Scholarships and Cadetships

Indigenous Allied Health Australia encourages all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are interested in a career in allied health to investigate the support options available to them.

The links below provide you with the tools to find a scholarship or grant that best suits your needs.  It is important to explore available support options to move towards achieving a career in allied health.

If you have any trouble accessing scholarship information through the links below, please give us a call on (02) 6285 1010 or email us for assistance.

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Scholarships:

The Australian Chiropractors Association

The Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) National Study Grant Scheme (ACANSS) is available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who are studying a chiropractic course at an Australian University. Full-time study grant awardees will receive up to $10,000 per year and part-time recipients will receive up to $5,000 per year. The funding is paid in instalments throughout the study period of the year.

It is an ACA initiative designed to encourage and assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in chiropractic to complete their studies and join the health workforce. ACA has a strong relationship with Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), the national not-for-profit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation, who will be a key partner in the selection and support of the successful candidate.  

2019 Study Grant Round closes 31 October 2018

https://chiropractors.asn.au/publications-research/caa-research/study-grant-scheme

World Hospital Congress Scholarships 

World Hospital Congress Scholarships 

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), HESTA Australia and the Lowitja Institute are proud to announce that applications for the 42nd World Hospital Congress Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Career Health Professionals Scholarship are now open.

https://ahha.asn.au/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-early-career-health-professionals-scholarship

Now Closed 

Australian Rotary Health

Australian Rotary Health

The program is a cooperative program between Australian Rotary Health, Rotary clubs, some State or Territory Governments and the Commonwealth Government.

The value of each scholarship is $5,000 per year. A Rotary Club contributes $2,500 per year and the State or Commonwealth Government provides a similar amount. The Commonwealth Government also provides funding for the administration of the program within the Australian Rotary Health office.

https://australianrotaryhealth.org.au/programs/

APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 WILL OPEN 1st DECEMBER 2018

Roberta Sykes Foundation Scholarships 

Roberta Sykes Foundation Scholarships 

Roberta Sykes ScholarshipsThe Roberta Sykes Scholarships provide supplementary financial assistance to Indigenous postgraduate students who wish to undertake studies at overseas universities.
Learn more about the scholarshipRoberta Sykes Harvard Club ScholarshipsThe Roberta Sykes Harvard Club Scholarships provides funding to Indigenous postgraduate students who wish to undertake study at Harvard University.
Learn more about the scholarshipRoberta Sykes FellowshipThe Roberta Sykes Fellowship provides Indigenous postgraduate students enrolled at Australian universities with partial funding to undertake overseas research at recognised universities as part of their degree.
Learn more about the fellowship

Roberta Sykes Bursaries for short executive programs

The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation provides partial funding for Indigenous Australians to undertake short executive education courses at recognised overseas academic institutions.  
Learn more about the bursary

Roberta Sykes Chief Executive Women Scholarship

The Foundation is also now partnering with Chief Executive Women to offer two scholarships for women managers of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.  The scholarships are designed to support women at different stages of their careers by giving applicants the choice of three course at Harvard Kennedy School and INSEAD Singapore.
Learn more about the scholarship

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health

SARRAH Scholarships 

A range of scholarships and grants are available to support the professional development of rural and remote Allied Health Professionals and students.

https://www.sarrah.org.au/content/scholarships-and-grants

Undergraduate scholarships

SA Health Undergraduate scholarships

Scholarships are offered to full time students currently studying or about to commence an undergraduate degree at a university in a relevant discipline, and who have resided in rural South Australia prior to undertaking their tertiary education.

http://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/careers+at+sa+health/careers+in+country+south+australia/country+health+sa+lhn+undergraduate+scholarships

Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme

Available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who are studying a course in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health work, allied health, dentistry/oral health, medicine, midwifery or nursing.PHMSS is an Australian Government initiative designed to encourage and assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduate students in health-related disciplines to complete their studies and join the health workforce.

The scheme was established in recognition of Dr Arnold ‘Puggy’ Hunter’s significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and his role as Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

Updates for the PHMSS 2019 scholarship round will be posted on our website mid-semester two 2018.

For more information on the Scholarship Click Here

The Bernie Kilgariff Memorial Scholarship

The Bernie Kilgariff Memorial Scholarship

The Bernie Kilgariff Memorial Scholarship is available to assist an Alice Springs Year 12 school leaver with their tertiary studies in a medical or health-related field.

The scholarship provides a one-off payment of $3,000 in the first year of study.

for more information Click here

Australian Catholic University Scholarships - Various

Australian Catholic University (ACU) – is offering the below Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Only Scholarships (Not limited to Allied Health Only). Please follow the links for more information. 

Maev O’Collins Social Work Scholarship – Established in 2015 by Ellen Maev O’Collins for the purpose of assisting ACU’s Social work and Health Sciences students at the Canberra campus to overcome financial disadvantage. Value – One scholarship valued at $3,500, paid in one lump sum.

For more information on the Scholarship Click Here

Francis Xavier Conaci Scholarship – Established in 2016 by ACU Vice Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven, this scholarship is to honour Francis Xavier Conaci, a young Aboriginal man who joined the Benedictines and was sent to Rome for his education. This scholarship will assist an ACU student to attend the UNCC300 core curriculum unit at the ACU Rome Centre. Value – One scholarship valued at $3,000 is available each year, paid in one lump sum.

For more information on the Scholarship Click Here

Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship – The Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships (Indigenous-CAS) are intended to assist with accommodation costs. Value – The Indigenous-CAS is valued at $5,199 per year (indexed annually), paid as one installment each semester for up to 8 semesters.

For more information on the Scholarship Click Here

Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship – The Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (Indigenous-CECS) are intended to assist with education costs. Value –  The Indigenous-CECS is valued at $2,599 per year (indexed annually), paid as one instalment each semester for up to 8 semesters.

For more information on the Scholarship Click Here

Mary MacKillop Scholarship – Established by the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, Queensland, through Australian Catholic University, to commemorate and honour the work of their foundress Mary MacKillop. This scholarship recognises and rewards undergraduate ACU students who can demonstrate support and involvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Value – One scholarship valued at $2,500 is available each year, paid in one lump sum.

For more information on the Scholarship Click Here

Nano Nagle Scholarship – Established by the Presentation Sisters, Queensland Congregation, to commemorate and honour the work of their founder Nano Nagle. Members of the Order have become aware of the injustices perpetrated against the traditional owners of the land and therefore have begun to be involved in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation process and to appreciate, and learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spirituality, culture and history. The specific goal of these scholarships is to encourage the development of leadership skills of emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders through professional preparation during their studies. Value – One scholarship valued at $2,500 per annum is available each year, paid as one instalment each semester for the duration of the recipient’s course.

For more information on the Scholarship Click Here

Pratt Foundation Bursary – Established in 2004 by a grant from the Pratt Foundation which was established by the philanthropists Richard and Jeanne Pratt. Value – One bursary valued at $2,500 is available each year, paid in one lump sum.

For more information on the Scholarship Click Here

Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research

The Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research (GC-IRPRO) is a highly regarded one-week intensive program aimed at developing research skills from an Indigenous perspective. It is also a fully recognised award course of the University of Melbourne.

For more information on the Scholarships Click Here

Deeble Institute of Health Policy Research 6 Week Scholarship

The Deeble Institute of Health Policy Research is offering six-week scholarships for postgraduate tertiary students. The scholarship is based in Canberra and is designed to support talented students to produce an Issues Brief on important national health services or health policy topic. The purpose of the Summer Research Scholarship program is to provide post-graduate students with an opportunity to work in a knowledge exchange organisation so that they gain a better understanding of how to make academic research relevant to policymakers and practitioners. The program also provides an opportunity for scholars to experience what it is like to work in a peak national health body and to establish connections with policymakers and practitioners working in their field of research.

Why apply?

Successful applicants will receive:

  • an honorarium of $1,800 payable as a one-off amount at the conclusion of the six-week placement, subject to completion of expected outcomes
  • the opportunity to gain training and work experience in a health policy knowledge translation organisation
  • the opportunity to participate in the broader work of the AHHA and Deeble Institute, which may include meetings with senior policymakers, health services providers and academics, visits to government departments, and Policy Think Tanks
  • support from a mentor who will provide advice during the research project
  • a fully-equipped work-station within the AHHA office in Canberra.

For more information on this scholarship Click Here

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Program

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Program

In order for the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders communities to be adequately met by pharmacists, there is a need for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pharmacists to work in the industry. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme aims to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to undertake undergraduate or graduate studies in pharmacy at university.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme, applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent enrolled, or about to be enrolled, as a full-time student in a pharmacy undergraduate or graduate degree at an Australian university. Scholarships are available to students in any year of their undergraduate or graduate degree.

The student must also be a member of the student Rural Health Club or a member of their university’s affiliated Rural Health Club. Proof of membership is required prior to receiving scholarship payments.

Although not a mandatory requirement, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who currently live, or have lived, in a rural or remote community will be preferred for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme.

PAYMENTS

A total of 3 scholarships valued at $15,000 per annum for a maximum of four years are offered annually. Study at honours level beyond the length of an undergraduate course is not covered by the scholarship.

Funds are paid by the Guild in monthly instalments via direct Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

For more information about this scholarship, Click here 

CRANAplus and the Centre for Remote Health Scholarships

Gayle Woodford Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is jointly sponsored by CRANAplus and the Centre for Remote Health.

The scholarship covers all course fees for the Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice, offered through Flinders University.

One scholarship will be awarded annually, for study to commence the following year.

Tenure
The scholarship will continue for the duration of the Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice. The usual part time study period is 12 months, however recipients may be allowed up to 2 years to complete their course.

Inability to complete the study may incur a financial penalty

Eligibility Criteria
This scholarship is open to registered nurses, Indigenous health practitioners, allied health practitioners and medical officers.

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice::

hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution in a health related field.
the Nursing stream must have a minimum of one year post-registration experience and must be currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a Registered Nurse with no restrictions on practice.
the Medical stream must be either concurrently enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine at Flinders University or currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a Medical Practitioner.
The Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Working in remote practice is desirable.

*Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply

Applications open 1st February and Close 30th June annually.

For more information about this scholarship Click Here

Australian Hearing Scholarships

Australian Hearing Audiology Scholarships

Australian Hearing will be offering three Masters of Audiology scholarships annually to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university graduates at several Australian universities from 2018.

The scholarships have been established to invite Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university graduates to consider following a career pathway into Audiology.
 
Hearing health disorders are over-represented in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. While there are many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers who specialise in hearing health, there are currently few Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiologists.
 
The scholarships are offered at Macquarie University in NSW, the University of Queensland, and Flinders University in South Australia. Each scholarship is valued at $15,000 over the two-year period of study. This includes joining a remote Australian Hearing Outreach trip in year two, valued at $3,000.
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are accepted into the course at each of these Universities may then apply for a Scholarship. Successful applicants will be required to satisfy their university’s ongoing enrolment requirements.

For more information about these scholarships Click Here

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Scholarships Opening Soon: 

CRANAplus Undergraduate Remote Placement Scholarships

CRANAplus Undergraduate Remote Placement Scholarships

In addition to the professional connections, access to resources and support undergraduate students gain from CRANAplus membership, there is the possibility of being awarded an Undergraduate Remote Placement Scholarship. The scholarships offer financial assistance to support undergraduate students who are interested in working remotely, giving them the opportunity to experience a remote health setting first hand. This demonstrates the commitment of CRANAplus to the future remote health workforce.

About The Scholarships

Each year CRANAplus offers a number of scholarships. These scholarships provide financial assistance of up to $1000 per applicant, per remote placement. They can be applied to the cost of fares, accommodation and other incidental costs incurred by a student undertaking an undergraduate placement in a remote area of Australia and its external Territories.

Round One for placements from 1 January – 30 June each year- Applications open 1 Feb and close 31 May

Round Two for placements 1 July – 31 December. Applications open 1 July and Close 30 October.

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Indigenous Scholarships Website

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Click here to find a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Scholarships range in value from a $500 one-off payment to $100,000, paid over the duration of a student’s course.

This website is a not-for-profit venture run by The Aurora Project and The Charlie Perkins Trust for Children & Student, more information can be found at www.auroraproject.com.au.

Indigenous Allied Health Australia encourages all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are interested in a career in allied health to investigate the support options available to them.

The Australian Government has the Indigenous Cadetship Support Program available to people interested in a career, not only in allied health, but within a government setting.

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