Department of Health

Full Course Fee Postgraduate Mental Health Nurse Scholarship Program

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

Mental health nurses
Open, closing in 112 days
Note: Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis up until the end of January 2024 or until the full allocation is reached. Applicants are thus encouraged to apply early to avoid disappointment.

In partnership with Victoria's Chief Mental Health Nurse, the Department of Health is providing postgraduate scholarships to mental health nurses employed (or commencing employment) in Victorian public mental health services who are commencing an eligible course in Semester 1, 2024.

The scholarship covers the full cost of course fees of one of a:

  • Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
  • Master of Mental Health Nursing or
  • Master in Advanced Nursing Practice (Mental Health Nursing).

Purpose and scope

The department is implementing all recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, including recommendation 7 of the interim report, which required 140 postgraduate nursing scholarships to be awarded annually.

This initiative aims to:

  • incentivise and support nurses to undertake specialist mental health qualifications
  • help build Victoria's mental health nurses' skills, knowledge, and capabilities to deliver high quality, evidence-based and consumer-centred care.

Scholarships are paid directly to individual recipients, not their employers, the education provider or the Australian Taxation Office.

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

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

    03 October

  2. Substantive questions close

    13 October

  3. Information session

    17 October

  4. Information session

    31 October

  5. Information session

    14 November

  6. Applications close

    Late January 2024


Reviewed 14 September 2023

For information on these scholarships

Australian College of Nursing