Scholarships for School Leaders

The Scholarship for School Leaders program supports our principals, Directors Educational Leadership (DELs) and SL-APLP Alumni to undertake postgraduate or higher degree study, to lead improvement in student learning.

Principals, DELs, and alumni of the SLI’s Senior Leadership-Aspiring Principals Leadership Program (SL-APLP) are eligible to apply. The scholarships are of up to $15,000 in value and are provided to allow participants to complete postgraduate or higher degree study at a recognised Australian university.

Participants receive a maximum of $15,000 to cover the cost of unit fees and/or ancillary course costs.

Applications are now closed. More information on the next round of applications will be published when available.


To be eligible for a scholarship you must:

  • be a substantive principal or DEL in the NSW Department of Education; or
  • have been a participant in Cohorts 1, 2 or 3 of the SL-APLP and have successfully completed all the required coursework.

You must also be currently enrolled in a Postgraduate or Higher Degree in Education in 2021, or be intending to enrol in Semester 2 2021 or Semester 1 2022.

Successful applicants will need to enter into a Scholarship Deed with the department, and to continue their employment throughout their studies.

Participant feedback

“I was fortunate to receive a scholarship at the beginning of 2020. I am now deep in the qualitative analysis section of my research. I used this very skill when I wanted to make sense of feedback from a staff meeting.”

Ruth Winfield, Principal, Vincentia High School

“I am on track for my March 2024 graduation goal and know that it has already improved my leadership skills, mentoring abilities, and the ways I now utilise current research in my school decisions and future school planning.”

Lauren Hankinson, Principal, Durrumbul Public School

“The opportunity for further study has allowed me to connect with world-class scholars, researchers, and practitioners. Being a current practicing school leader, I am bringing my research knowledge, practice, and understanding to my own school context which is informing and influencing other school leaders and aspiring school leaders about the place research has in contemporary school leadership.”

Denise Lofts, Principal, Ulladulla High School

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