Scholarships and bursaries

The health workforce scholarship program provides scholarships and bursaries to health professionals in rural and remote Australia to enhance and retain their skills and practice.

The Health Workforce Scholarships program (HSWP) provides funds to the health workforce in rural areas to help you upskill through professional development, training, short courses and conferences, that will also benefit your community.

HWSP is for medical, nursing, midwifery, allied health, dental and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals, providing primary health care in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services sector, non-government organisations and private practice across Australia.

The program has been extended for a further 2 years (2023-24 and 2024-25) and applications are now open.

What funding is available?


A payment of up to $10,000 for 12 months (for up to 24 months) for a postgraduate course leading to a postgraduate qualification such as a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, or Masters.


A payment of up to $10,000 within a 12-month period that covers the cost of training or course fees and/or cover or partially cover training-related expenses, where appropriate such as an accredited industry conference or vocational education and training course.

Eligible applicants can apply for up to $10,000 in a 12-month period (between Bursary and Scholarship applications). The funding period begins on the date of the first approved course/conference.

Please note that you need approval for the grant before doing the education activities you would like to claim.


  • applicant guidelines
  • collect your supporting documentation
  • complete the online application form below
  • upload your support documentation


Grant applications are open year-round, with applications being assessed by the grants panel on the below dates:

  • Thursday, 30 May 2024
  • Thursday, 20 June 2024
  • Thursday, 25 July 2024
  • Thursday, 29 August 2024
  • Thursday, 26 September 2024
  • Thursday, 31 October 2024
  • Thursday, 28 November 2024
  • Thursday, 12 December 2024
  • Thursday, 30 May 2024
  • Thursday, 27 June 2024

All applicants we be notified of the outcome of your application within 5 working days of the workforce grants panel meeting.

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