Are you Australia's next Emerging Leader?

Peter Giurissevich
2017 BOSS Emerging Leaders Scholarship recipient.

Applications are now closed.

The Emerging leaders MBA scholarship

Financial Review BOSS Magazine and the University of Sydney Business School are searching for Australia's next emerging leaders. Offering a prize package that includes an MBA scholarship worth over $60,000 to inspire and nurture the leaders of tomorrow.

First Prize

Over a series of rigorous judging rounds, applicants will compete for an incredible prize:

  • A full Emerging Leaders Scholarship to enrol in the University of Sydney Business School’s part-time MBA program in February 2018.
  • Media training from Australia's leading business and finance news publication - The Australian Financial Review.
  • Publication of an opinion piece in Financial Review BOSS Magazine.
  • A master class with some of Australia's foremost leadership educators.

The University of Sydney Business School MBA Program


Selection Process

Round One

Entrants must complete an initial application and submit a response to essay question.

Applications open
Monday 31 July

Applications close
Monday 18 September

Round Two

Shortlisted applications are required to complete the Gallup Clifton StrengthsFinder® assessment and attend a Sydney-based masterclass.

Sydney master class
Thursday 12 October

Reflective essays due
Sunday 15 October

Round Three

Shortlisted applicants are required to attend a Program eligibility interview.

Top 15 Interviews
Monday 30 – Tuesday 31 October

Round Four

Finalists are required to attend media training with the Australian Financial Review, an interview with the judging panel, and a leadership lunch where the scholarship will be announced.

Top 5 Interviews
Thursday 9 November

Media training and Scholarship announcement
Friday 10 November

Details, Terms & Conditions of Promotion for the Search for Australia's Emerging Leaders PDF

Conditions of Award for the Emerging Leaders Scholarship PDF

Awards Package

First Prize

1 recipient to receive:

  • Title of Australia's Top Emerging Leader
  • The University of Sydney Business School Emerging Leaders Scholarship (Valued at over $60,000 as at July 2017)
  • Publication of an opinion piece printed in Financial Review BOSS Magazine.

Finalists Prize

5 finalists to receive:

  • Media training with the Financial Review*
  • Conditional offer of a place in the University of Sydney Business School MBA.
  • Conditional offer of an MBA Social Impact Scholarship.
  • Finalists lunch in Sydney*

Semi-Finalists Prize

Semi-finalists to receive:

  • Sydney based master class*
  • All related travel to events is at the finalists' own expense.

The Panel

Guy Ford

Guy Ford

Director, MBA

Joanne Gray

Joanne Gray

BOSS Magazine

Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy

MBA Alumni
Director, TIAGRA Investments


The University of Sydney Business School is the only Australian business school to achieve membership to CEMS - the Global Alliance in Management Education - in addition to international accreditation from AACSB and EQUIS. Many of our programs are also professionally accredited and consistently rank among the best in the world.

Financial Review BOSS Magazine is Australia’s premier magazine for business leaders and high-achievers – and those who wish to learn from them.

The BOSS Emerging Leaders program is a leadership initiative now in its third year and is a partnership between Financial Review BOSS Magazine and the University of Sydney Business School. The program focuses on supporting and mentoring Australia’s future leaders. Join for free today.


The University of Sydney Business School

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Emerging Leaders

Be Inspired today, lead tomorrow

Applications are now closed.