Professional Development Scholarships for nurses and midwives working in an Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS)


The scheme is an Australian Government initiative seeking to support registered and enrolled nurses or registered midwives working in an AMS to undertake professional development at an Australian university or registered training organisation (RTO).

Application dates

Applications are now open and will close on 19 April at midnight AEST. Click here to apply.

Value of scholarship

Scholarships are worth up to $15 000 each and are a contribution toward the cost of accessing postgraduate or continuing professional development study.
Applicants commencing continuing professional development activities may receive up to $15 000 per scholarship for a one year study period. Funding is available for continuing professional development activities for the period 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013.
Applicants commencing or continuing postgraduate studies may receive up to a maximum of $15 000 for one year full time or two years part time study. Funding for postgraduate study will only be provided for study undertaken from semester 2, 2013 and beyond.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident 
  • an enrolled nurse, registered nurse or registered midwife with current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) registration
  • delivering clinical services
  • currently employed in an Aboriginal Medical Service.
Applicants also must meet one or more of the following:
  • participating in an activity that is eligible to accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as prescribed by the NMBA
  • studying or intending to study a postgraduate course at an Australian university, registered training organisation or other accredited provider.

Eligible courses

Courses must be provided by Australian universities or registered training organisations. The course selected must provide the student with greater skills and knowledge in a field of direct relevance to nursing or midwifery. 
  • short courses
  • workshops
  • conferences
  • seminars
  • graduate certificate
  • graduate diploma
  • masters

Ineligible courses

The following courses are not considered eligible for a NAHSSS: Professional Development for nurses working in an Aboriginal Medical Service scholarship: 
  • PHD
  • masters by research
  • entry level nursing and midwifery courses
  • activities outside of Australia (including face to face, on line or external study).
Scholarships are to fund individual recipients for continuing professional development or postgraduate activities. Persons seeking to deliver continuing professional development activities to a health professional group are not eligible to apply.

Selection Criteria 

Scholarships will be awarded on the recommendation of a selection committee and will be based on how you address the following criteria: 
  • How the chosen course or activity will relate to their work in an Aboriginal Medical Service.
  • How the chosen course or activity will benefit the health of Indigenous Australians.
  • Outline their commitment to utilise their skills and knowledge with Indigenous Australian communities in the future.
If you are a New Zealand citizen, please click here to determine your eligibility for this scholarship.

Important links

Need more information?

For clarification of your eligibility under this scheme please contact ACN:
freecall 1800 117 262