Frequently asked questions for the Teach and Learn Scholarship (High Demand Subject Areas).


The Teach and Learn Scholarship is open to approved teachers in NSW government and non-government schools, who hold a current full-time teaching approval with the NSW Department of Education. You will need to check the eligibility criteria to find out if you meet the requirements to apply.

Applications for the Teach and Learn Scholarship must be submitted through the online application form through IworkforNSW. During the application period an ‘Apply now’ button will be available on the Teach and Learn Scholarship webpage. Outside the application period, you are encouraged to subscribe to be notified when applications open.

The online application form will only be available until 11:59pm on Friday, 27 August 2021. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

You will be required to complete and submit the documents listed below as part of your application:

  • a current principal’s supporting statement on the template provided
  • a referee’s supporting statement on the template provided
  • an official statement of service for any teaching experience in a non-government school stating commencement date, completion date, number of teaching days completed and leave without pay details
  • an application for enrolment or evidence of successful enrolment in non-award studies or a postgraduate program
  • photo identity card issued by the Australian Government or a state or territory government (this may take the form of a Working with Children or Vulnerable People card or a government issued occupational licence) to verify your identity
  • official evidence verifying satisfactory completion of your undergraduate degree (or other tertiary qualification)
  • official transcripts of results for your undergraduate degree for each year of study (B.A., B.Sc., B.Ed., etc).

Please note: A transcript is an official document outlining subjects and results obtained for each year of study.

It is a requirement that your current principal or their delegate complete the principal’s supporting statement. If the supporting statement is completed by a delegate, the form must be co-signed by the principal.

A selection panel will consider all applications shortly after the closing date. Scholarship applicants who are shortlisted will be required to undertake an online interview to identify their capabilities, key knowledge areas and personal attributes to determine their suitability.

Yes. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified of the outcome via email once the selection process is completed.

If you would like feedback on your application, contact the Employment Programs Team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au.

Successful applicants are required to sign a Scholarship Agreement with the department, committing them to:

  • successfully acquiring additional competencies in a high-demand subject area
  • accepting appointment as a permanent full-time teacher in a NSW public school on completion of the required studies
  • remaining in the permanent full-time teaching position they are appointed to on completion of their studies for a minimum period of three years.


For advice on further studies required, please view the subject requirements page.

The Teach and Learn Scholarship can support teachers for a maximum of 2 years.

While engaged in a full-time temporary or permanent capacity, you can apply for up to 8 days of paid study leave per year (pro-rata basis for part-time employees). The study leave day(s) must be approved by your principal. Your principal can request for relief funds to be reimbursed to the school if a casual teacher was employed to replace you for the day(s).

An application form for study leave and relief funds will be provided to you if you are offered a scholarship.

Scholarship payments

The financial benefit under the Teach and Learn Scholarship is capped at $20,000 per year of full-time study. The $20,000 is based on a study load of 8 subjects ($2,500 per subject).

You will receive the first scholarship payment once your scholarship is finalised and evidence of your enrolment into postgraduate studies has been received.

To receive further payments, you will be required to provide the Employment Programs Team with your academic transcript, showing the previous semester’s results along with evidence of enrolment for the next semester or year of study.

Scholars are paid in the form of an electronic funds transfer (EFT) directly into their nominated bank account during the department’s fortnightly pay cycle.

Scholars who are permanent or temporary teachers will receive an allowance of $500 per week (maximum of $5,000) while completing a practicum. Temporary teachers must be engaged in temporary employment at the time they are required to complete their practicum to be eligible. Practicum allowance is only payable while you are on unpaid leave from your permanent or temporary engagement.

Scholarship payments will be paid directly to scholars in the regular pay cycle and taxed accordingly.

Any money paid to you by the department must be declared as assessable income on annual income tax returns. You will have tax withheld from your scholarship payments. HECS-HELP repayments may also be withheld.

Appointment as a teacher

As part of the application process, you will be asked to select either 'Anywhere in the State' or individual school education areas where you would like to be appointed on completion of your studies.

If you select to be appointed 'Anywhere in the State', you are agreeing to be appointed to a school in one of the following school education areas: Albury, Armidale, Bankstown, Batemans Bay, Bathurst, Blacktown, Bondi, Bourke, Broken Hill, Campbelltown, Central Coast, Clarence/Coffs Harbour, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Fairfield, Granville, Griffith, Hornsby, Lake Macquarie, Lismore, Liverpool, Maitland, Moree, Mount Druitt, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Northern Beaches, Orange, Parramatta, Penrith, Port Jackson, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan, Ryde, Shellharbour, St George, Sutherland, Tamworth, Taree, Tweed Heads/Ballina, Wagga Wagga, Windsor or Wollongong.

You will be required to select a minimum of three areas from the list of non-coastal rural priority areas or Sydney metropolitan priority areas.

The high-demand metropolitan locations include: Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Granville, Liverpool, Mount Druitt and Windsor. The high-demand rural locations include Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Bourke, Broken Hill, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Griffith, Maitland, Moree, Muswellbrook, Orange, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga.

If you are successful in gaining a scholarship, the areas you select will be stipulated in the Teach and Learn Scholarship Agreement.

NSW public schools are grouped into ten geographic locations called regions. Each region has a number of 'areas' for the purpose of staffing schools. Applicants are encouraged to download and view the organisation of public schools by staffing area resource. As a scholarship holder, you are considered an employment applicant and therefore when selecting areas as part of your scholarship application, schools to which you are considered for appointment will align with the “areas” for the purposes of staffing schools. 

On successful completion of the required post-graduate studies, Teach and Learn scholars are appointed to a full-time permanent teaching position in a NSW public school in the teaching subject and location stipulated in the Scholarship Agreement. A scholar may initially be appointed in a NSW public school temporarily as 'above establishment' until a suitable substantive vacancy arises.

Yes. On completion of their teacher education studies and appointment to a permanent position, scholars may be eligible for a wide range of benefits and incentives. The benefits vary from school to school. Use the Teach NSW benefits calculator to find out about the benefits and incentives that are available to teachers at individual schools.

Contact us

If you have not found answers to your questions in the above FAQs, contact the Employment Programs Team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 1300 300 634.

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