The Ma & Morley Scholarship Program is a transformative experience offered to students of the University of Newcastle who want to change the world.

This revolutionary scholarship program was born to honour the life-changing and enduring friendship between the successful Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma and respected Novocastrian Ken Morley.

The program aims to inspire, educate and cultivate the next generation of globally aware and socially conscious Australian leaders and is only made possible by a generous US$20 million philanthropic commitment by the Jack Ma Foundation.

Video: A new generation of globally aware and socially conscious leaders have arrived.

Meet the Ma & Morley Scholars

Hear first-hand why our scholars chose to apply and their experience as Ma & Morley scholarship recipients.

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Scholarship benefits

up to $75,000
Values based leadership program
China immersion experience*
Life-long friendships and bonds

Scholar experience

Virtual tour of Alibaba 01:41

When the 2020 Ma & Morley Scholars couldn’t travel to China, the University partnered with the Jack Ma Foundation to deliver a first-of-its kind tour of the Alibaba headquarters in Hangzhou, with more virtual global experiences planned. The University of Newcastle’s Ma & Morley Scholarship Program aims to inspire, educate and cultivate the next generation of globally aware and socially conscious Australian leaders.

China Immersion Trip 2019 01:36

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Learn more about the Ma and Morley Scholar experience

Ma & Morley Scholarship Information Webinar

Learn about the program origins, values, benefits and application tips.

Video: Ma & Morley Information Webinar


We acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional custodians of the lands on which our offices are located:

The Pambalong Clan of the Awabakal Nation - Newcastle campus at Callaghan | Darkinung People - Central Coast campus at Ourimbah | Biripai People - Port Macquarie campus

We also acknowledge and pay respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities from where our applicants, scholars and mentors are drawn.

We acknowledge and pay our respects to their ancestors past and present and acknowledge Indigenous future leaders, and it is the hope of the Ma & Morley Scholarship Program that we can develop meaningful relationships and work with current generations to be part of creating a fairer and respectful Australia now and into the future.

At least one third of the scholars in the program are Indigenous and we are honoured to offer the tools and support to develop their leadership qualities and global opportunities so they can change the world.

*China immersion experience subject to travel, health and other restrictions

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.