Advance Awards


Applications for the 2019 Advance Awards Mentor Program have now closed


Advance nurtures and supports 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 matches Australian university students with Advance Award winners for a 12-month, one-on-one mentor program.

The program helps students in their studies and refine their career goals. Mentors work with university students to share their own professional and personal experiences, and knowledge to support students with their development goals. The program aims to:

  • Inspire, motivate, and enlighten a community of the next generation of Australian leaders

  • Provide advice to the mentee on their career path and give them an edge in their professional career

  • Help the mentee gain clarity and self-awareness with the aim of being future innovative leaders

  • Give the mentor an opportunity to share their international experience with an aspiring future leader


Who should apply?

  • The program is open to all final year undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at an Australian university

  • Self-motivated individuals seeking to continuously promote personal development

Why should you apply?

  • Advice on your career path

  • Access to a top leader in your industry giving you an edge in your professional career

  • Opportunity to gain clarity and self-awareness with the aim of being a future innovative leader

  • International experience and industry knowledge from a top global Australian leader

About the mentors

  • Mentors are the Advance Award winners - outstanding global Australians who have been selected based on their professional achievements/success overseas in their chosen field

  • Not all Advance Award winners will be able to mentor

Selection process

  • Complete online application

  • Express your enthusiasm and energy for learning, growth, your ability to lead

  • Applications are reviewed by Advance and Advance Award mentors

  • Pre-selection interviews may take place with the mentors

  • Selection will based on your demonstrated success in your field, achievements, interests, community involvement, and alignment with the mentors

How the program works

  • The mentee will schedule regular mentoring sessions (via Skype and emails) over a 12-month period

  • You will work together on a key project or to resolve/discuss up to three key issues

  • Advance will facilitate the process and connection

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
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