Applications open 12 December 2016 and close 17 February 2017.

Scholarships of up to $15,000 are available in 2017 to Aboriginal people ​currently working as registered nurses or registered midwives in the NSW public health system. These scholarships are to assist with educational expenses directly associated with postgraduate study.

The NSW Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship fund provides Aboriginal Postgraduate Scholarships under the following targeted areas:

  • Paediatrics
  • Drug and alcohol
  • Mental health
  • Early childhood
  • Midwifery
  • Chronic care
  • Clinical studies
  • Education management.

This scholarship is for 2017 only. Re-application for a scholarship is required each year.

Terms and Conditions

Am I eligible to apply?

  • Are you of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent?
  • Do you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person?
  • Are you known and accepted in the community in which you live or have lived?
  • Are you a resident of NSW?
  • Are you currently employed as a registered nurse/midwife within NSW?
  • Will you be enrolled in an Australian postgraduate course in 2017 that is accredited under the NSW Higher Education Act (2001)?
  • Are you willing to participate in an evaluation or telephone survey about the Aboriginal Scholarships Program?

If you answered 'yes' to the above questions you are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Application requirements

You are required to send the following documents to the Nursing and Midwifery Office to be received by 17 February 2017.

  1. A copy of your Confirmation of Aboriginality. (For further information please refer to the frequently asked questions)
  2. Official confirmation of enrolment in an Australian postgraduate nursing or midwifery course in 2017. This document must include:
    • your name
    • the name of the course
    • the year of study
    • a list of the subjects you have enrolled in for 2017.

    If your enrolment confirmation is unavailable at the time of application, please provide a brief letter indicating your intention to enrol and forward your enrolment confirmation as soon as possible so that your application can be progressed. Generic information about course subjects will not be accepted.

  3. Please include a current copy of your resume.
  4. A letter from your employer in the following format:
    • On your employer's official letterhead
    • Dated and signed (within in the last three months)
    • State your name
    • State the title of your position
    • State your employment status (full-time, part-time or casual)
    • State how long you have been employed in this position.

    NOTE: Applicants undertaking postgraduate study leading to registration as a midwife must show proof of having concurrent employment in a recognised student midwifery position in a maternity service.

  5. A completed Aboriginal Scholarship Application Form. Please note that payments cannot be made into credit card accounts.
  6. An essay of no more than 250 words describing how the qualification being studied will make a positive contribution to your current role and the Aboriginal community.

Note: If you have previously received a postgraduate scholarship from the NSW Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Fund please supply a copy of your official course results.

Supply of documents

Applications should be submitted via the Aboriginal Scholarship Application​ or alternatively complete the  PDF form and send via email or Australia Post. If applying via mail, it is strongly recommended that you send your supporting documentation by Express Post so that it can be tracked.

Please mail your completed documents to:

NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Strategy
Nursing and Midwifery Office
NSW Ministry of Health
Locked Mail Bag 961
NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2059

by emailing to: aboriginalnursing@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

or by sumiting your application online here Aboriginal Scholarship Application Form

Please read the entire terms and conditions above and the frequently asked questions before submiting your application.

Page Updated: Tuesday 13 December 2016