The Foundation manages an innovative scholarship program which attracts high performing students and equips them with essential leadership skills, in partnership with The Voice Inc., a youth development organization that runs leadership programs for students in PNG.

Oil Search Foundation Scholarships

Oil Search Foundation is a key partner committed to supporting the development of PNG’s next generation of transformational leaders. This support is provided through various initiatives.

Oil Search Foundation Scholarships

The Oil Search Foundation Scholarships are offered to a limited number of high performing Papua New Guineans in partnering tertiary institutions in Papua New Guinea PNG, with a focus on the fields of health and education. The OSF scholarships are aimed at attracting skills needed within Oil Search’s project area, hence are awarded to candidates who are willing to work in rural areas of Gulf, Southern Highlands and Hela provinces for at least two (2) years upon the completion of their studies, and meet other requirements set by OSF and partnering
tertiary institutions.

The Foundation provides scholarships for:

  • Final Year Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery students at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG);

  • Final Year Bachelor of Business Management students at the Pacific Adventist University who will be serving in a health or education facility or organisation;

  • A Masters in Public Health student at UPNG;

  • Bachelor of Midwifery students at Lutheran School of Nursing. These scholarships are offered to practising nurses serving in Hela, Southern Highlands and or Gulf Provinces;

PNG Partnership Fund Scholarships

In partnership with the Hela Provincial Health Authority and the Australian Government through the PNG Partnership Fund, the Foundation has offered scholarships for courses that will produce health skills needed for Hela province. They are offered to young people located in remote regions of Hela Province who meet the scholarship requirements set by OSF and partnering tertiary institutions. The scholarships are aimed at improving basic health services in Hela, hence they are offered to candidates who are willing to work in rural areas of Hela provinces for at least two (2) years upon the completion of their studies.

In 2019 scholarships have been offered to candidates to undergo their Bachelor of Midwifery, Community Health Worker training, and Diploma in Nursing programs.

Oil Search Limited STEM Scholarships

The Oil Search vision is “to generate top-quartile returns for shareholders through excellence in socially responsible oil and gas exploration and production”. As part of this vision, Oil Search recognises the need to create career opportunities in the oil and gas industry with young PNG citizens and encourage early attraction and entry of high potential talent into its pipeline. The goal of the program is to introduce a coordinated OSL approach to educational scholarships and awards focused on early attraction of high potential talent into OSL’s technical talent pipeline.

In late 2018 we signed an agreement with
Oil Search Limited to manage their scholarship program in 2019. The OSL Scholarship Program is focused on STEM fields and will be offered to students in selected universities in PNG for the 2020 academic year, after candidates go through OSL’s internship program in 2019. This program is merit based, and females are encouraged to apply.

2018 OSF Midwifery Scholarship Recipients after their Graduation at Divine Word University.

2018 OSF Midwifery Scholarship Recipients after their Graduation at Divine Word University.



All scholarships provided by the Foundation include leadership training and activities.

Applications for all 2019 scholarships are now closed. Applications for 2020 scholarships will be open in the third quarter of 2019.

Scholarships managed by the Foundation are promoted and offered through universities, and through the Foundation’s development partners in Hela, Southern Highlands and Gulf Provinces.

Leadership Training

The Foundation provides opportunities for leadership activities that are aimed at equipping Papua New Guineans with essential leadership skills, needed to drive positive change in communities and organizations in PNG.

Leadership Training for Secondary Schools

The Foundation’s leadership training for secondary schools targeting grade twelve students commenced in 2018 at Kikori Secondary School. In 2019, the training was delivered to Kikori and Tari Secondary Schools, with the support of the Gulf and Hela Provincial Education Boards, and in partnership with The Voice Inc., a youth development organization that runs leadership programs for students in PNG. Hosted over three to four days, the program is aimed at enhancing the leadership capacity of grade 12 students by providing them essential skills to influence and motivate positive change in their communities and home - both now and into the future. The program was well received by schools and participants, who provided positive feedbacks on how the program has equipped and encouraged participants to practice good leadership values into the future. This program will continue in selected secondary schools in Oil Search’s project area.

Women on Leadership and Management

OSF is supporting professional women to enhance their leadership skills by providing them an opportunity to attend courses designed specifically for women in Papua New Guinea. This program has the potential to equip women with essential leadership skills to complement their roles and drive positive change in their work places and communities.

The Foundation started this initiative in 2019, by supporting two women in leadership roles, one from Pimaga Rural Hospital in Southern Highlands, and one from Hela Provincial Health Authority in Hela, to undergo a 6-month long Women in Leadership and Management course. The course will be delivered by Business Coalition for Women in partnership with Wings Education PNG.

Leadership Training at Tari Secondary School

Leadership Training at Tari Secondary School

Oil Search employees at the Champions of Change session at the Ridge Camp, Kutubu.

Oil Search employees at the Champions of Change session at the Ridge Camp, Kutubu.





The Foundation recognises the importance of connecting with Oil Search’s large and diverse workforce and in particular connecting what the Foundation does to what employees can do in their own communities.

As a result of this in 2017 the Oil Search Foundation (OSF) board approved the Champions of Change program which was launched and implemented in 2018

The Champions of Change program is delivered through a staged approach as outlined below:

1. Knowing what we do
(Goal 1: Increasing the exposure of Oil Search employees to the Foundation’s policies, programs, activities and results)

The implementation of this first focus area will commence in February 2019 with a saturated effort throughout quarter one however will be maintained over the entire 12 months. The plan aims to utilise lunch and learn sessions, town halls, tool box sessions, coffee hub screens as well as the more traditional formats of newsletters, blog and intranet stories, press releases, television and radio to communicate what OSF does. The use of social media will play an important role in communicating the OSF story and a visual media campaign is proposed as part of this comprehensive plan.

Utilising high quality photographs with limited text and a regular release onto the chosen social media platforms will ensure the OSF story is regularly communicated. The visual media campaign will also tie in closely with the speaking themes to ensure messages are reinforced through these other mediums.

Creating a sense of understanding, commitment and pride in the work of OSF will be at the core of this campaign and will contribute to the greater brand recognition that the 2018 communications plan sets out to achieve. 

Harnessing initial support at the senior levels of OSL and OSF will be critical to the success of sharing the OSF story and the second phase of the Employee Engagement implementation plan.

2. Creating Champions of Change
(Goal 2: Develop Champions of Change by providing staff with tools and knowledge to actively make a difference in their communities)

Commencing in quarter 2 OSF will focus on further engaging staff by providing them the information, tools and support to be active agents of change. We will maintain the OSF narrative through the various modes of communication used in Q1 however will build on this by enabling staff to address a range of social issues in their communities. Toolkits related to issues HIV/AIDs, TB, Malaria, violence against women and girls, maternal and child health and literacy will be provided to interested staff. Employees will be encouraged to utilise the toolkits in their own communities and deliver simple activities in a manner that is most culturally and contextually appropriate. This will also be linked to the small grants program currently running under the WPE program to encourage staff who wish to do so to apply for a small grant to build on their initiatives.

A selection of special guest speakers aligned to the thematic areas of the toolkits will also be invited to speak to staff about the ways in which they can be agents of change and how to respond to social issues in their own way.

As part of creating champions of change staff will be encouraged to share “How am I making a difference” through a short video competition filmed on their phones. This will contribute to and extend the visual media campaign commenced in Q1 and allow staff to share their stories in an easy format. These stories will then be shared through some of the mediums outlined earlier. This element of the implementation plan will lead into the third focus area to be rolled out in quarter three and four.

3. Celebrating Achievements (Goal 3: To celebrate and promote the work of individuals identified as Champions of Change to encourage greater participation both within Oil Search and the PNG private sector)

Celebrating the success of employees engaged in the Employee Engagement implementation plan is an important element of the overall strategy. OSF will do this through an annual event celebrating a Champion of the Year. The Champion of the Year will also be engaged in speaking tour to inspire and motivate others. In addition to this the short video competition winner will be announced and all videos screened at the event.