Clinical Placement Scholarships for nursing students undertaking placement in Aboriginal Medical Services


The scheme is an Australian Government initiative to support students enrolled in an approved undergraduate or entry level nursing or midwifery course to undertake a clinical placement in an Aboriginal Medical Service.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses or midwives are encouraged to apply.

Application dates

Applications are now open. Click here to apply.

Eligibility Criteria

Clinical placement scholarships are available to nursing and midwifery students who meet the following criteria:
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • enrolled in an accredited nursing or midwifery course that results in a nationally recognised and accredited entry level nursing or midwifery qualification 
  • wish to participate in a clinical placement at an Aboriginal Medical Service 
  • completed or intending to complete cultural competence training.
Please note, in some clinical placements cultural competence training may be provided by the AMS where an applicant is completing their clinical placement.
If you are a New Zealand citizen, please click here to determine your eligibility for this scholarship.
Current NAHSSS undergraduate scholarship recipients may apply.
You can only receive this scholarship once during your studies.

Eligible courses

Eligible nursing and midwifery entry level courses
  • Diploma of nursing (enrolled nurse)
  • Bachelor of nursing
  • Bachelor of midwifery
  • Bachelor of nursing/midwifery
  • Masters of nursing (pre-registration).

Eligible clinical placement organisations

Scholarship recipients may undertake a clinical placement in a variety of settings that provide services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities. Eligible clinical placement organisations include:
  • Aboriginal Medical Services
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services or 
  • health settings in areas with a large Indigenous Australian population.

Selection Criteria

Scholarships will be awarded based on how an applicant addresses the following criteria: 
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues in Indigenous health 
  • Commitment to promote and aid Indigenous health in the future 
Priority for clinical placement scholarships will generally be given to nursing and midwifery students for the following:
  • placement currently organised within three months of applying
  • students in their second year of study onwards
  • clinical placements for periods of at least 3 consecutive weeks and
  • students undertaking a clinical placement in a community with an AGSC-RA rating of 3-5.
To find out the ASGC-RA rating of your clinical placement organisation or community click here.

Value of scholarship

Scholarships are worth up to $11 000. Funding can be used for:
  • Accommodation
  • Travel
  • Living expenses
  • Supervision payment to the AMS is also included in the total value.
Please note: When you are not required to relocate from your usual place of residence for the purpose of undertaking the clinical placement, no payment will be made for accommodation or living expenses. However, if you remain in your usual place of residence but incur additional travel expenses in undertaking the clinical placement, ACN will consider the reimbursement of such expenses. To be considered eligible to receive funding towards additional travel expenses you must be travelling in excess of half an hour each way to and from placement each day.

Important links

Need more information?

For clarification of your eligibility under this scheme:
freecall1800 117 262