Advance Awards



Advance aims to nurture and support the next generation of Australian leaders. We are devoted to the exchange of knowledge, connections, and ideas to inspire and empower global Australians to succeed around the world. The Advance Mentor Program has these goals at its core and matches Australian university students with Advance Award winners for a 12-month, one-on-one mentor program. The program provides advice to help students find direction in their studies and refine their career goals. Mentors share their own professional and personal experiences, and knowledge to support students with their development goals.

My mentor encouraged me to think globally and ambitiously right from the beginning. I’m now the Founder and CEO of 2Mar Robotics. We make robots to improve people’s lives. My mentor helped me avoid losing a lot of my money along the way, so that I am still able to research and design robots to manufacture every day.
— Marita Cheng, mentored by Peter Le Lievre, 2013 Advance Award winner for Advanced Manufacturing
I always wanted to have a mentor relationship, but I didn’t know how to go about asking someone or finding someone that would fit for me. Advance gave me the opportunity to make connections and build a network globally. Even among the Mentees, we are still in touch! The support from Advance to be part of a peer network and join international leaders was amazing.
— Thomas Brown, mentored by Dr Alison Thompson OAM, 2016 Advance Award winner for Social Impact