Applications open 1 November 2015 and close 19 February 2016.

Scholarships of up to $1,000 per subject are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery in 2016.

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 as such in the community in which you live or have lived?
  • Are you living in NSW?
  • Will you be undertaking an Australian Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree in 2016?
  • If successful, are you willing to participate in an evaluation or telephone survey about the NSW Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Fund?

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

If you have had a previous scholarship from Nursing and Midwifery Office we require a copy of your official course results to date, when available. This information is collected for evaluation purposes and to ensure that you have undertaken the same number of subjects that you have been funded for.

Please note: Scholarships will not be provided to any applicant undertaking a NSW Health Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship.

Application requirements

You are required to send the following documents to support your application. These documents are to be received by the Nursing and Midwifery Office by 19 February 2016.

  1. Provide an essay of no more than 500 words explaining:
    • why you want to pursue nursing or midwifery as a career
    • why is it important to have Aboriginal people working as nurses or midwives
    • how this scholarship will assist you in completing your undergraduate nursing or midwifery studies.
  2. A copy of your Confirmation of Aboriginality. (For more information please refer to the frequently asked questions.)
  3. Please include a current copy of your Resume
  4. Official confirmation of enrolment in an Australian undergraduate nursing or midwifery course in 2016 that is accredited under the NSW Higher Education Act (2001). 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 2016.
  5. 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.

  6. A completed 'Statement by a supplier' form.
    • This is an Australian Taxation Office form. By completing this form NSW Health is not obliged to deduct tax from your scholarship.
    • If you do not have an Australian Business Number (ABN), you will need to complete this form.
    • Print your name and address in 'Section A: Supplier details'.
    • In Section A, question 3, cross the most appropriate box (one only and it is usually the last box). Please note, NSW Health is unable to advise which box to select as it relates to your personal circumstances.
    • In 'Section B: Declaration', sign where it says 'Signature of supplier (or authorised person)'. Unsigned and/or incomplete forms will not be processed and your application will be deemed to be unsuccessful.
    • Sample of a completed form.
  7. A completed Aboriginal Scholarship Application Form. 
    Applications open 1 November 2015 and close 19 February 2016.
  8. For continuing students who have previously received an undergraduate scholarship from the NSW Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Fund, please send in a copy of your official Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery course results to date.

Supply of Documents

Applications can be submitted 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

Or alternatively, please email your completed documents to aboriginalnursing@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

Page Updated: Wednesday 16 September 2015