In order to apply for a NSW Premier's Teacher Scholarship, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be permanently (full-time or part-time) employed in a NSW school, early childhood centre or TAFE NSW campus (unless otherwise stated in the scholarship)
  • have a minimum of two years of teaching experience
  • be qualified to teach or have particular experience in the category applicable to the scholarship

Eligibility criteria may vary between scholarships. For further information about eligibility, please refer to the scholarship terms and conditions.

Applications can be submitted by clicking the 'Apply Now' button on any individual scholarship page. Applicants will have the option to save the application as a draft and return to make changes before submitting. As part of your application, you will need to attach the Endorsement of Application form and your Resume/Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum in PDF format).

Applications will close at 11:59pm on Friday 26 August. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Applications will close at 11:59pm on Friday 26 August. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

No. Applications will close at 11:59pm on Friday 26 August. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

You will be required upload the following as part of your online application ( in PDF format):

  • Endorsement of Application form - This form must be completed by your Principal or Manager. Your scholarship application will not be considered if this form is not submitted.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume (maximum of 2 pages) - Members of the selection panel often refer to these for additional information, for example, qualifications and experiences that might not be evident in the scholarship application.

The research topic that you select must align with the scholarship focus and be an area of current or future demand, in addition to holding personal interest for the applicant. Keep in mind that selection panel will look for proposals that aim to provide maximum impact to students.

If you are applying for more than one scholarship, it is important to ensure that your application is unique for each application.

To read the terms and conditions of the scholarship agreement, please click here.

Selection process

Applications will be considered by a subject matter expert based in a government or non-government school, TAFE campus, preschool, professional association or a sponsor organisation. The expert will shortlist the applications that most closely align with the criteria of the scholarship and objectives of the program. The shortlisted applications will be forwarded to the selection panel for review.

The selection panel is made up of a minimum of five representatives from government and non-government schools, TAFE campuses and preschools according to the scholarship subject. Each panel includes a sponsor representative and a subject matter expert, some panels may include a past recipient. The selection panel then advises the Premier of the successful applicant and a reserve (if appropriate).

Yes. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application.

Successful applicants will be invited to a formal announcement event hosted by the Premier in Term 3, 2022.

If you would like feedback on your application, contact School Workforce via premierscholarships@det.nsw.edu.au.

Study tour

After accepting the scholarship, recipients are required to submit a study tour plan and budget. To create this detailed itinerary, scholars are encouraged to seek support from the selection panel subject matter expert and review past recipient reports.

Detailed study tour plans include the following:

  • Activity - what the scholar will be doing / who they will meet
  • Location - city and country
  • Benefit - why are you doing this, how it will contribute to your research topic?
  • Duration of stay for that activity/at that location
  • Approximate expenditure for that activity/at that location

The School Workforce team will be available to support scholars in this process an will provide a study tour template to successful applicants.

2023 study tours must be no more than five weeks duration, a portion of which may be utilised for dissemination activities. Recipients will travel between January and June 2023. Travel outside this time-frame will be considered on a case by case basis.

The study tour can be undertaken within Australia or virtually overseas.

Post-study tour activities

Scholarship recipients are required to complete a post-study tour report. The report is a valuable tool for disseminating learnings from the study tour and is a public document.

Reports are to be emailed as a Word file to premierscholarships@det.nsw.edu.au within ninety days of the completion of the study tour.

Reports are edited before being made publicly available. Participants may be asked to revise or re-write sections of the report before it is finalised.

Participants will have the opportunity to share their scholarship experience with their sponsor via an informal presentation of approximately 30-45 minutes. This presentation is not published.

The study tour report is a great starting point to further share the findings from research. Partcipants are encouraged to continue to share their experiences and resources outside of funded scholarship arrangements, as outlined in their study tour plans.

Participants may find that as they share their research, additional dissemination opportunities arise which may expand the course of their original dissemination plans.

Scholarship funds

Scholars will receive up to $15,000 to be used in completing a study tour within Australia or virtually overseas.

Scholarship funds are paid in a single payment to the recipient. Recipients must track expenses associated with their study tour and submit an expenditure report upon their return. Detailed information about how to record expenditure will be provided to the recipient.

Any funds not used during the study tour (or for approved dissemination activities) must be returned.

As outlined in the Scholarship Terms and Conditions, appropriate expenditure of scholarship funds includes:

  • Economy airfares
  • 3 to 4 star single accommodation
  • Transport and travel insurance
  • Visa or travel permits, vaccinations/medications required to enter study tour location/s
  • Cultural experiences such as tickets to museums, theatres and galleries relating to study tour
  • Costs associated with meetings, school or university visits, learning or research activities
  • Learning resources or samples related to the research topic area
  • Gifts for hosts and mentors (under $50AUD)
  • Meals and snacks

As outlined in the Scholarship Terms and Conditions, appropriate expenditure of scholarship funds does not include:

  • Business or first-class airfares and/or excess luggage
  • Five-star accommodation (unless it is the only accommodation available)
  • Laundry expenses
  • Passports
  • Unrelated cultural experiences or entertainment (for example, theatre tickets if your study tour relates to mathematics)
  • Technology or equipment (for example, computers, cameras, phones, iPads)
  • Costs associated with your mobile phone
  • Personal grooming (haircuts, makeup etc.), clothing, footwear, pharmaceuticals or toiletries
  • Souvenirs and/or gifts for friends or family members
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Meals for more than one person
  • Any costs associated with a friend or family member/s travelling with you (including extra cost for a double room, living and food expenses)
  • Repair of personal items
  • Relief costs while undertaking the scholarship

Contact us

If you have not found answers to your questions in the above FAQs, contact the program team via premierscholarships@det.nsw.edu.au or phone (02) 7814 3820.

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