Postgraduate Study for School Principals

The Scholarships for School Leaders - Postgraduate Study for Principals will support our Principals to engage in further study to lead improvement in student learning in NSW public schools.

Scholarship Details

This scholarship is for substantive principals who are continuing with or commencing postgraduate studies in Education in Semester 1 or 2, 2020.

Support will be provided in one of two ways depending on the course of study:

  1. Scholarship holders who are continuing with or commencing a Masters degree will be supported with up to $15, 000 for subject fees only. Funds are paid directly to the university selected by the scholarship holder.
  2. Scholarship holders who are continuing with or commencing a higher degree (Doctorate) that does not incur subject fees will be supported with $15,000 for casual relief, textbooks and resources associated with the course of study. Scholarship funds cannot be used for travel, accommodation or the purchase of equipment such as laptops. Funds are transferred to the scholarship holder’s school accounts.

Successful scholarship applicants will be contacted in January 2020. Prior to receiving the Postgraduate Study for Principals scholarship, successful scholarship applicants must enter a Deed of Agreement with the NSW Department of Education.

How to Apply

Applications can be made by submitting a completed application form   (PDF 1120.01KB) to

Scholarship applicants must have the support of their supervisor/Director, Educational Leadership.

Applications must be submitted prior COB Monday 16 December, 2019.

The Selection Process

All applicants are assessed by a panel of experienced current and retired principals under the direction of the Director, School Leadership Institute.

The Director, School Leadership Institute is not a panel member. Any appeals to decisions made by the panel should be directed to the Director.

Principal Role Description and Companion Resource

The companion resource is offered as a support for principals to achieve key accountabilities by highlighting what these look like in practice. Practices and documents listed are examples and serve only as a guide. The ‘Where to learn more’ suggestions are intended to provide support for professional growth.

To access the companion resource and the Principal Role Description, please click on the links below.



More Information

Review our frequently asked questions page for more information on how to apply or email the School Leadership Institute at

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