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Queensland Health Mental Health Scholarship Scheme

The Queensland Health Mental Health Scholarship Scheme applications for the 2021 study year will open on Monday 26 October 2020.

If you wish to be contacted when applications open, please email mhscholarships@health.qld.gov.au to be added to the mailing list.

The scheme targets Nursing and Allied Health clinicians who work closely with people accessing mental health and alcohol and other drugs services, who wish to develop mental health competencies through post graduate studies. Studies aimed at enhancing the delivery of recovery-oriented consumer focussed services, increasing confidence and job satisfaction, and opportunities for career development.

The MHSS provides financial assistance for completion of approved post graduate level university studies in mental health clinical practice that will enhance the capability of clinical staff working closely with people accessing mental health and alcohol and other drugs services.

Scholarships are awarded to Queensland Health clinical staff working closely with people accessing mental health and alcohol and other drugs services who are:

  • permanent or temporary Queensland Health allied health and nursing clinicians
  • citizens of Australia or New Zealand* (*New Zealand citizens living in Australia under the Special Category Visa [sub class 444])
  • permanent residents of Australia.

Financial and study assistance

All scholarship applicants are to advise the proposed study load in the application form. This study load determines the amount of scholarship funding available, up to $1,000 per unit/subject for successful (passing grade or above) completion of study in 2021, with a maximum scholarship value capped at $5,000, per individual, per calendar year. This is to ensure the maximum number of scholarships are awarded.

Scholarship recipients who will not complete their program of study in one year must re-apply for a scholarship in the second year of study. *Additional scholarships are not guaranteed. There are more applications received than scholarships available, consequently all applicants are required to submit high quality applications to compete.

The Scholarship panel will prioritise applications which:

  • do not simply cut and paste from a study prospectus or strategic plan but reflect on your individual professional context
  • demonstrate clearly how the course of study is relevant for your clinical practice context (think about how this study will help you contribute to consumer recovery)
  • demonstrate clearly how the course of study will directly affect your clinical practice development (think about how you will develop as a professional)
  • are clearly your own reflections and your own work.

How to apply:

Applications are open from 8:00am Monday 26 October 2020 and close at 5:00pm sharp on Monday 23 November 2020.

  1. Familiarise yourself with the Guidelines for Applicants (PDF 228 KB)
  2. Familiarise yourself with the Connecting care to recovery 2016-2021 (PDF 3.3 MB)
  3. Familiarise yourself with the selection criteria (PDF 199 KB)
  4. Complete the application form

Contact for further information

Mental Health Scholarship Scheme Coordinator
Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning
Locked Bag 500 Archerfield Qld 4108
Email: mhscholarships@health.qld.gov.auwebmail

Information for current recipients to claim reimbursements

Claims will be accepted from recipients after the completion of semesters 1, 2 and 3. This will also include any study completed in trimesters 1, 2 or 3.

Claims for each semester/trimester must be finalised within 60 days of completion of the unit/subject. Claims submitted outside of this timeframe will not be considered.

Recipients will need to complete the following, in order to claim reimbursement for study.

  1. Download, complete, print and sign the MHSS claim form (PDF 242 KB) - original signed form only accepted.
  2. Obtain a receipt for fees paid from the education institution or HECS statement showing deferment – original document only accepted
  3. Provide a copy of the transcript of results
  4. Mail all three items
    To: Mental Health Scholarship Scheme Coordinator
    Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning
    Locked Bag 500
    Archerfield Qld 4108

The Mental Health Scholarship Scheme Coordinator will email you when the documents have been received and submitted to the accounts payable department.

Contact for further information

Mental Health Scholarship Scheme Coordinator
Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning
Locked Bag 500 Archerfield Qld 4108
Email: mhscholarships@health.qld.gov.auwebmail

Last updated: 11 June 2019