Applications open on 23 November 2020 and close at midnight on 26 February 2021

We value recruiting, retaining and developing the skills of registered nurses and midwives in the NSW public health system.

We offer scholarships of up to $8,000 to registered nurses and midwives who are doing postgraduate study.

The scholarships help with educational expenses directly associated with postgraduate study and are open to those working in full or part-time permanent positions in the NSW public health system.

Scholarships will be offered under the following categories:

  • Category 1 – Clinical studies
  • Category 2 – Education
  • Category 3 – Management
  • Category 4 – Post graduate study leading to registration as a midwife

Scholarships are awarded through a competitive selection process and not all applicants will be awarded one. The scholarship will not cover all costs associated with a program of study.

Nursing and Midwifery postgraduate scholarships offered in 2021 are a single payment.  The amount depends on the postgraduate qualification that you're studying.

Scholarships contribute to the cost of courses at the following levels:

Postgraduate qualification​ Amount
Graduate Certificate $3,000
Graduate Diploma $6,000
Masters Program $8,000

Mental health and drug and alcohol postgraduate scholarships are funded through a partnership between the Mental Health Branch and the Nursing and Midwifery Office.


Terms and conditions

You can only get one scholarship per program of study

For example:

Ms Jones gets a $6,000 scholarship in 2021 towards her Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing. She finishes the Graduate Diploma and in 2023 decides to “upgrade” to a Masters in Intensive Care Nursing. She can't apply for another scholarship because the first one was also for Intensive Care Nursing which is the same program of study.

You can only get one scholarship in a three-year timeframe

For example:

Ms Jones enrols in a Graduate Diploma in 2021 and plans to do the course over three years. If she got $6,000 for study in 2021, she can't apply for another scholarship until 2024.


You can't get these scholarships for:

  • research projects
  • courses studied outside Australia
  • Graduate Certificate course that are fully funded by the Nursing and Midwifery Office and managed by the Health Education and Training Institute

Can I apply?

All scholarship categories have specific criteria that can be found in the Scholarship Categories, Essay Requirements and Marking Criteria webpage. Please read this carefully.

You also have to meet the following criteria for all categories:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • be currently employed and working permanently full-time or part-time as a registered nurse or registered midwife within the NSW public health system
    Note: If you're a midwifery student, you must instead show proof of having concurrent employment in a recognised midwifery student position in a public maternity service
  • be enrolled in an Australian postgraduate course in 2021 that is accredited under the Higher Education Act (2001) of the relevant jurisdiction
  • do a program of study that leads to a qualification (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters) and isn't a research program
  • not have received a scholarship from the Nursing and Midwifery Office either in the last three years or for the same program of study
  • be willing to take part in an evaluation or telephone survery about the scholarship


You must submit the following two (2) documents with your application to the Health Education and Training Institute by 27 March 2021:

  • Official confirmation of your enrolment in an Australian postgraduate nursing or midwifery course in 2021. This document must include:
    • your name
    • the name of your course
    • the year of study
    • a list of the subjects enrolled in for 2021

We won't accept generic information about course subjects and we may ask for extra information (eg. a tax invoice of your course).

  • A letter from your employer. It must include:
    • health service letterhead from your employee services department or immediate manager
    • date and signature (within the last three months)
    • your name
    • the title of your position
    • your employment status (full-time or part-time)
    • how long you've been employed in this position

Supply of enrolment confirmation at a later stage

If 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. Enrolment confirmation must be provided by:

  • 27 March 2021 for the first semester/trimester
  • 1 September 2021 for semester/trimester 2 or trimester 3

Please email your enrolment confirmation to so that your application can be progressed. Generic information about course subjects will not be accepted.

Online application

Please read all the terms and conditions and frequently asked questions before doing your Online Application.

Online applications open on 23 November 2020 and close at midnight on 26 February 2021.

You can only apply online and you must fill in all parts of the application form. We won't accept late or incomplete applications.

We recommend that you write your essay in a Word document before you fill out the online application form. Save it to your hard drive and then attach it into the required field on the online application form.

Frequently asked questions

Visit the Frequently asked questions page for answers to common queries about these scholarships.

Further information

You can email the Senior Program Officer at for more information about this scholarship.

Current as at: Wednesday 24 February 2021
Contact page owner: Nursing and Midwifery