Grants up to $1,000 for clinical placements in a NSW public health facility are available to NSW students undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree. Grants to assist with accommodation and travel associated with your clinical placement will be awarded based on the distance between the post office of the suburb/town of your residence and the post office of the suburb/town of the placement.

Distance (one way) Amount
751km + $1,000
501 - 750km $750
301 - 500km $500
101 - 300km $300
50 - 100km $100
under 50km nder 50km no grant

Applicants are only eligible to apply for one grant per semester, per year. Applicants who are recipients of 2016 undergraduate scholarships are not eligible to apply for placement grants.

Funding period 1 applications - opening 29 February and closing 13 May.

Funding period 2 applications - opening 01 August and closing 18 November.

Applications must be submitted online. Applications received by any other means (eg. post or email) will not be processed.

Applications including all required documents must be received by 5:00 pm on the closing date. Late applications will not be considered.

All applicants will be notified via email of the outcome of their application approximately four weeks after the relevant closing date.

Am I eligible to apply?

  1. Are you a resident of NSW?
  2. Are you an undergraduate student enrolled in a Bachelor of Nursing or a Bachelor of Midwifery degree? Are you/will you be undertaking a clinical placement in a public health facility in NSW?
  3. Are you an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia?
  4. If successful, are you willing to participate in an evaluation or telephone survey about the NSW Nursing and Midwifery scholarship fund?
  5. You are not a current recipient of an nursing and midwifery undergraduate scholarship from the Health Education and Training Institute.

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

Documents required

Each applicant is required to upload the following documents during the online application:

  1. Written confirmation from your university nursing coordinator of your placement location, dates and duration on university letterhead.
Hand-written applications will not be accepted and applications will be deemed unsuccessful.
 

Selection

The awarding of grants is determined by a selection panel. Decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

When will I know if my application is successful?

Applicants will be notified by email about the outcome of their application by the end of June 2016 for semester one applications, and by the end of December 2016 for semester two applications. Please note that unexpected delays can occur.

What happens next?

If successful, you will be notified by email of the amount that you will receive via electronic funds transfer (EFT).

If successful, how much money will I receive?

Grants to assist with accommodation and travel associated with your clinical placement will be awarded based on the distance between your residence and the location of the placement.

When will I receive my grant payment?

It may take up to five weeks to process payments into your nominated bank account. Please note however that unexpected delays sometimes occur.

Payments cannot be made into credit card accounts.

What can I use my grant funding for?

Grant funding is provided to assist students with travel and accommodation costs directly associated with clinical placements undertaken as part of their Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree. The Health Education and Training Institute does not require receipts, however these should be retained by the applicant for taxation purposes.

What if I do not undertake the clinical placement?

Successful applicants who do not undertake the clinical placement must notify the Health Education and Training Institute in writing within seven days. Full repayment of grant funding will be required.

Income tax advice

Full time students - grants are considered to be tax exempt income for students who are studying full time at university.

Part time students - generally, grant funding provided to part time students, regardless of their employment status is not considered to be tax exempt income. However, as long as the grant funding is used for non-tax deductible expenses it may be classified as exempt income.

Please seek independent taxation advice where required regarding personal circumstances.

Fringe benefits tax (FBT) advice

An FBT issue arises with employees in the public health system who receives funding from the Health Education and Training Institute. Please note the following:

If the course being studied directly relates to current employment duties, the taxable value of the benefit will be reduced to nil. If there is a nil taxable value there is a nil FBT liability.

If the course being studied does not directly relate to current employment duties, the full scholarship payment will attract FBT.

Please seek independent advice on the personal tax effects of any grant funding you may receive.

How to apply

Submit an online application ​. For further information about this scholarship please contact the Senior Program Officer by email at nscholar@doh.health.nsw.gov.au or on (02) 9844 6570.​

Page Updated: Tuesday 2 August 2016