FAQs

Below are the frequently asked questions relating to the newly offered Scholarships for School Leaders - Postgraduate Study for Principals.

Why does the NSW School Leadership Institute offer this scholarship?

Highly effective leaders create the conditions that enable sustained improvement in student outcomes to be achieved. Educational research indicates that excellence in teaching is the single most powerful in-school influence on student achievement. The second most powerful in-school influence on student achievement is school leadership.

We know from other high performing systems throughout the world that investment in school leadership will make a difference in the quality of teaching and therefore the quality of student learning. Our School Leadership Strategy recognises the importance of investing in school principals’ ongoing learning.

Following the successful offering of part scholarships to principals to complete the Masters of Instructional Leadership, the NSW School Leadership Institute will expand our scholarship offerings through the Postgraduate Study for Principals.

Am I eligible to apply for this scholarship?

You are eligible to apply for the Postgraduate Study for Principals scholarship if you meet all of the following criteria.

  1. You are substantively employed as a principal within the NSW Department of Education.
  2. You intend to enrol into, or continue Postgraduate or Higher Degree (Doctoral) study in 2020.
  3. You are willing to enter into a Deed of Agreement with the Department.

Who decides?

A panel, convened by the School Leadership Institute will decide on the merit of each application. Any appeals will be managed by the Director, School Leadership Institute.

What is a Deed of Agreement?

To accept this scholarship offering you will be required to sign a Deed of Agreement with the NSW Department of Education. The Deed of Agreement contains all of the terms and conditions associated with your acceptance of this scholarship.

The Deed of Agreement is managed by the NSW School Leadership Institute.

Which courses can I study?

You can chose to study a Postgraduate or Higher Degree in Education from any recognised Australian University.

When can I enrol into my course of study?

You can apply to enrol into Semester 1 or Semester 2 of 2020.

What is the level of financial support available?

Each recipient will receive a maximum of $15,000 to cover subject fees.

What if my subject fees exceed $15,000?

Each recipient will receive a maximum of $15,000 to cover subject fees. Any extra costs will be paid by the recipient from their own funds.

How do I receive the funds for payment of subject fees?

A scholarship recipient will not personally receive funds for payment.

At the time of enrolment the recipient will request an invoice for payment from the university for the subjects that they wish to enrol into.

The participant will be required to forward this invoice to the NSW School Leadership Institute for payment of the cost of the subject fees for the coming semester. The university nominated by the scholarship recipient will be paid directly by the NSW School Leadership Institute.

If I am studying a Doctorate and there are no subject fees, how can this scholarship assist me in my studies?

Scholarship recipients who are intending to study a higher degree (doctorate) will receive financial support of $15,000.

Funds will be transferred to the account of the recipient’s school and can be used for casual relief, textbooks and resources associated with recipient’s study. Allocated funds cannot be used for travel, accommodation or the purchase of equipment such as laptops.

Can I use school funds to supplement other costs relating to my studies?

No.

What happens if I withdraw from or fail a subject in my postgraduate study?

If you fail or withdraw from a subject after payment has been made to the university of your choice, you will repay the NSW Department of Education the total subject fee cost.

These matters are covered in the Deed of Agreement signed by the scholarship recipient.

Where can I find further information?

For further information regarding the Postgraduate Study for Principals scholarship contact the NSW School Leadership Institute slicorrespondence@det.nsw.edu.au.

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