New round opening in September

Applications for the Undergraduate (entry-to-practice) Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships Program Round 1 closed at 4pm on 24 May 2023.

Applications for the Undergraduate (entry-to-practice) Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships Program Round 2 will open in September 2023.

Program overview

The Undergraduate (entry-to-practice) Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships Program aims to train and upskill the next generation of registered nurses and midwives through scholarships which aim to reduce financial disincentives associated with undertaking an undergraduate (entry-to-practice) nursing or midwifery degree, including the costs of clinical placements.

Funding is provided by the Department of Health and delivered in partnership with the Department of Government Services and the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions.


Scholarships for eligible recipients include:

  1. Up to $9000 towards course costs over a maximum of 3 years. This includes $3000 per annum in line with a 3-year bachelor’s degree.
  2. An additional $7500 if committed to employment at a Victorian public health service for at least 2 years. A minimum 0.8 EFT or equivalent pro rata is required.

The total maximum scholarship value is $16,500.

Scholarships will be administered annually.


To be eligible for the undergraduate (entry-to-practice) scholarships in 2023 and 2024 you must be:

  • a domestic student. For the purposes of this scholarship, this is defined as:
    • an Australian citizen
    • a New Zealand citizen (or dual citizenship holders of either Australia or New Zealand)
    • an Australian permanent resident
    • an Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder and
  • enrolled in a course:
    • that is a program of study approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as listed on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website to obtain a first qualification that leads to general registration as a registered nurse and/or midwife and
    • offered by an education provider located in Victoria or a border community and be attending the course at an eligible campus for the purpose of undertaking the approved program of study and
    • with the first year of study commencing in 2023 or 2024 and be enrolled as at the Semester 1 census date for 2024 and remain enrolled for a minimum 0.5 EFTSL (Equivalent Full-Time Student Load)
    • a current Victorian resident or resident of a border community for the duration of your approved nursing or midwifery program of study and
  • in your application, you must:
    • acknowledge that the purpose of the Scholarship is to encourage newly graduated registered nurses and midwives to join a Victorian Public Health Service and
    • confirm that you will make reasonable efforts to complete your degree and work in a Victorian Public Health Service as registered nurse and/or midwife and
    • agree to undertake your clinical placements within Victoria and/or a border community.

On completion of the program of study, to remain eligible for the additional $7,500 Health Service Component, you must:

  • have been a recipient of the full University Component of the scholarship and
  • be employed as a registered nurse and/or midwife at a Victorian Public Health Service within 12 months of study completion or by 30 June 2029, whichever is earliest and remain employed as a registered nurse or midwife in a Victorian Public Health Service for at least two years.

Next steps

Before applying please read the program guidelines for details and the frequently asked questions (FAQs) which aim to assist prospective applicants with interpreting the guidelines.

Contact with any questions.

Program guidelines

View the guidelines web page Funding Guidelines – Undergraduate (Entry-To-Practice) Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Program.

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Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Program – Funding guidelines (DOCX 221.28 KB)DOCX icon

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Read the full list of FAQs.

Key dates

Graphic highlighting that round 1 of the program opened for applications on April 26 and closed on May 24 2023, with applicants being notified of outcomes in August 2023 and initial payments to successful applicants in December 2023.  Additional eligible payments will be made to successful applicants in 2024 and 2025, with the Health Service component to eligible applicants occurring in 2026/27.

  • Round 1 program applications opened: April 26, 2023
  • Round 1 program applications closed: 4pm on May 24 2023
  • Round 1 notification of application outcome: August 2023
  • First payment to successful applicants: December 2023

Contact with any questions.

Cross border communities

Your eligible course must be at an approved education provider located in Victoria or in one of the following eligible border communities.

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  • Balranald Shire
  • Bega Valley Shire
  • Berrigan Shire
  • City of Albury
  • City of Broken Hill
  • City of Wagga Wagga
  • Edward River Council
  • Federation Council
  • Greater Hume Shire
  • Hay Shire
  • Lockhart Shire
  • Murray River Council
  • Murrumbidgee Council
  • Snowy Monaro Regional Council
  • Snowy Valleys Council
  • Wentworth Shire

Note: The Silver City Highway between the Broken Hill and Wentworth Local Government Areas is part of the NSW-Victoria border bubble.

  • Berri Barmera Council
  • City of Mount Gambier
  • District Council of Grant
  • District Council of Loxton Waikerie
  • District Council of Robe
  • Kingston District Council
  • Naracoorte Lucindale Council
  • Renmark Paringa Council
  • Southern Mallee District Council
  • Tatiara District Council
  • Wattle Range Council

Scholarship agreement

As part of the application process all applicants agree that if they are successful in attaining a scholarship they agree to the terms and conditions outlined in the Scholarship Agreement which forms part of the application form.