Southland Newcomer Leadership Scholarship

Invercargill City Council, Southland District Council, and Gore District Council are proud supporters of the Southland Leadership Academy programme.

Our Southland Newcomer Leadership Scholarship supports newcomers in the Southland region to grow their leadership skills so they are well positioned to be leaders in our business, community and not-for-profit sectors. The scholarship is available to “ethnic newcomers” living in the Southland region who wish to attend the Southland Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Academy programme.

The definition of “ethnic newcomers” is very wide and includes working migrants, former refugees, and international students that have been in New Zealand for less than five years. In 2021, eleven successful applicants in Invercargill, Gore and Southland were granted a scholarship to attend to the Southland Leadership Academy.


A few words from our previous Scholarship recipients:


I highly recommend to all people that have or are planning to have leadership skills on a more practical level within leaders from the region.

I truly believe that Leadership Academy is a start for our current and next leadership Southland generation. “

– Geraldo Miranda, 2021

One of the important points I have learned is how a leader deals with crises within the company. Some crises can be anticipated and a good leader needs to think ahead.

I can understand how to behave better in crises as a leader and how to minimize risks.”

Fernanda Cristina, 2021


Interested in applying?

There are currently four scheduled dates for the programme in 2022 in Invercargill, Gore and Otautau. In Invercargill, applications for the February intake will close on Wednesday 26 January. Please note that funding is to be confirmed for the other intakes.

Please find the form here, applications for the February 2022 intake are now open.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with your local Welcoming Communities coordinator Amelie Schuberth at