Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships

ACT Health sponsors the following nursing and midwifery scholarships:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing Scholarships
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education & Graduate Certificate in Health Research
  • Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services Postgraduate Scholarships for Mental Health Nursing
  • Post Graduate Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships
  • Travel Scholarships
  • Jennifer James Memorial Scholarship for Research.

For more information, please contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office at, or call 02 5124 4978 or 02 5124 7058.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing Scholarship

ACT Health and the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) sponsor 2 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Enrolled Nursing Scholarships each year.

Applications are invited twice per year in February and July to coincide with the start of semesters.

Funding is available for a 12-month calendar year under the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap on Indigenous Health Outcomes.

Please complete your application electronically using the links below and email to

Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services Postgraduate Nursing Scholarships

The postgraduate scholarship has 2 pathways for nurses employed in Mental Health, Justice Health and Drug and Alcohol Services (MHJHADS).

Pathway 1: MHJHADS and the University of Canberra Collaborative Pathway

The collaborative pathway offers paid part-time employment while completing an academic course at the University of Canberra (UC) for up to 18 months.

The course has flexible delivery options that combines face-to-face teaching sessions, tele-tutorials and video conferencing to help maximise learning experiences.

Academic course content focuses on in-patient care, community mental health and various specialist settings in MHJHADS.

Separate applications are required for employment with MHJHADS and to enrol in the academic course at the UC.  

For information about the application and interview process, please contact the Coordinator for Mental Health Nursing Education Programs, MHJHADS at or on 02 6205 4575.

Pathway 2: Other Australian Universities

ACT Health nurses (including MHJHADS staff) are eligible to apply for a postgraduate scholarship at any Australian University.

Please apply via the ACT Health Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Scheme 

For more information, please contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office at or on 02 5124 4978.

Post Graduate Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships


Re: ACT Health Nurses and Midwives Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

The scholarships are to support the ongoing professional education and skill development of nurses and midwives across the health care sector.

Scholarships for postgraduate tuition fees are offered to support clinical education, research, leadership and management scopes of practice.  

The ACT Health Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer wishes to advise that there will not be a 2020 mid-year Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Round as there is a need to revise the Business Rules.

Please note: the review of the Business Rules will also include a review of the application process.

Part of the review will be to establish what is the intent of the Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships and where the funds should be allocated, to strengthen the profession and service provision.

The review will be in consultation with key stakeholders across the ACT Territory.

The next round of Nursing & Midwifery Scholarships will be offered for the 2021 academic year.

Further information please contact

Travel Scholarships

ACT Health offers travel scholarships to support nurses and midwives who present at relevant national and international conferences.

Nurses and midwives who actively participate and attend conferences are also eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Up to 10 scholarships are awarded each year.

For more information and to apply, please see the links below:

Jennifer James Memorial Scholarship for Research

ACT Health in partnership with the University of Canberra, is pleased to offer the Jennifer James Memorial Scholarship for Research to undertake a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) program.

One scholarship may be awarded annually.

Applications should be made directly through University of Canberra.

University of Canberra Graduate Certificate in Health Research Scholarship Program

Staff employed in Allied Health, and Nursing and Midwifery positions in the ACT Health Directorate, Canberra Health Services or Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, have a wonderful opportunity made possible by the University of Canberra that will support clinical research capability. This program is facilitated by the ACT Health Directorate, Office of Professional Leadership and Education in partnership with University of Canberra.

The University of Canberra scholarship offers a generous contribution towards the Graduate Certificate in Health Research. The scholarship provides support for Allied Health, Nursing and Midwifery staff who wish to undertake clinical research and have experience in quality improvement or research. (Eligibility and selection criteria apply)

The University of Canberra Graduate Certificate in Health Research supports clinician’s transition to health science research. The course offers the flexibility of studying one semester full-time or up to four semesters part-time, exploring subjects including epidemiology, how to perform statistical analyses, and the qualitative and quantitative practices of the research process.

The University of Canberra scholarship provides 50% of course fees for the program of study. Additional costs incurred (e.g. remainder of course fees, amenities fees etc) are payable by the student. ACT Health Directorate and Canberra Health Services applicants must complete the ACT Public Service Studies Assistance Application Form for Approval as a Student and may be eligible for work area supported Study Leave. Applicants from Calvary Public Hospital Bruce should discuss study support options available with their supervisor.

Availability of this scheme is not guaranteed each year. When offered, a limited number of places are available and successful recipients are selected by a panel.

Scholarship applications for 2020 open Monday 18 November and close Friday 6 December 2019.

For more information or to apply please view University of Canberra course information and scholarship applicant information, or contact:




Page last updated on: 19 May 2020