Joe Fischer HR Leadership Scholarship

Applications open until Friday 14 June

In memory of Joe Fischer who, through his personal and professional influence and generosity as an HR leader, supported others in the HR and business community to develop and thrive as leaders.

Recognises an emerging HR Leader who demonstrates excellence in HR through submission of a piece of writing/verbal recording/recorded presentation on a topic relating to their potential for HR Leadership.

This scholarship is supported by the generosity of SMG, where Joe was a Senior Partner for 13 years, and CEO of SMG’s Centre for Integral Leadership Asia.


One Joe Fischer HR Leadership Scholarship will be awarded. The Scholarship winner will receive entry into the AHRI Senior Leaders Pathway to Certification, a delegate registration to AHRI’s National Convention & Exhibition 2025, and the opportunity to attend an SMG Executive Presence and Impact workshop with Peter Kingston.


  • Current AHRI member
  • Currently employed in an HR role in Australia
  • Meets the criteria for enrolment in the APC Program


Either a written submission (1500 words max), or pre-recorded audio/video presentation (15 mins max) based on the following:

“Examine the evolution of HR leadership throughout your career, highlighting significant changes and your innovative vision for the future. How will you influence the ongoing evolution of HR leadership, considering the role of technology and creative solutions?”

Are you ready to apply?