Need support to follow your passion?

If you are looking for financial assistance to help you pursue your health care education goals you have come to the right place!

ACN is dedicated to helping you be the best you can be by providing access to scholarships, grants and awards.

We are proud to administer a range of Australian Government Department of Health scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate aged care, nursing and midwifery courses as well as scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying entry-level health courses. Scroll down to find out more!

We also offer grants and awards to support nurses to complete continuing professional development as well as postgraduate study and research. You can read more about these exciting opportunities at the bottom of this page.

Be sure to register your interest to be notified when upcoming scholarship opportunities become available.

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Applications open

ACN Study Tour Scholarship – Africa Nursing Tour

Applications close 11:59pm AEST, Monday 18 July 2022

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Lucas’ Papaw Scholarship – Wound Management

Applications close 11:59pm AEST, Monday 18 July 2022

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Victorian Postgraduate Mental Health Nurse Scholarships ($3000)

Applications close 11.59pm AEST, Thursday 28 July 2022

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Allied Health Professional Placement Scholarship

Applications ongoing

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Lucas' Papaw Scholarship - Wound Management

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) in collaboration with Lucas’ Papaw Remedies is delighted to offer four scholarships for Enrolled and Registered nurses to complete an ACN Graduate Certificate single unit of study in Wound Management, for the October 2022 intake.

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Victorian Government Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Scholarship Program

The Victorian Government’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Scholarship program offers development opportunities for Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Practitioners and Lived and Living Experience Workers (LLEWs).

The program supports continued learning and development pathways to help build workforce skills, knowledge and capabilities and is a key priority of Victoria’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy 2021-24. The Australian College of Nursing is administering all the scholarships and grants on the Department’s behalf.

Applications are closed, applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by late June 2022.

Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and AOD Practitioners

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Victorian Government Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Scholarship Program

Mental Health Nursing, Allied Health and Psychology Scholarships

The Mental Health Nursing, Allied Health and Psychology Scholarships Program was announced in a media release on Monday, 11 October 2021 as part of the Morrison Government’s record $2.3 billion investment in mental health and suicide prevention in the 2021–22 Budget to attract, train and retain key mental health professionals and to address workforce pressures.

This program will provide up to 126 postgraduate nursing scholarships for courses related to both mental health and suicide prevention. The program will also support up to 152 allied health practitioners including psychologists working in mental health and suicide prevention, to undertake related tertiary, vocational, continuing professional development courses and clinical placements.

Aged Care Nursing and Allied Health Scholarships

The 2021-22 budget measure – Growing a Skilled and High Quality Workforce to Care for Senior Australians, announced $26.154 million to invest in and grow a skilled aged care workforce, which will provide high quality care to senior Australians.

These scholarships will allow for up to 400 additional scholarships per year for three years, for personal care workers and nurses to complete qualifications. There will be up to 100 allied health scholarships per year for up to three years, which will be for allied health professionals to focus on dementia related qualifications.

Applications are closed for the below Aged Care Scholarships, applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by late June 2022.

Aged Care Nursing and Allied Health Scholarships

Graduate Certificate Scholarships for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander nurses

In collaboration with our valued Corporate Partner HESTA, we are delighted to offer Graduate Certificate Scholarships for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander nurses to complete an ACN Graduate Certificate of their choice.

Four scholarship will be offered for the July 2022 intake.

Applications closed.

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ACN grants and awards

The ACN Foundation administers a number of grants that have been provided to ACN by our generous benefactors, some of whom have nominated specific eligibility and selection criteria for their awards.

Applications closed. Applicants will be advised of the outcome mid-July 2022.

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Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme: First Nations health scholarships

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (PHMSS) provides financial assistance to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students who are undertaking an undergraduate course in an eligible health related discipline.

The Australian Government established the Scheme as a tribute to the late Dr Arnold ‘Puggy’ Hunter’s outstanding contribution to First Nations Australians’ health and his role and Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).

The scholarships for 2022 academic year have been awarded. At this stage we do not have a confirmed opening date for the PHMSS 2023 application round, we anticipate it will open for application late August 2022.

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