Commonwealth Teaching Scholarships

Round One applications open

If you are a new teaching student (undergraduate or postgraduate) commencing a teaching degree in the first semester/study period of 2024 and you meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply for a Commonwealth Teaching Scholarship.

Full Information about the Scholarships, who can apply and how to apply is provided here. Prospective applicants are encouraged to read the Scholarship Guidelines, Applicant Handbook, Applicant Fact Sheet, Scholarship FAQs and other information on the Department of Education site before applying.

Applications close on 14 January 2024, at 11:59pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

About Commonwealth Teaching Scholarships

Commonwealth Teaching Scholarships support new undergraduate and postgraduate teaching students to meet the costs of their study in exchange for teaching in government schools or government-run early learning settings for a period of time after graduating from their degree.

Scholarships of up to $40,000 per student are available for full-time undergraduate initial teacher education (ITE) students ($10,000 per year for a four-year qualification) and up to $20,000 for full-time postgraduate ITE students ($10,000 per year for a two‑year qualification).

Applications are strongly encouraged from school leavers and career changers who meet the eligibility criteria and who are high-achieving students (with an ATAR of 80 or above or equivalent academic result), First Nations peoples, people for whom English is an additional language or dialect, people with disability, people from regional, rural or remote locations, mid-career professionals or people from low socio-economic backgrounds, who aspire to a rewarding career in teaching.

Scholarships will be available over five rounds from 2024 to 2028 with up to 1,000 scholarships per year to be offered.

The first round of scholarships are now open for students commencing ITE programs in the first semester/study period of 2024.

How to apply

You must submit your application through the online application form before the closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

Scholarships will be offered to eligible teaching students who are commencing a full-time undergraduate or full-time postgraduate initial teacher education program with a focus on supporting target cohorts.

You should only submit an application before the closing date when you have the relevant ATAR or equivalent academic result.

You must provide evidence of enrolment in an accredited ITE program. If you haven’t enrolled yet or are waiting for acceptance into an accredited ITE program, you can still apply. If you receive a conditional offer, you must provide evidence of enrolment before signing your Scholarship Agreement.

When you apply, you will need to declare that all information you have provided is complete and correct, including if you identify as belonging to any of the target cohorts.