​​Applications for 2024 rural undergraduate scholarships are now closed

About the Scholarships

Scholarships of up to $5,000 are available for people from rural NSW who are starting their first year of a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree in 2024. The number of scholarships awarded is subject to funds being available. Preference is given to applicants living in locations where greatest workforce need is identified.

EligibilityMap of Rural NSW defining boundaries as Berry, Maitland and Lithgow

To apply you must be:

  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident living in NSW
  • enrolled in your first year of an Australian Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree in 2024
  • living in a rural location within NSW for longer than five years, and within the last ten years
  • intending to practice in a rural location as a registered nurse or midwife when you complete your studies
  • willing to participate in an evaluation or telephone survey about the scholarship

For the purposes of these scholarships, rural NSW is defined by the boundaries of Berry, Maitland and Lithgow.

How to Apply

Applications open on 23 October 2023 and closes midnight 12 January 2024.

To apply you must meet the Eligibility criteria above and:

  • Complete personal details
  • Respond to essay question
  • Provide supporting documents

Online Application

Applications are submitted online. You can save an incomplete application and return to it later. You need to submit your application to be considered. Once your application has been submitted, you can't change your application. When your application is submitted you'll receive a confirmation email.


Respond to the following question:

Why do you wish to become a nurse or midwife and what could you offer your own rural community?

Response must be between 250 to 500 words.

Tip - write the essay in a Word document before you start your online application form. Save it to your hard drive and then attach as a separate word document as instructed in the online application form.

Supporting documents

Upload the following two (2) documents to your online application for your application to be considered:

1. Letter of support

Include a letter as a PDF file written by a person who knows you, which reflects your rural background, your character and desire to practice nursing or midwifery in a rural setting.

This letter cannot be completed by a family member.

An appropriate person could be a:

  • recent employer
  • high school principal or senior teacher
  • health professional or minister of religion
  • member of a community or sporting organisation you are involved in, such as a committee member, sporting coach or volunteer leader

2. Official confirmation of enrolment

Upload an official confirmation of your enrolment in an Australian undergraduate nursing or midwifery course in 2024. This should be provided as a PDF file.

This document must include:

  • name
  • program of study
  • year of study
  •  list of subjects enrolled in 2024

NOTE: If your enrolment confirmation isn't available when you apply, please submit a brief letter showing your intention to enrol and forward your enrolment confirmation when received to MOH-NScholar@health.nsw.gov.au

Enrolment confirmation (post receipt of your application) must be provided by 1 March 2024.

Generic information about course subjects will not be accepted, and we may ask for extra information. 

Rural Undergraduate Scholarships Timeframes

Action                                                                                              Date

Applications Open                                                               23 October 2023

Applications Close                                                              12 January 2024

Enrolment documents supplied by                               1 March 2024

Applications reviewed                                                       March/April 2024

Notification of outcomes to applicants                      30 April 2024

Acceptance of scholarship by applicant                    Within 7 days

Scholarships awarded                                                       by 17 May 2024

Frequently asked questions

When will I know if my application is successful?

You'll find out the outcome of your application by the end of April 2024.

Can I apply for a scholarship each year of my study?

No. This scholarship is only offered to people from rural NSW who are starting their first year of studies in a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree in 2024.

Who awards these scholarships and how are they decided?

A panel consisting of expert nurses and midwives award these scholarships. The panel's selection of successful applicants is based on merit and decisions are final. Applicants are unable to appeal decisions. 

How will I know I have been successful?

If your application is successful, and all your supporting documents have been received by the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI), your scholarship offer will be emailed by the end of April 2024. Payments won't be processed until the confirmation of your enrolment is received.

Unsuccessful applicants will also be emailed by the end of April 2024.

If successful, how much money will I receive?

You'll receive up to $2,500 for part time study and up to $5,000 for full time study.

This is determined according to enrolment information that you supply. The Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) on your enrolment advice indicates whether you are a full time or part time student. To be considered a full time student your EFTSL must add up to 1.00.

NOTE: Funding will be adjusted if money is received for your course from another source.

When will I receive my scholarship payment?

It may take up to five weeks after confirmation to process payments into your bank account. Unexpected delays sometimes occur. Payments can't be made into credit card accounts.

What can I use my scholarship funding for?

Your scholarship funding is for educational expenses directly associated with your undergraduate nursing or midwifery degree, such as accommodation, living expenses, text books and course fees. The HETI does not require receipts, however you should keep these for taxation purposes.

What if I defer, withdraw or change my subjects in 2024?

If you defer or withdraw from your course or change the number of subjects being studied during 2024, you must inform us via email at MOH-NScholar@health.nsw.gov.au within seven days. After a review of your individual circumstances, you may have to repay all or part of your scholarships.

What if I fail a subject in 2024?

Scholarship funds are available to cover all subjects in your course once only. No additional funds are available if you fail a subject and need to repeat the subject.

What if I owe money from a previous nursing or midwifery scholarship?

If you owe outstanding money from a previous scholarship, the offer of the new scholarship will be withdrawn until you repay the funds.

Are there any income tax implications?

Please get independent tax advice on implications. No withholding tax has been deducted.

What about Fringe benefits tax (FBT) advice?

An FBT issue may arise if you're an employee of the NSW public health system and get funding from the NSW Ministry of Health. Please seek independent advice regarding your personal circumstances where necessary.

Further information

We might ask you to take part in an evaluation or telephone survey regarding your scholarship.

For more information about these scholarships email the Senior Program Officer Scholarships at MOH-NScholar@health.nsw.gov.au.​​​​​

Current as at: Friday 23 February 2024
Contact page owner: Nursing and Midwifery