Postgraduate scholarship scheme - Allied Health

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 scholarships to study in 2023 are now closed. Applications for scholarships to study in 2024 will open in November 2023.

Staff Eligibility

To be eligible for this scheme, you must have permanent employment with Canberra Health Services, ACT Health or the former Calvary Public Hospital Bruce (now North Canberra Hospital) 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 work experience in the related field of practice, or equivalent for part-time staff.

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.

Course Eligibility

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

Eligible courses are required to have a clinical practice, health professional education, health service management and leadership, research or data science* related focus and you must be able to demonstrate how your proposed course of study is relevant to, or will contribute to your organisations core values and key strategic priorities.

*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 Ekavi Georgousopoulou on


Applicants must have two referee reports from senior 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.

Referees will be automatically sent a copy of the scholarship application and a link to complete their referee report when the scholarship application is submitted. Referees must submit referee reports by the scheme closing date.

Important Information for prospective applicants

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

Please view the Allied Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme presentation.

If you are considering doing a course and want to connect with any of your allied health colleagues who have done the same program of study please contact the Chief Allied Health Office.

Need More Information?

For more information, please contact or 5124 9451.

Page last updated on: 3 Jul 2023