The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme is designed to encourage and assist undergraduate students in health-related disciplines to complete their studies and join the health workforce. The scheme provides scholarships for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people studying an entry level health course.
Applications for the 2018 round of scholarships will open Friday 19 January 2018 and will close Sunday 18 February 2018. The link to the online application will be available on this webpage once the scheme opens.
Eligible health areas
- Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health work
- Allied health (excluding pharmacy)
- Dentistry/oral health (excluding dental assistants)
- Direct entry midwifery
- Nursing; registered and enrolled
Applications will be considered from applicants who are:
- of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
Applicants must identify as and be able to confirm their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status.
- enrolled or intending to enrol in an entry level or graduate entry level health related course.
Courses must be provided by an Australian registered training organisation or university. Funding is not available for postgraduate study.
- intending to study in the academic year that the scholarship is offered.
A significant number of applications are received each year; meeting the eligibility criteria will not guarantee applicants a scholarship offer.
Value of scholarship
Funding is provided for the normal duration of the course. Full time scholarship awardees will receive up to $15,000 per year and part time recipients will receive up to $7,500 per year. The funding is paid in 24 fortnightly instalments throughout the study period of each year.
These are competitive scholarships and will be awarded on the recommendation of the independent selection committee whose assessment will be based on how applicants address the following questions:
- Describe what has been your driving influence/motivation in wanting to become a health professional in your chosen area.
- Discuss what you hope to accomplish as a health professional in the next 5-10 years.
- Discuss your commitment to study in your chosen course.
- Outline your involvement in community activities, including promoting the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The scholarships are funded by the Australian Government, Department of Health and administered by the Australian College of Nursing. The scheme was established in recognition of Dr Arnold ‘Puggy’ Hunter's significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and his role as Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.
- Confirmation of Aboriginality form
- Information on how these scholarship payments may affect Centrelink payments
- Taxation implications of receiving a scholarship
- Indigenous cadetships
Links to Indigenous health professional associations
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association
- Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association of Australia
- Indigenous Allied Health Australia
- Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives
- The Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association
t 1800 688 628