2016 True North Scholarship for Women

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Everything we do at Bain is guided by True North. In geographic terms, True North is an unchanging and true point on a gyro-compass. It is constant, singular and not affected by factors like magnetic forces or location. For us, True North is our unswerving commitment to always do the right thing by our clients, our people, and our communities. Part of that commitment is to enable women to achieve their full potential at work and in our communities.

The aim of our True North Scholarship program has always been to inspire high potential female students and equip them with practical skills to develop leadership ability and increase personal impact as they start out in their careers. As well as a $15,000 scholarship, our winner will be assigned a Bain mentor to provide guidance and access to a vast professional network. It may also give you a head start in your application to join Bain Australia.

We are keen to meet penultimate year students from any discipline and from a wide range of backgrounds and experience. You’ll need to be a strong academic achiever, with great communication skills and the drive, passion and energy to solve problems, succeed and really make a difference.


To be eligible to apply for the True North Scholarship, you will need to meet the below criteria:

  • A female penultimate undergraduate year student at an Australian or New Zealand University expecting to graduate at the end of 2017 or mid-2018. Applications from Masters Degree (except MBA) students at the University of Melbourne and University of Western Australia will be accepted.
  • An Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • A strong academic achiever who thrives on creating an impact
  • Someone who enjoys solving complex problems and delivering results
  • Active in community or extra-curricular activities

Within your application you will need to submit the following documents (in Word or PDF format):

  • A one-page cover letter outlining your interest in our scholarship and how you meet our selection criteria
  • Your 1-2 page resume
  • A copy of your academic transcripts—unofficial transcripts will be accepted
  • Enter the reference code "TRUE NORTH 2016" when prompted in the Associate Consultant application form

Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 8 July.


Successful applicants will participate in two rounds of case interviews with Bain during late July or early August. The interview format involves a combination of case and experience interviews.

We recommend that you prepare for these interviews by reviewing the case study preparation section on joinbain.com.


All applicants who are selected for interview will be invited to attend our True North Scholarship workshop, in Sydney from 21 to 22 July. The workshop offers exceptional insight into our industry and what a career in Consulting can offer, as well as opportunities to identify and practice a number of key skills, including case cracking technique.

Taking part in our True North Scholarship is also a unique opportunity to meet a group of high achieving young women from across Australia and New Zealand and together learn about the impact we have here at Bain and how our supportive culture can support you in realizing your full potential.

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