minds Leadership Program has been a deeply rewarding and enjoyable experience. I was lucky enough to hear from and talk to inspiring individuals who all had valuable knowledge to impart. I was also able to meet and interact with fellow first year students who were successful in the past and will no doubt be successful in the future. Overall I found the program to be a highlight of my first year at Monash University."
"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 interests or area of study. We were able to gain a wide perspective on leadership, problem solving, and taking initiative. For me, it was also great to meet a range of like-minded students, which was especially helpful coming into first year of university."