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Become a Host University—CASE Asia-Pacific Graduate Trainee Program

Host and co-host universities within the CASE Asia-Pacific Educational Fundraising Graduate Trainee Program benefit from the bright and enthusiastic high-calibre graduates on the Program. Many institutions find the Program a great way to spot talent and they go on to employ their trainees on a permanent basis following completion of the Program.

What are the requirements for a host university?

Host universities provide their graduate trainee with a 12-month contract during which time the graduate trainee will undertake assignments and projects that will provide develop their core fundraising skills and enable the graduate trainee to rotate through at least three areas of a development office. The host university provides a senior member of staff to oversee the trainee's development program and this person reports back to CASE Asia-Pacific on the trainee's development.

Host institutions cover the trainee's basic annual salary (CASE guides participating institutions to a basic salary of AUD 55,000 + 9% super per annum, depending on each institution's own pay and grading structure) and contribute AUD 12,000 toward the recruitment and training of the graduate trainees.

Why should I become a host university?

The CASE Asia-Pacific Educational Fundraising Graduate Trainee Program establishes a strong base of future major gift fundraisers and development directors, ensuring the ongoing growth in fundraising capacity, voluntary gifts and philanthropy to the higher education sector.

Host universities seeking talented and high-calibre individuals can use the Program as a way to identify talented and passionate fundraising staff interested in educational philanthropy.

How do I become a host university?

Host universities must meet the following criteria:

  1. The development office should be well-established with continuity and strong leadership.
  2. The office should have typically at least ten full-time equivalent positions.
  3. The office must contain at least four of the below distinct teams or functions:
    1. Annual giving
    2. Bequests
    3. Major gifts
    4. Trusts and foundations
    5. Alumni relations
    6. Advancement services (Prospect research/gift receipting etc)
  4. A staff training program must be in place within the development office.
  5. An experienced manager within the office is able to take responsibility for the management of the graduate trainee for the 12-month contract. The manager's responsibilities will include:
    1. Coordination with CASE Asia-Pacific on recruitment
    2. Planning the programme for the trainee
    3. Working with CASE mentors on the progression of the trainee
    4. Supporting other line managers who the trainee will be working with
    5. Holding performance reviews
  6. The host institutions will be responsible for 100% of salary and any related costs, and contribute toward the maintenance and administration of the Program. CASE guides participating institutions to a basic salary of AUD $55,000 + 9% super per annum, depending on each institution's own pay and grading structure.
  7. Each participating institution also makes a payment of AUD $12,000 per trainee to CASE Asia-Pacific which covers:
    1. Advertising and recruitment process, including telephone interviews, in person interview by CASE before submitting 3-5 candidates to the institution
    2. Training and mentoring program, including participation at CASE programs (CASE Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference, CASE Asia-Pacific Institute in Educational Fundraising  and a Masterclass) and visits to or talks by foundations, wealth advisors and leaders in the philanthropic community (Inclusive of the trainee's airfare, accommodation and meal expenses incurred during the programs).
    3. Networking and peer cohort program among trainees

If you are interested in becoming a host institution, please contact Fione GOH, Head, Business Development, CASE Asia-Pacific, at or call +65 6778 3285.