About Us

Established in 1979 to perpetuate the legacy of Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, the Menzies Foundation has a vision to inspire and nurture Australia’s future leaders.

As a national, non-profit organisation, the Foundation has awarded more than 220 prestigious scholarships  to bright and inspiring young Australians. It has also invested over $9 million in four health and medical research institutes and supported a range of other legacy activities in line with Sir Robert’s passions.

The Menzies Foundation pursues the following vision, mission, values and goals which will guide our work of promoting the next generation of Australian leaders.




To inspire and nurture Australia’s future leaders




The Menzies Foundation works to create a vibrant future for all Australians by:

  • Providing Australia’s leading postgraduate scholarships
  • Supporting and fostering health and medical research opportunities
  • Identifying and partnering with organisations which value Australia’s history for the benefit of the future.



Catalytic, visionary, inspirational, excellence



  • To increase unique scholarship and fellowship opportunities for future leaders

  • To partner with leading Australian institutes and organisations that drive excellence and rigour in health and medical research

  • To highlight the achievements of Menzies scholars and support leadership development

  • To perpetuate Sir Robert Menzies beliefs about the value of education to the wellbeing of all Australians.


Sir Robert came from humble beginnings, starting life in a room at the back of his father’s general store in a small town in regional Victoria. His schooling came by virtue of scholarships to schools in Bendigo and then Melbourne.

It was his early start in life and education, coupled with his extensive experience in public life, which underpins the philosophy of the Menzies Foundation’s work. Sir Robert was a strong believer in the transformative power of educational opportunity.

Through a long life in the service of the Australian people – initially as a Victorian politician before his election to the federal seat of Kooyong – Sir Robert developed wide-ranging passions and interests with a common theme of excellence in all activities.

The Menzies Foundation supports future leaders.  We look for students who will represent the Menzies’ ethos of being the best you can be, no matter where you start; taking risks, inspiring others and being willing to work hard.

The Menzies Foundation was established in 1979 through a public fundraising appeal following his death in 1978. Read more about the history  of the Foundation. If you would like to contribute to the work of the Foundation, you can make a tax deductible donation online.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of honorary directors, in accordance with the Objects in its Memorandum of Association . The Foundation is managed by a team of experienced senior staff.

Promoting the next generation of Australian leaders

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