Scholarships for early childhood professionals

Funding opportunities for early childhood professionals.

Teachers: early childhood scholarships program

Applications are now open for the early childhood scholarships program.

The early childhood scholarships program is designed to attract new early childhood teachers to the field and support existing educators who wish to upskill to a teaching qualification or gain a relevant postgraduate qualification.

Early childhood teachers and educators play a critical role in the first years of children’s lives by laying the foundations for lifelong learning and future success.

There are two scholarship options available:

Early childhood scholarships to become a teacher (bachelor degree and postgraduate qualifications)

This option is for eligible individuals wanting to study to become a registered early childhood teacher or upskill.

Early childhood Aboriginal pathway scholarships (Certificate III to postgraduate level qualifications)

This option is for eligible Aboriginal people wanting to become an early childhood educator or teacher.

Aboriginal applicants completing bachelor degree and postgraduate qualifications must meet the same conditions as the teaching scholarships.

Those completing vocational training must enrol in one of the following eligible courses:

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113)
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113).

These applicants are encouraged to consider studying at their local TAFE or alternative compliant registered training organisation.

For more information see the early childhood scholarships program guidelines:

To apply see the early childhood scholarships program application portal.

Maternal and child health scholarships

A scholarship program is available to encourage eligible nursing professionals to become a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurse.

The scholarships on offer are up to $10,000.

The aim of the scholarships are to assist eligible nursing professionals to complete further education in their chosen field of maternal and child health, and subsequently increase the quality and capacity of Victoria's maternal and child health nursing workforce. 

Eligibility and entry requirements

Applicants for the Maternal and Child Health Nursing Scholarship program must be planning to or are currently undertaking one of the following courses, currently delivered by Latrobe University, or the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

  • Graduate Diploma in Child, Family and Community Nursing - Latrobe University
  • Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health Nursing - RMIT

Entry requirements for courses include current registration as both a Division 1 nurse and a midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).  

How to apply

Applications close 16 November 2018.

Information on how to apply, and the terms and conditions, can be found in the:

Questions regarding the MCH Scholarships can be emailed to:​

Existing and past scholarship recipients

For more information for existing and past scholarship recipients, contact 1300 651 662 or email