Applications open on 21 November 2022 and close at midnight on 24 February 2023.

Please note scholarship amount increases in below table. Current applicants are not required to provide any additional information to receive the updated scholarship amount.  

About the scholarships

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 $10000 to registered nurses and midwives who are doing postgraduate study.

The scholarships help with educational expenses directly associated with postgraduate study. They 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 – Postgraduate study leading to registration as a midwife.

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

Nursing and Midwifery postgraduate scholarships offered in 2023 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$6000
Graduate Diploma$8000
Masters Program$10000

Terms and conditions

You can only get one scholarship per program of study

For example:

Ms Jones is awarded a $8000 scholarship in 2023 towards her Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing. She finishes the Graduate Diploma and in 2025 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 2023 and plans to do the course over three years. If she is awarded $8000 for study in 2023, she can't apply for another scholarship until 2026.


Scholarships are not awarded for:

  • research projects
  • courses studied outside Australia
  • Graduate Certificate courses that are fully funded by the Nursing and Midwifery Office and managed by the Health Education and Training Institute
  • HETI Higher Education Mental Health scholarships including:

    • Child and Youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS) scholarships

    • Older People's Mental Health (OPMH) scholarships

    • Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care and Practice (8ALF008) scholarships.

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 must also meet the following criteria for all categories. You must:

  • 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 2023 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 survey about the scholarship.


You must submit the following two (2) documents with your application to the Health Education and Training Institute by 24 March 2023.

1. Official confirmation of your enrolment in an Australian postgraduate nursing or midwifery course in 2023. This document must include:

  • your name
  • the name of your course
  • the year of study
  • a list of the subjects enrolled in for 2023.

Note: We won't accept generic information about course subjects and we may ask for extra information (for example, a tax invoice of your course)

2. A letter on health service letterhead from your employee services department or immediate manager. The letter must include:

  • a date and signature (within the last 3 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 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. Enrolment confirmation must be provided by:

  • 24 March 2023 for the first semester/trimester
  • 1 September 2023 for semester or trimester 2, or trimester 3.

For your application to be progressed please email it to Information about course subjects will not be accepted.

Online application

Online applications open on 21 November 2022 and close at midnight on 24 February 2023.

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

You'll be required to submit an essay as part of your application. We recommend that you write the essay in a Word document before you start your online application form. Save it to your hard drive and then attach it into the required field on the online application form.

Further information

Visit the Frequently asked questions page for more information about these scholarships.

Or email the Senior Program Officer at for more information.

Current as at: Friday 31 March 2023
Contact page owner: Nursing and Midwifery