IABC Victoria is committed to fostering a community of communication professionals all over the world. We are about advancing the communication profession as a strategic leadership function, developing strategic communication professionals and creating global and local peer connections.
About the program
Our new professional development grant program is an initiative that supports communication professionals to be members of IABC and develop as communication leaders and contributors to IABC Victoria goals and outcomes.
The professional development program is designed to bring a diverse range of practitioners into IABC Victoria. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people with disability, people who are culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), early-career professionals, people returning to the profession after a career break or people transitioning to the communication field are all encouraged to apply.
Recipients commit to a two-year professional development program with each grant valued at approximately $3000 each.
Recipients will enjoy a range of benefits including:
- IABC membership and career development opportunities
- Attendance to all IABC Victoria events
- Participation in IABC Victoria’s mentoring program (under development)
- Attachment to the IABC Victoria Board
- Formal coaching sessions provide by IABC Victoria partner Adrian
- Cropley, OAM, FRSA, SCMP, of Cropley Communication and the Centre for Strategic Communication Excellence
Who can apply
You must be enrolled in a communication course, hold a communication qualification and/or be working in one of the following fields:
- Corporate communication
- Marketing, advertising and public relations
- Multimedia (e.g. videography, photography, audio/visual, animation)
- Journalism, electronic media, and TV and radio broadcasting
- Intercultural and multi-linguistic communication.
You must meet the specialised criteria for each grant:
- Hope and Glory professional development grant is only open to people with disability.
- Hope and Glory (transition) professional development grant is open to CALD applicants, early-career professionals (1-3 years experience), people returning to the profession after a career break or transitioning to the communication field.
- This is Creative professional development grant is only open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.
Must have been living (and continuing to live) in the state of Victoria for at least 12 months.
Applications for the 2020-21 Professional Development Grant Program open on 16 September.
Applications close on Sunday 20 October.
Grants are awarded on the basis of a competitive selection process.
Priority is given to communication professionals who are:
- Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander
- people with disability
- CALD, early-career professionals (1-3 years experience), people returning to the profession after a career break or transitioning to the communication field.
Your application will be assessed on merit, and in relation to the criteria provided (see who can apply).
Shortlisted applicants will be required to meet with IABC Victoria Board members as part of the selection process.
Terms and conditions
As the holder of this grant you must:
- Become a member of the IABC Victorian chapter and abide by the IABC code of conduct and code of ethics for professional communicators
- Participate in IABC Victoria mentoring program
- Provide 40 hours volunteer experience – approximately one (1) hour per fortnight – to the IABC Victoria Board over two (2) years. The IABC Victoria Board is a volunteer-led Board.
- Participate in two (2) hours of formal coaching sessions every six (6) months, i.e. eight (8) hours over the life of the grant
- Provide an annual update of your experiences of the program to the IABC Victoria Board and professional development grant sponsor
How to apply
To apply for a professional development grant, complete the grant application form (link to form) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your application must be submitted by Sunday 20 October. IABC Victoria will confirm the receipt of your application by return email.
In the application you must provide:
- Name and contact details
- 500-word essay (maximum word count) on your communication career and achievements so far and what you hope to achieve with a professional development grant
- Referee contact details
- Documents that support your application
- Examples of your work and letters of support (optional)
You can provide the following supporting material with your application:
- Communication background (compulsory)
You must include a resume or biography that demonstrates your communication experience. Resume and biography information should be presented as a single document no longer than two (2) A4 pages in total.
- Examples of your work (optional)
You can provide relevant, recent examples of your communication work. We’d prefer you provide support material via URLs, but you may also email support material with your application in the following formats:
- Video (MP4, QuickTime, and Windows Media)
- Audio (MP3 and Windows Media)
- Images (JPEG and PowerPoint)
- Written material (Word and PDF)
- Letters of support (optional)
Individuals, groups or organisations can write letters in support of your application.
For further information on the grant sponsor, refer to IABC Victoria partners.