HB8 Program – Frequently Asked Questions


Question  Answer 

Has the payment schedule changed? I want to confirm which one is the correct schedule to follow. 


The amounts remain the same, but yes, there is a slight change in the due dates for each payment. We wanted to give you more time to secure your funds. The new payment schedule is:  

Payment #1 – Due: upon signing the Terms & Conditions AUD$200.00** (ex GST)   

Payment #2 – Due: 14 March 2023 AUD$4,443.00 (ex GST)  

Payment #3 – Due: 30 April 2023 AUD$4,443.00 (ex GST)  

* Program fees are to be paid in Australian Dollars AUD
** (non-refundable deposit)   

Where I can get information about the cost of the program, the ways it can be paid and if there’s any kind of scholarship?  The total cost for the virtual program is AUD$9,086 (AUD$9,995 inc GST). We have a few payment method options available to you, click HERE to find out more information. When scholarships are available, we consider all applicants who meet the scholarship criteria.  
Is it possible to contribute more to the first payment and have it deducted from the second payment, or pay all in full?  We are flexible in accommodating how you wish to be invoiced, if there are no outstanding payments past the due date. You can pay the entire amount in full if you wish. 
Is it possible to pay using a credit card?  Yes, it is. This is directly linked to your invoice. 
How do I pay my invoice?  Here is a link to how to pay your invoice. 
Do you offer tuition discounts to NFPs?  Unfortunately, we do not. Our contract and agreements are with the individual not with companies. Homeward Bound Projects Limited is a not for profit. Any surplus funds are retained by the company to pay for operating costs and to keep delivery of our leadership program as accessible as possible. 
I’m traveling until March 20th. Can I put the deposit down then?   We require a deposit to hold your place on the program. If you fail to make a deposit by the due date your place on #TeamHB8 may be offered to someone else.  
The second payment for HB8 will arrive quite soon (in March). Do you know when the fundraising toolkit will be send to us ?    Click HERE to view our Fundraising Toolkit. 
I will be fundraising for this and I’m interested to learn about what happens if I cannot raise funds in time?    Please check our Fundraising Toolkit to help you with your fundraising initiatives. Your participation will be withdrawn if we don’t receive payment before the program commences in May.  It is important that you talk with us if you believe you will have difficulty making any payments. 
Will there still be a course/ session on how to fundraise and if so when would this be?   A fundraising masterclass will be scheduled in April. In the meantime, please check our Fundraising Toolkit to help you with your fundraising initiatives. 
I was wondering if you could offer any financial support or would recommend any scholarship to apply to cover the cost of the training program  Please check our Fundraising Toolkit to help you with your fundraising initiatives. Everything you need to start your fundraising campaign is in this toolkit. 
I decided to apply again to this program because of the new scholarship for South Pacific Women in STEMM. 

All women who applied located in the South Pacific region (Aus, NZ, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands) and met the Homeward Bound scholarship criteria were considered for scholarship. The successful scholarship recipients will be announced shortly.  

If more scholarship funds become available, we may offer further scholarships. 

Can I see the Terms and Conditions before I accept the offer?   The Terms and Conditions will be provided to each person that accepts the letter of offer. You are not contractually bound to your acceptance of the letter of offer and can accept or decline the contract and terms and conditions once you review them.  
What happens next after I accept the offer?    Once you accept the offer for a place in the new program, you will receive the Terms and Conditions and the first invoice requiring a deposit payment to secure your spot. You will have 7 days to sign the contract and make your first payment. 
Would you please be able to please indicate what time of day the online workshops will be held?   A more detailed program curriculum will be provided. In the past, sessions have been held on a Thursday at 7am and repeated at 5pm Melbourne, Australia time zone on a fortnightly (every two weeks) basis. This is likely to remain. Sessions run for 90 or 120 minutes and recordings will be available for those that cannot attend live.
Where can I find the program outline with more details?    A more detailed program curriculum will be provided in the next few weeks.  
Could I get more information on the program outline, requirements in terms of time taken to do the program (I work full time)- i.e. hours per week, timing during the week etc, as well as costs associated. 

The program comprises lectures, personal and leadership development tools, coaching sessions, visibility training and the opportunity to develop meaningful collaborations – in forums, in teams with a focus on areas of interest, and in small diverse cohorts. 

You will be required to commit to approximately 10 to 20 hours per month in the online component of the program, including:  

  • Bi-monthly/Fortnightly video calls and masterclasses (1.5-2 hour sessions) 
  • Collaboration with other Homeward Bound participants and alumnae 
  • Completion of diagnostics 
  • One-to-one coaching and upskilling 
  • Potential contribution to special leadership development projects 
If I wasn’t able to attend the expedition in the planned November 2024 season would I be able to defer my attendance to the following year (or next trip, assuming another trip goes ahead)?    If you are unable  to attend the voyage in 2024, we can place you on a waitlist for a future voyage. 
I wondered if there was a chance I could join the HB5 voyage from Ushuaia this November?   Unfortunately, this is not an option. It is a requirement for participants to complete the online program first before participating in a voyage.  
An exciting part of the program is the Antarctica meet-up but I am curious about whether there is any idea when this trip would be? I am trying to consider it around my students (and potential baby).   A global face-to-face program in Antarctica is scheduled for 2024/2025 season. 
If institutions/ companies pay /sponsor, can I do sponsored posts while on board the ship during the trip? I.e. who owns rights of the photos taken.    You own the rights of your own photos taken. Please review the communications toolkit to confirm guidelines on what you can and cannot promise. 
I accepted the offer via the “view form” but my application is still “in progress”. Is my acceptation registered?   Yes, your acceptance of the offer will be registered in our system. However, your status remains in-progress until you sign your contract and pay the first invoice to secure your spot into the program. 
What is the estimate cost of the voyage and when is it most likely going to take place?  Global face-to-face program in Antarctica (2025 season): estimated US$13,100. The entire trip includes 2 nights accommodation at the departing port prior to the voyage and then 15 nights at sea. (The continuing uncertainty caused by the  COVID19 epidemic and other global events may negatively impact the costs and dates of the voyage. Confirmation therefore will be provided closer to the voyage date). 
Antarctica Voyage dates  Antarctica voyage season is between November 2024 and March 2025. Homeward hope to commence travel in November 2024. 
In the information pack that was circulated to support the application, it made note of the Antarctica voyage for the 2025 season. In the offer letter it just states a global meet-up. Can you confirm that a voyage is included for the HB8 cohort? 

The continuing uncertainty caused by the  COVID19 epidemic and other global events may negatively impact the costs and dates of the voyage. Confirmation therefore will be provided closer to the voyage date. 

If a voyage is unable to take place, Homeward Bound will consider alternatives for a global face to face meet up. 

If Antarctica is confirmed, when does one need to make payment or confirm their spot on the voyage?  Participation and instalment plans will be communicated 12-18 months prior to the planned voyage. 
What happens if life circumstances changes between now and the planned voyage?  Our experience tells us that we will need to cross that bridge when we get to it. It is no use speculating now. 
Could you outline a rough itinerary of the Antarctica voyage? Does it dock in one part of Antarctica with excursions based from there or is the ship traveling the whole time?  Unfortunately we won’t be able to provide more information on future voyages for 2024/25 season at this point in time.  
If I complete the online program, do I have to participate in the voyage?  Once you complete the inline program, you will have a choice to voyage to antarctica. Participation in the voyage is not compulsory. 


Homeward Bound is a transformational leadership initiative for women with a background in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine), from around the world. The program has four core development components, or ‘Streams’: leadership , strategy, visibility and science. The key components are woven together into an integrated program, delivered by an expert global faculty.  


The world needs a new kind of leader and our #TeamHB7 cohort for the Homeward Bound program represent the diversity, initiative, bravery and skill we are looking for. These 100 women have been selected from an immensely impressive application pool,  for our sixth program. All have a background and/or qualification in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine (STEMM).


In 2018 and 2019, women at Homeward Bound embarked on a mission to uncover the truther about diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM). 

The result is a published paper and a Gender Fact Sheet summary. As these undeniable facts highlight, we have a long way to go to achieving equality.