Scholarship and Bursaries for Education Students

Scholarship winners with GWV members: Megan Kruger, June Stewart, Jenny Strauss, Julija Knezevic

Scholarship winners with GWV members: Megan Kruger, June Stewart, Jenny Strauss, Julija Knezevic

The Yvonne Aitken Scholarship, valued at $6,000, is offered annually to female students who are undertaking a Masters degree in Education or Teaching.  The scholarship is open to students preparing to teach any subject.

Two Bursaries ($3000 each) are offered to students enrolled in a Masters degree in Education or Teaching and preparing to teach science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM).

Bursaries for students preparing to teach STEM

The ATSE-WISENet Bursary 

Students should indicate their interest in this bursary when applying online for the Masters of Education/Teaching category of scholarships and bursaries.

The student awarded this Bursary will be expected to participate in the STELR program, in association with the Australian Academy of Technology, Science and Engineering – see www.stelr.org.au  and  www.atse.org.au.    STELR (Science and Technology Education Leveraging Relevance)  is a  program which relates science and mathematics subjects at school to issues affecting all students.

 The WISENet Donor Bursary

The WISENet Donor Bursary will be awarded to a  female student  proposing to teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths). Students should indicate their interest in this bursary when applying on line for the Masters of Education/Teaching category of scholarships and bursaries.

For more information see STEM Bursaries Information rev.16.2.16

Eligibility

To be eligible for these awards, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Female gender
  • Enrolled in a Masters in Education or Teaching on 31 March in the year of application
  • Enrolled at a Victorian university or a Victorian campus of ACU on 31 March in the year of application
  • Normally resident in Victoria
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident

Applications must be made online and close at midnight on 31 March.  Winners are expected to attend the Scholarship Presentation Day and give a brief presentation.  Scholarships will only be awarded to students who are enrolled on Scholarship Presentation Day, normally held on a Saturday in early June.

You must also demonstrate to the satisfaction of Graduate Women Victoria that you have been or are overcoming disadvantage in pursuing your studies.

Disadvantage may include:

  • Financial difficulty or low income
  • English as a second language
  • Migrant or refugee status
  • Disability or medical condition
  • Family/caring responsibilities
  • Geographical isolation/significant distance from campus
  • Family crisis or difficult family environment
  • Career/ Study disruption
  • Other difficult circumstances

Please note

  • The Scholarship Sub-committee of Graduate Women Victoria reserves the right to contact referees for further information.
  • Applications will not be received after midnight on 31 March
  • All decisions on the results of the awards are final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.

Before commencing the application, you are advised to prepare documents to be uploaded and to contact your referees.  Note that you may save your work and exit from the online application site and return to edit your application.   However once you submit your application, you are unable to change it.

Documents required

  • Scanned copy (pdf) or image of proof of citizenship or permanent resident status e.g. extract of birth entry, passport, visa, certificate of citizenship
  • Scanned copy (pdf) or image of proof of enrolment in year of application
  • Scanned copy (pdf) or image of original of all university results including those for subjects completed in your present course. (An Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) is acceptable for completed courses.)
  • Brief account of your career plans and research project if applicable – you may paste in a Word document, maximum 300 words, 11 point Arial font, line spacing 1.5.  
  • Resume (cv) of no more than two pages of 11 point Arial font and line spacing 1.5.
  • Personal impact statement to explain the nature of your disadvantage and its effect on your study. You may paste in a Word document of no more than 300 words of 11 point Arial font and line spacing 1.5
  • Supporting documentation for your disadvantage(s) – scanned copies (pdf) or images of originals, no more than 6 pages.

Referee reports

You will be asked to provide the names, positions and email addresses of two referees.  Please provide each referee with the GWV Information for Referees.  Referees will be emailed a request to upload a confidential reference.

For students who have recently returned to study, one employer referee and one academic referee is acceptable.

Before applying, students are advised to read carefully all the information on this website, including the Frequently Asked Questions.  

Apply for this scholarship here.

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