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2022 Applications close 31 October

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Are you looking to grow your skills and experience in campaign strategy and community organising? Build the power and leadership of people in your community or organisation? Want to join a national network of highly skilled and effective community organisers?

If the answer is yes, we encourage you to apply for The Community Organising Fellowship (COF).

Each year, COF takes 25 organisers and campaigners on a 6-month journey of connecting, learning, leadership, and skills development.

Graduates are equipped with the tools and skills to design, initiate, and lead powerful campaigns that engage thousands of people and win positive, meaningful, lasting outcomes for their communities.

Graduates also leave with close relationships and a strong network of peers working in a variety of organisations and communities across the continent.

Applications for the 2022 Fellowship close 31 October 2021. 

We have extended our application closing date from October 15 to October 31.

Fee schedule

We work to ensure cost is not a barrier to participation and negotiate fees on a case by case basis according to a sliding scale. If you have concerns about fees, please be in touch.

  • Full scholarship
  • Partial scholarship - $500 to $1,500
  • Small grassroots groups and organisations (<$1M pa budget) – $1,500 to $3,000
  • Medium sized NGOs (<$3M pa budget) – $3,000 to $4,500
  • Large NGOs (>$3M pa budget) – $4,500+


  • All First Nations people who are successful in being offered a place will automatically be awarded a full scholarship.
  • Additional scholarships will be awarded to applicant/s who meet the following criteria, including:
    • Identify as any of: Person with disability / Disabled person, Person of colour, Refugee or person seeking asylum, LGBTIQA+; and
      • Demonstrate commitment to the work of campaigning and community organising
      • Are currently working on or planning a campaign to which learnings can be directly applied
      • Can demonstrate financial hardship, or inability to participate without a scholarship

2022 Workshop dates

We have planned to avoid any conflict with the upcoming 2022 Federal Election, for which a date has not yet been announced.

If a May election is called, our dates will be:

Workshop 1 - March 20 - 27*

Workshop 2 - June 19 - 25

Workshop 3 - September 11 - 17

If an election is called for March 20, 27 or April 2, the dates will be:  

Workshop 1 - May 8 - 14

Workshop 2 - July 3 - 9

Workshop 3 - September 11 - 17


*note this date has changed from March 27 - April 2 which was advertised earlier.


Nominate someone to apply

If you've got someone in mind you'd like to recommend for the Fellowship in 2022, please fill in this form to let us know. We'll follow up with the nominee to encourage them to apply.We’ll give you a $75 nominator’s fee for every successful candidate you nominate first.

Nomination form