Victorian Postgraduate Mental Health Nurse Scholarships ($3000)
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The Victorian Department of Health (the department) is offering scholarships of up to $3,000 to registered nurses working in Victorian public mental health and wellbeing services to support postgraduate study in mental health nursing. The scholarships are administered by the Australian College of Nursing on behalf of the department.

These scholarships are available to mental health nurses working in Victoria who are enrolled or intending to enrol in an eligible postgraduate course in semester one 2024.


Applications are now open will close on end of January 2024. See application guidelines

Key dates

  • Applications open
    Friday 15 September 2023
  • Applications close
    End January 2024
  • Scholarship recipients advised of outcome
    From early December 2023 to late February 2024

Information sessions
Please refer to the application guide for more information related to accessing information sessions for this scholarship application.


Applications will be considered from those who are currently enrolled (or intending to enrol) in postgraduate studies relating to their work in mental health for semester one, 2024. All courses must be undertaken with an accredited Australian tertiary institution.

Applicant eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • be an Australian citizen, or permanent resident or New Zealand citizen
  • be employed (or commencing employment) in a Victorian public mental health and wellbeing service at 0.5 FTE or more for the duration of their studies and at least one year following completion
  • be enrolled (or intending to enrol) in an eligible postgraduate course for semester one, 2024
  • have the endorsement of their Director of Mental Health Nursing or manager in their application.

Course eligibility

Eligible courses are those that:

  • classify as level 8 or higher under the Australian Qualifications Framework
  • are delivered by a university or accredited higher education provider
  • lead to a tertiary qualification in mental health nursing that advances the applicant’s knowledge, skills and capacity to provide effective mental health care
  • build the capabilities required to deliver high quality, evidence-based consumer-centred care in the public mental health and wellbeing sector and/or
  • build the capacity of the Victorian mental health and wellbeing sector by improving the skills and knowledge of other mental health nurses within the sector.

Please note, individuals undertaking studies to become a nurse practitioner are ineligible for this scholarship program. The department recommends that you speak to the relevant person at your organisation (usually the Head of Nursing Midwifery Education) on how to apply for the Postgraduate Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Program.

For information about other postgraduate nurse scholarships in a range of practice areas (including Nurse Practitioner Scholarships), please refer to the Postgraduate nursing and midwifery scholarships page.

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