The AHRI Scholarship

Applications are now closed and we look forward to announcing the winners at our celebration event in Sydney on Friday 1 December.

The AHRI Scholarship

2023 AHRI Scholarship Recipient

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application and a special congratulations to our recipient.


Shannan Quain - Headshot_2023

Shannan Quain MAHRI

This Scholarship reflects AHRI’s commitment to extending HR knowledge and practice, supporting the HR profession, as well as providing a unique professional development opportunity. Shannan, as the 2023 recipient, will investigate the current state of performance management in the Australian Public Sector, including identify challenges, opportunities and recommendations for improvement through the development of practical tools for HR professionals and managers.

“This inspiring new scholarship is a key component of a $250,000 investment by AHRI into the HR profession.

The Scholarship underlines the AHRI Board’s commitment to investing in the profession and provides a pathway to fostering the growth of individual HR professionals and the overall development of the profession.”

Michael Rosmarin
Michael Rosmarin, AHRI Chair

In 2023, AHRI is celebrating 80 years since its inception. To mark this important milestone and to recognise the contribution that HR professionals have made to their people, workplaces, and organisations since 1943, the AHRI Board is proud to announce The AHRI Scholarship as a lasting legacy.

This Scholarship recognises an individual committed to growing the HR body of knowledge and contributing to a better understanding of HR’s contribution and value.

The Scholarship Advisory Committee will work with the AHRI Board and will be drawn from across the profession to evaluate submissions for the scholarship.


Up to $15,000 AUD will be awarded to one successful applicant.

The scholarship can be used for study (dissertation or thesis to be completed within a year), a secondment, training, or research and the development of a paper. At the completion of their study, the scholarship winner will be invited to present their findings to AHRI through appropriate agreed channels.


  • Current AHRI member
  • Currently employed in an HR role in Australia


We don’t expect a weighty submission – we are interested in your idea and the outcomes of the activity, both for you and for the wider HR profession. You choose the category of interest to you and that is relevant to the HR industry.

Your submission should cover:

  • who you are;
  • the proposed activity;
  • an outline of how the funding will be spent; and
  • the outcomes that will be delivered for the applicant and the HR profession

Speak to our commercial team to discuss award sponsorship opportunities.

The AHRI Scholarship