Applications for 2024 postgraduate scholarships are now closed

About the scholarships

The Nursing and Midwifery Office supports nursing and midwifery scholarships which are administered by the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI). 

Scholarships of up to $10,000 are offered to registered nurses and midwives who are studying a postgraduate course. The amount awarded varies and depends on study type and whether the program is already subsidised.

The scholarships help with educational expenses directly associated with postgraduate study. They are open to those working permanently in full- or part-time positions in the NSW public health system. Casual employees of NSW Health may be eligible. See eligibility criteria for more information.

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 2024 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 Certificateup to $6,000
Graduate Diplomaup to $8,000
Masters Programup to $10,000

Terms and conditions

You can only get one scholarship per program of study

For example:

Ms Jones is awarded a $8,000 scholarship in 2024 towards her Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing. She finishes the Graduate Diploma and in 2026 decides to upgrade to a Masters in Intensive Care Nursing. Ms Jones 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 2024 and plans to do the course over three years. If she is awarded $8,000 for study in 2024, she can't apply for another scholarship until 2027.


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.


To apply you must be:

  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
  • currently employed and working permanently full-time or part-time as a registered nurse or registered midwife within the NSW public health system. You may also be a casual employee - defined as working in NSW Health for at least 12 months, working on average 2 days per week.
    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.
  • enrolled in an Australian postgraduate course in 2024 that is accredited under the Higher Education Act 2001 of the relevant jurisdiction.
  • completing a program of study that leads to a qualification (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters) and isn't a research program.
  • willing to take part in an evaluation or telephone survey about the scholarship.


  • not have received a scholarship from the Nursing and Midwifery Office either in the last three years or for the same program of study.

Scholarships are offered under the following categories, and each have their own essay requirements and essay criteria:

How to apply

Applications open 20 November 2023 and close at midnight 23 February 2024.

The application consists of:

  • Complete personal details and response to selection criteria
  • Response 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 has been received, you will receive a confirmation email.


Included in the online application is an essay.

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. When composing your essay, cite sources in-text and include a reference list. Please do not copy and paste directly from other sources.

Supporting documents 

You must submit the following two (2) documents with your application to the Health Education and Training Institute (supported by the Nursing and Midwifery Office) for your application to be considered:

1. A letter on health service letterhead from your employee services department or immediate manager must be attached to your application. The letter must include your:
  • name
  • position title
  • employment status (full-time or part-time)
  • length of time employed in this position

And must be,

  • signed and dated by HR or your Manager within the last 3 months

2. Official confirmation of your enrolment

You must upload an official confirmation of your enrolment in an Australian postgraduate nursing or midwifery course in 2024. This document must include your:

  • name
  • program of study name
  • 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 stating your intention to enrol and forward your enrolment confirmation when received to .

Enrolment confirmation (post receipt of your application) must be provided by:

  • 24 March 2024 for the first semester/trimester
  • 1 September 2024 for semester 2, or trimester 2 or 3.

Generic information about course subjects will not be accepted, and we may ask for extra information (for example a tax invoice of your course).

Scholarship timeframes​

​Scholarship actions​ Date                                                             
​Postgraduate scholarships open​20 November 2023
​Scholarships close23 February 2024​
​Applications reviewedMarch/April 2024​
​Enrolment documents (Semester/Trimester 1) due​24 March 2024
​Enrolment documents (Semester/Trimester 2 and 3) due​1 September 2024
​Notification of outcomes to applicants​31 May 2024
​Acceptance of scholarship by applicant​Within 7 days
​Payment transferred​By 30 June 2024​

Further information

For more information about these scholarships, go to Frequently asked questions, or email the Senior Program Officer at

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