Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme: Undergraduate


The Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme: Undergraduate (NAHSSS UG) is funded by Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and administered by the Australian College of Nursing.

The scheme is an Australian Government initiative supporting students who are studying or intending to commence an accredited nursing course at an Australian university or registered training organisation that provides them with the ability to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are encouraged to apply. 

Australian College of Nursing receives an extremely high volume of applications; meeting the eligibility criteria will not guarantee applicants a scholarship offer.

Application dates

Applications are currently closed. The online application for studies in 2014 will become available Monday 22 July 2013.

Value of scholarship

Full time scholarship recipients will receive up to $10 000 per year to a maximum of $30 000 during their entry level nursing or midwifery studies. Part time students will receive up to $5000 per year to a maximum of $30 000. For those undertaking the double degree of Bachelor of nursing/midwifery the maximum funding will be $40 000. 

Funding will not be available for courses studied outside Australia. These scholarships are not bonded.

Eligibility criteria

Applications will be considered from applicants that meet the following criteria:
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • enrolled or intending to enrol in an accredited nursing or midwifery course that results in a nationally recognised and accredited entry level nursing or midwifery qualification. 

Eligible courses

Courses must be provided by Australian universities, TAFEs or other registered training organisations.

The list below contains examples of course names accredited by NMBA. 
  • Diploma of enrolled nursing
  • Bachelor of nursing
  • Bachelor of midwifery 
  • Bachelor of nursing/midwifery
  • Master of nursing (Pre-registration). 
The course an applicant chooses must lead to the student, upon graduation, being able to practice as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse or midwife. All accredited courses are listed on the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Association website

This application form is only to apply for a scholarship and is not an application to an educational or training institution. You must contact an education or training institution directly to apply for entry into a nursing program.

If you are a New Zealand citizen, please click here to determine your eligibility for this scholarship.

Assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed using a selection weighting which will be applied to the following criteria:
  • previous health or nursing qualifications
  • rurality
  • financial need. Scholarships are not means tested but applicants who can demonstrate a lower income level than others will receive more points.

Important links

Need more information?

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