Scholarships for current teachers and new graduates

​​Financial help is available if you're wanting to upskill as a teacher, or you're a new graduate.

If you're still studying to become a teacher, see study help and scholarships​.

Scholarships currently open

Cash incentives for new graduates

Some teaching jobs for new graduates include a cash payment as part of the employment offer. This is called the 'new graduate incentive'.

New graduate incentive jobs are usually advertised between August and December to start work the following school year.

Jobs are advertised in our recruitment system. Use the advanced search and choose the 'New Graduate Incentive' job classification filter.


You must meet the usual requirements to be a teacher and agree to:

  • start working on the date in the incentive agreement
  • work in a Victorian government school for two years or more from the date you start.

The full requirements will be included in the job advertisement.

If you don't work in a government school for two years from your start date, you may need to repay the money.

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For schools: attracting graduates

You can apply for incentives if your school is having difficulty attracting high quality graduate teachers.

The incentives are designed to be given to graduates as part of an ongoing employment offer.


You can apply if your school:

  • is one of the schools listed below, or has a position in a difficult to recruit curriculum area
  • has a vacant ongoing position
  • can demonstrate the position is hard to staff.

Difficult to recruit curriculum areas are:

  • English
  • information technology/computer science
  • languages other than English
  • mathematics
  • science
  • special education/integration.

Eligible schools have been chosen according to recruitment information in the teacher census. They are:


Three incentive types are available:

  • Category 1: Priority and rural schools - Incentive valued at up to $11,000.
  • Category 2: Provincial and outer metro growth schools - Incentive valued at up to $7,000.
  • Category 3: All other schools with a hard-to-staff teaching vacancy - Incentive valued at up to $4,000.

Graduates who receive the incentive must enter into an agreement to work for a minimum amount of time.


Read the guidelines before applying. Then complete the application form:

Applications should be addressed to:

New Graduate Incentive Program
Teacher Professional Practice Unit
GPO Box 4367
Melbourne VIC 3001

Or email:

Get advice

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Previous scholarships

Inclusive education grants initiative (closed)

You could be eligible for a scholarship to undertake VIT-endorsed postgraduate studies in Inclusive Education or Applied Behaviour Analysis if you are currently teaching in a Victorian government school. This opportunity is available through the Inclusive Education Grants initiative.


To be eligible you must:

  • be employed as a teacher in a Victorian government school or be employed by the Victorian Department of Education and Training in a student facing role
  • meet the entry requirements for your chosen course (see below for eligible courses) 
  • commence your chosen course in semester 2, 2019
  • be willing and able to complete your chosen course, including a practicum placement of up to 45 days, within four years
  • provide evidence that your principal/manager supports your application and will release you for the required number of placement days and fund any casual relief teacher (CRT) shortfall
  • not be the recipient of other scholarships for your chosen course.


There are full-fee scholarships available to undertake one of the following courses:

These courses can be undertaken either part-time or full-time (with studies to be completed within four years). They are available in fully online or blended (combination of online and face to face) modes and include a teaching practicum placement (except for the Master of Education - Applied Behaviour Analysis).


Applications open 5.00pm, Wednesday 8 May and close at midnight, Sunday 2 June 2019.

  1. Read the application guidelines
  2. Complete the online application form at
  3. Include a personal statement outlining why you are applying for a scholarship and how you intend to use the knowledge and skills gained through completing your chosen course
  4. Submit a letter or other document, signed by your principal/manager, outlining the reasons why they support your application and approving your release for the practicum placement(s)

Your application will be assessed by a selection panel. We will let you know the outcome within 6 weeks of the closing date. If you're successful you'll need to apply to your chosen course by the relevant univeristy deadline. You'll also need to keep us updated on progress with your studies.

What you get

If successful, tuition fees for your chosen course will be paid via the relevant institution.
You will need to fund additional costs such as textbooks or IT equipment yourself.

We will contribute some funding towards the cost of CRT associated with your course. CRT coverage requirements should be discussed with your principal at the time of application.

Get advice

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Grants to study career education (closed)

To support our schools to deliver high-quality career education, funding is being provided over the next four years to assist more than 400 career practitioners to complete a one-year Graduate Certificate in Career Education/Career Development.

150 places are available for 2019. We will contribute up to $6,550 per successful career practitioner towards the course fee charged by providers for completing this qualification. ​

Expressions of interest are closed.

To express your interest, complete the Career education study grants expression of interest form (docx - 674.54kb).


To be eligible to apply for a study grant, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. you must be currently employed in a Victorian government secondary school, primary/secondary school, specialist school or English language setting
  2. you can demonstrate that you are directly delivering career education at your school or will be in the near future (this must be verified by your principal)
  3. you have ongoing or fixed-term employment in the school beyond completion of the qualification (verified by your principal)

In the event there more applicants than places available, we will prioritise applicants from schools who currently do not have any staff with a career education qualification.

Transforming career education in Victorian government schools

The Victorian Government is investing $109 million to transform career education to help students make better career and pathway decisions and prepare them for life beyond school.

This investment will provide a suite of initiatives to support schools to strengthen career education, enabling students to make informed course and career decisions, understand the connection between school and future careers, and develop their skills and knowledge to successfully manage their careers throughout life.

More information

Contact if you have any questions about this opportunity.