Postgraduate scholarship scheme - Allied Health

The Allied Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme is a workforce retention initiative.

This scheme supports eligible allied health professionals with scholarships in various fields of postgraduate study, particularly in areas of allied health that have known shortages.

Scholarship recipients will have access to funding to support tuition fees. The level of funding given will depend on the total number of applicants, the total cost of requested tuition support and the available budget. Scholarships are paid through reimbursement at the end of each satisfactorily completed semester(s) of study.

Applications for 2020 scholarships are now closed

Applications for scholarships to study in the 2021 academic year will open on Monday 2nd November 2020. 

Staff Eligibility

To be eligible for this scheme, you must have permanent employment with Canberra Health Services, ACT Health or Calvary Public Hospital Bruce or have a continuous temporary contract for at least 12 months before the application closing date.

You must be employed in one of the eligible allied health professions and have a minimum of two years full-time post-qualification clinical work experience.

Course Eligibility

In addition to meeting the staff eligibility criteria, applicants must also prove their intended study meets the scheme’s course eligibility criteria. Course eligibility is set out in the Applicant Guidelines, noting that eligible postgraduate courses have a minimum of 6 months full-time equivalent duration.

Eligible courses are required to have a clinical, education, management and leadership and/or research/data science related focus and must demonstrate alignment with work area business plan and/or Quality strategy and/or ACT Health Corporate Plan 2018-2023.


Applicants must have two referee reports from senior allied health professionals, completed using the Allied Health Postgraduate Scholarship Referee form. One referee report must be from your current line manager, and you are expected to discuss with and gain support for your application from your line manager. Referees must be at HP3 classification, or equivalent, and above.

Important Information for prospective applicants

Applications for the 2020 round of the Scholarship Scheme open on Monday 4th November 2019 and close 5.00pm Friday 14th February 2020.

Anyone considering applying to this scheme should read the Allied Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme Applicant Guidelines.

Information sessions were conducted in October 2019. Please view the presentation.

Key Changes in 2020

  • In addition to the electronic application form, the referee report form will also be an electronic document;
  • One of the applicant’s referees must be their line manager, who is at HP3 classification (or equivalent) and above;
  • There is a three-year exclusion period in place for staff who have previously received an allied health postgraduate scholarship leading to an award level program of study;
  • The scheme now accepts applicants wishing to study a course in data science*.

*The Health Analytics Research Collaborative (HARC) provides advice and connects students with potential mentors, projects and courses. HARC is a collaboration between ACT Health Directorate and its academic partners focused on health data science, and research methods and analytics in both qualitative and quantitative areas. Locally, HARC is associated with the Biologic Data Science Institute and Population Health at the Australian National University, and the University of Canberra.

For more details on HARC please contact, Emily Beltrami on +61 2 6244 4288 or

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Page last updated on: 19 Feb 2020