Welcome to ONLP

Working together towards sustainable food and nutrition security for Oceania by developing, inspiring and connecting a new generation of visionary leaders in nutrition.
Working Hours
Monday - Friday 09:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday - Sunday CLOSED


Is there an age limit?

No there is no age limit, but the program is aimed at early to mid-career people working in the field of nutrition.

What is the definition of early- and mid-career?

Early career is defined as up to 5 years (FTE) post-highest qualification.
Mid-career is defined as 5-15 years (FTE) post-highest qualification.
Career disruptions and full-time equivalence (FTE) will be considered in calculations of eligibility.

Do you need a PhD?

A PhD is not required. The minimum criteria is an advanced degree (i.e postgraduate qualifications such as Graduate Diploma/Masters) or significant equivalent work experience in nutrition or a nutrition-related field.

Am I eligible to apply whilst I am doing PhD?

Yes, people undertaking a PhD are eligible, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

Do you need a Masters degree?

The minimum criteria is an advanced degree which includes postgraduate qualifications such as a Graduate Diploma, Masters or PhD or significant equivalent work experience in nutrition or a nutrition-related field.

I’ve had a career disruption, would this be taken into account when my eligibility is determined?

Yes, career disruptions will be taken into account. Information regarding career disruptions will be asked for in the application form.

Which countries are included under Oceanic countries?

Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands comprising Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

Do I need to attend the full 7 days of the ONLP course?


Will I have to stay at the course venue for the full duration of the course?


How many participants will there be per ONLP course?

ONLP2018 will aim to enrol 30 participants.

Do I have to live in an Oceanic country to be eligible for the course?

Yes, but if you are currently studying/working overseas and it is your intention to work in an Oceanic country you will be eligible as long as you can prove the intention to the selection committee.

Do I have to have studied nutrition to be eligible?

You will be eligible if you have qualifications (an advanced degree) in nutrition or a field related to nutrition or significant equivalent work experience in nutrition or a nutrition-related field.

How competitive is the ONLP course and hence what are my chances of being a successful applicant?

Candidates will be selected on the basis of merit according to the selection criteria and the aim is to enrol a diverse group of participants in each course; spread over different sectors (academia, research institutes, national and international authorities, industry, NGOs), countries/ states/ regions/ institutions, gender and career level (early- and mid-career) in order to enhance network building and growth and development of individuals.

To ensure diversity, ONLP2018 will offer the following:

  • At least 2 positions will be guaranteed for eligible candidates identifying as Pacific Islander
  • At least 2 positions will be guaranteed for eligible candidates identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • At least 1 position will be guaranteed for eligible candidates identifying as Māori.

Thus, several factors in addition to merit are taken into account when selecting participants. If you are unsuccessful this round we strongly encourage you to apply for the next course.

Are there any scholarships that cover the cost of attending an ONLP course I can apply for?

Yes. ONLP will provide financial assistance to a limited number of candidates. You can apply for financial assistance for travel and/or course fee costs (includes leadership training, course materials and full board & lodging) through the online application process. Preference will be given to candidates from the Pacific Islands and/or candidates who demonstrate the greatest financial need and can demonstrate their intent/effort to seek funding. The course fee is already being subsidised, hence financial assistance is available to only a limited number of candidates.

Do I need to provide a budget?

Yes, as part of your application, you will need to provide a budget and demonstrate that you have the financial support to attend the ONLP course.

When do I have to pay my course fees?

You will be notified of acceptance on the 22nd December 2017, you must accept this offer and pay a 10% deposit (AUD$400) by the end of January 2018. The remaining balance must be paid by the 31st of May 2018. The deposit and course fees are non-refundable.

If I have been accepted and paid for the ONLP course, but find out later that I cannot attend, can I get a refund?

A non-refundable 10% deposit (AUD400) is due by the end of January 2018 when successful applicants accept their offer. Full payment of course fees is due by the 31st of May 2018. After this date course fees will be non-refundable.

Whilst attending the ONLP course, will you be able to accommodate any dietary requirements?

We will do our best to accommodate all dietary requirements at the course. You will be asked about your dietary requirements after you’ve been accepted into the ONLP course. Please ensure that you let us know!

What type of accommodation will it be? Is it shared accommodation?

Please refer to the Genazzano Retreat website ( for information on accommodation. It is shared accommodation and shared bathrooms. You will not share with someone from the opposite gender.

Will there be laundry facilities available?


Will I need to do any homework prior to attending the ONLP course?

Yes, after acceptance into the course, you will be notified of the work that you will need to do prior to attending the ONLP course.

What do I need to bring with me when attending the ONLP course?

Upon acceptance, you will be notified of what you will need to bring with you.