Scholarship application tips and tricks

Each year, the department welcomes current and future teachers to apply for a range of scholarships, programs and sponsored retraining opportunities.

Current teachers can explore opportunities listed on the enhance your career section of the Education website. Future teachers can get paid to study and apply for scholarships whether they are HSC students, university students or career changers.

Kick-start your application today by following these handy tips and tricks:

  1. Review the frequently asked questions and eligibility criteria found on each scholarship page. This will provide you with a stronger understanding of the scholarship terms and conditions and the types of applicants we are looking for.

  2. Prepare and submit the required documentation as outlined on the scholarship application page. Where required, allow additional time to have your documents certified by a Justice of the Peace (JP).

  3. Arrange a suitable time for your referees to read your supporting statement and/or scholarship application documents. This will allow them to provide feedback and give you the chance to make adjustments where necessary.

  4. Contact the relevant team if you are unsure. Future teachers can contact the Scholarships team via email at or phone 1300 301 435. Current teachers can contact the Employment Programs team via email at or phone 1300 300 634.

  5. Start your application today. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Applications for the following scholarships are now open to future teachers:

  • The Graduate Teacher Scholarship supports final-year teacher education students studying to become teachers of high-demand subject areas.
    Applications close 11:59pm (AEST), 14 July 2023.

Applications for the following scholarships and programs are now open to current teachers:

  • The School Counsellor Sponsorship Programs provide financial support to eligible teachers to study to become a school counsellor in a NSW public school.
    Applications close 11:59pm (AEST), 14 July 2023.
  • The Rural Experience Program provides teachers with the opportunity to take part in a short-term paid placement in a rural or remote NSW public school.
    Applications close 11:59pm (AEST), 21 July 2023.
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