Department of Health

Undergraduate nursing and midwifery scholarships

Find out who is eligible for the undergraduate (entry-to-practice) nursing and midwifery scholarships and how to apply.

The Department of Health is offering scholarships to train and upskill the next generation of registered nurses and midwives. This includes scholarships for Victorian and border community residents to complete an undergraduate (entry-to-practice) nursing or midwifery qualification – such as a bachelor’s degree.

Approximately 10,000 scholarships are available across 2023 and 2024 for new domestic students to obtain their first qualification that leads to registration as a registered nurse or midwife. To be eligible you must enrol and attend an education provider located in Victoria (or a border community).

These scholarships aim to reduce financial disincentives associated with undertaking an undergraduate (entry-to-practice) nursing or midwifery degree, including the costs of clinical placements.

Note: The term ‘undergraduate (entry-to-practice)’ means undergraduate, graduate entry or professional entry degrees which lead to general registration as a registered nurse or a midwife. This may include double degrees, but excludes transition degrees (for example, courses that enable enrolled nurses to transition from ‘diploma to degree’ to become registered as a registered nurse).

Overview

Scholarships for eligible recipients include:

  1. Up to $9,000 towards course costs over a maximum of 3 years. This includes $3,000 per annum in line with a 3-year bachelor’s degree.
  2. An additional $7,500 if committed to employment at a Victorian public health service for at least 2 years. A minimum 0.8 EFT or equivalent pro rata is required.

The total maximum scholarship value is $16,500.

Eligible students must successfully apply and enrol in an eligible undergraduate (entry-to-practice) nursing or midwifery program of study. In addition, you must attend an education provider campus located in Victoria or a border community (see under 'More information for applicants') to receive scholarship funding.

To meet course application timelines for the relevant academic year, all eligible students who are interested in undertaking study in 2023 or 2024 are advised to follow the specified application process for their course. This may be through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) process or directly to an appropriate education provider.

Scholarships will be administered annually.

More detailed information about how scholarship payments will be made to eligible students will be available in 2023.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the undergraduate (entry-to-practice) scholarships in 2023 and 2024 you must be:

  • a domestic student. For the purposes of this scholarship, this is defined as:
    • an Australian citizen
    • a New Zealand citizen (or dual citizenship holders of either Australia or New Zealand)
    • an Australian permanent resident, or
    • an Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder.
  • enrolled in an approved program of study to obtain your first qualification that leads to general registration as a registered nurse or midwife. Information about approved education provider campuses and programs of study is available on the Nursing and Midwifery Board website.
  • a new student and commencing your first year in 2023 or 2024 (students who started their undergraduate (entry-to-practice) nursing and midwifery program of study before 2023 are not eligible)
  • a Victorian resident or resident of a border community (find at the bottom of this page) prior to, and during, completion of an approved nursing or midwifery program of study
  • attending the campus of an education provider (university or TAFE) located in Victoria (or border community such as Albury/Wodonga). Scholarships are only available for programs of study delivered on campus, online mode of study is not eligible. Where universities offer both online and have an approved campus in Victoria or a border community, students must be enrolled at the eligible campus to be eligible for a scholarship under this initiative.

Upon completion of the program of study, to remain eligible for the additional $7,500 scholarship payment, you must be:

  • employed in a Victorian public health service within 4 years from the commencement of study
  • committed to employment for at least 2 years at a minimum 0.8 EFT or equivalent pro rata.

Who isn’t eligible?

  • Students who started their registered nursing and midwifery qualifications before 2023 are not eligible. Scholarships are available for new enrolments in 2023 only.
  • Students who enrolled in 2022, and were due to commence in 2022, but deferred after August 2022, are not eligible.
  • Students who enrol into an undergraduate (entry to practice) nursing and midwifery program of study after March 2024 are not eligible.
  • Individuals that receive a scholarship to undertake an enrolled nurse to registered nurse transition program of study as part of the Making it free to study Nursing and Midwifery initiative are not eligible for undergraduate (entry to practice) scholarships.
  • Students that are enrolled in an online program of study are not eligible.
  • Students that are not Victorian residents and do not reside in Victoria (or a border community) during completion of their program of study.

How to apply

To receive a scholarship, students will be required to provide proof of enrolment and place of residence following the census date (the last date you can withdraw from a course) in Semester 1.

More detailed information about how scholarship payments will be made to eligible students will be available in 2023.

More information for applicants

If you receive a scholarship, you are responsible for enrolling in and successfully completing the program of study in line with course requirements.

You are responsible for organising associated payments to your chosen education provider by the due date (including up-front payments or deferral by HECS-HELP/FEE-HELP loan) and for any study costs incurred beyond the value of the scholarship.

If you do not complete the full year (for example, withdraw from the program following census date or do not complete the course requirements), you will not receive further funding.

If you do not return to study the following semester or year, you will not be eligible for any further funding.

If you do not work at the public health service for at least 2 years, may need to return the $7,500 scholarship awarded.

The department is not required to withhold tax (PAYG) from scholarships paid. You should be aware:

The department strongly recommends that recipients seek independent tax advice for their scholarship payment.

  • What if I'm doing a double degree?

    • If you're enrolled in a double degree or honours degree that includes nursing and midwifery you will be eligible if you meet all other eligibility criteria.
    • In line with the scholarship administration, $3,000 per annum is only available over the first 3 years of study, up to a maximum of $9,000.
    • You must obtain employment at a public health service in the year immediately following completion of your program of study to obtain the remaining $7,500 component of the scholarship.

    What if I'm completing a 2-year graduate-entry program of study (for example, Master of Nursing Science/Practice)?

    • If you're enrolled in a 2-year entry-to-practice program of study (for example, graduate-entry courses) that leads to your first general registration as a registered nurse or midwife, you are eligible for the undergraduate (entry-to-practice) scholarship. This includes the Master programs of study available via the University of Melbourne and Monash University.
    • In line with the scholarship administration, funding is available over the 2-year duration of the program of study, for example, you will receive a $6,000 scholarship for their program of study.
    • You remain eligible for the additional $7,500 payment if you are subsequently employed in a Victorian public health service for a minimum of 2 years (minimum 0.8 EFT or equivalent pro rata) within the 4 years from study commencement.

    What if I'm studying part-time?

    • If you choose to study part-time, you are eligible for the undergraduate (entry-to-practice) scholarships if you meet all other eligibility criteria.
    • In line with the scholarship administration, $3,000 per annum is available over the first 3 years of study up to a maximum of $9,000.
    • If you do not obtain employment in a Victorian public health service (at minimum 0.8 EFT or equivalent pro rata) within 4 years from study commencement, you will not be eligible for the final $7,500 payment.

    I need to repeat a subject and won’t complete within 3 years?

    • In line with the scholarship administration, $3,000 per annum is only available over the first 3 years of study up to a maximum of $9,000.
    • If you do not obtain employment in a Victorian public health service (at minimum 0.8 EFT or equivalent pro rata) within 4 years from study commencement, you will not be eligible for the final $7,500 payment.

    What if I'm unsuccessful in obtaining a job in a Victorian public health service after graduation?

    • You can retain the scholarship support received over the 3-years of study (to a maximum of $9,000).
    • If you do not obtain employment in a Victorian public health service (at minimum 0.8 EFT or equivalent pro rata) within 4 years from study commencement, you will not be eligible for the final $7,500 payment.
  • Border community regions align with those specified during the COVID-19 pandemic as follows.

    New South Wales

    • Balranald Shire
    • Bega Valley Shire
    • Berrigan Shire
    • City of Albury
    • City of Broken Hill
    • City of Wagga Wagga
    • Edward River Council
    • Federation Council
    • Greater Hume Shire
    • Hay Shire
    • Lockhart Shire
    • Murray River Council
    • Murrumbidgee Council
    • Snowy Monaro Regional Council
    • Snowy Valleys Council
    • Wentworth Shire

    Note: The Silver City Highway between the Broken Hill and Wentworth Local Government Areas is part of the NSW-Victoria border bubble.

    South Australia

    • Berri Barmera Council
    • City of Mount Gambier
    • District Council of Grant
    • District Council of Loxton Waikerie
    • District Council of Robe
    • Kingston District Council
    • Naracoorte Lucindale Council
    • Renmark Paringa Council
    • Southern Mallee District Council
    • Tatiara District Council
    • Wattle Range Council

Reviewed 08 January 2023

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