Department of Health

$3000 Postgraduate Mental Health Nurse Scholarship Program

Apply now for scholarships to support postgraduate study in mental health nursing. This round of scholarships will be offered for Semester 1, 2024.

Mental health nurses
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The Department of Health funds 117 postgraduate mental health nursing scholarships per year. Each scholarship is up to $3,000.

Purpose and scope

Postgraduate mental health nurse scholarships provide financial assistance to nurses employed (or commencing employment) within Victorian area mental health and wellbeing services and statewide mental health services.

The objective of this initiative is to support continued learning and development pathways to help build the workforce’s skills, knowledge, and capabilities to deliver high quality, evidence-based and consumer-centred care.

Scholarship funds contribute towards the cost of undertaking postgraduate studies including:

  • tuition fees, student contributions
  • study loans (including HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP)
  • books and equipment
  • travel required to attend lectures and clinical placements
  • childcare
  • other related study costs.

The scholarships are paid directly to individual recipients, not their employers or the Australian Taxation Office.

To promote a diverse workforce as envisioned by the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System and Victoria’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy 2021-2024, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQA+, workers with disabilities and culturally diverse workers in the mental health sector are strongly encouraged to apply. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants will be given additional weighting in the application process.

Find out more about the other mental health nurse scholarships and grants included in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Scholarship Program.

  1. Information session

    25 September

  2. Closing date for substantive questions

    05 to 06 October

  3. Information session

    09 October

  4. Applications close (please note this date may be extended)

    12 to 13 October


Reviewed 18 September 2023