HB9 Program – Frequently Asked Questions




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 7am and 5pm Melbourne, Australia time zone on a fortnightly (every two weeks) basis. This is likely to remain. 
Where can I find the program outline with more details?    A more detailed program curriculum will be provided later on. 
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 of 30 online 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 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 project 

HB9 Applicant Information Pack


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 HB9 virtual program is AU$9,705 (AU$10,675 inc GST). 

There are several ways to pay your Homeward Bound invoice. Click here to review your options. 

When scholarships are available, we consider all applicants who meet the scholarship criteria. 

What is the HB9’s payment schedule? 


Non-refundable DEPOSIT is due upon accepting your Letter of Offer AUD$200.00 (ex GST) (the Letter of Offer will include details of how to pay). 

Payment in full is due 30th June AU$9,505(ex GST)* 

If paying in 2 instalments: 

Instalment #1 of AU$4,752.50 (ex GST)* Due by 14 June

Instalment #2 of AU$4,752.50 (ex GST)* Due by 31 July  

* Australian residents will be supplied with a Tax Invoice which includes GST.  

Program fees are to be paid in Australian Dollars AUD. Any bank transaction and fees are your responsibility. 

Important information about payments  If your employer or a sponsor is funding your participation, whether partially or in full, please ensure they are aware of HB’s payment instalment dates as outlined in the Applicant Information for HB9. Any late payments or non-payments may result in you forfeiting your place in the program. It is best to lead that conversation with your employer/sponsor now rather than waiting to be accepted into the program.   
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. 



What happens if I don’t make my deposit with accepting my letter of offer?   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 #TeamHB9 may be offered to someone else. 
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 and pay your deposit, you will receive the Terms and Conditions and an invoice for payment. 
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.. 
Eligibility Criteria (minimum age requirement)
Based on feedback and evaluation of our past programs and participants, and for our participants to fully appreciate and apply the learnings from the program, our recommendation is for participants to have some level of leadership and qualification experiences.
We acknowledge and recognise the leadership potential in every woman, and we continuously re-assess our program to ensure that we offer the most impactful and value-adding experience for our participants.



I decided to apply for HB9 because of the 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 will be considered for scholarship. The successful scholarship recipients will be announced in June prior to the start of the program 

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


EXPERIENTIAL PROGRAM (global face-to-face)

Are we going to Antarctica?  Please refer to the Applicant Information for HB9 for more information about the experiential component of the program. 
If I complete the online program, do I have to participate in experiential component of the program?  Once you complete the online program, you will join The Convergence. While participation in the experiential component is recommended, it is not compulsory. 
What happens if life circumstances changes between now and the planned experiential component?  Nothing is confirmed yet as to the face-to-face component of the program. Our experience tells us that we will need to cross that bridge when we get to it. It is no use speculating now. 
When do we expect the face-to-face component will happen? At this stage, we are on the hunt for a new experiential location, or potentially multiple locations. The Homeward Bound team is currently working on offering alternative experiential opportunities and #TeamHB9 will be the first cohort to pilot where we go. We do not have a set timeline yet.



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 #TeamHB9 cohort for the Homeward Bound program represent the diversity, initiative, bravery and skill we are looking for. These 100+ women and non binary people have been selected from an immensely impressive application pool,  for our eighth 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.