How To Apply and Qualify For Teacher Scholarships NSW 2023

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, May 15th. Through the member portal, you can get to the application form in the Knowledge Centre.

This year, Federation will continue its proud tradition of giving 15 eligible student members $4000 Future Teacher Scholarships.

About the Scholarship for Teacher Education

If you want to become a secondary teacher (in any key learning area) or a K–12 inclusive/special education teacher, or if you are already studying to become one, you could be eligible for the Teacher Education Scholarship.

The Teacher Education Scholarship gives up to $7,500 per year in financial aid to full-time students who want to become teachers, as well as a permanent teaching job and an appointment allowance of $6,000.


The scholarships are just one of the many ways Federation helps future teachers to make it easier for them to study at this unique time in history, when the cost of living is going up and there aren’t enough teachers to go around.

All of the people who have applied before have been proud to have gone to public schools and have shown a strong desire to work in the public school system. Jake Heath, who won the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander category last year, said it best: “My goal is to help First Nations students and their communities in every way. Public education made it possible for me to go to college and fulfil my dream of giving back to public education. I am the first person in my family to do so.

Another winner from last year says that the scholarship helped her make ends meet during her practicum. She also used the money to buy supplies, like paper and pencils, that she still uses today as a full-time teacher at a high school in Sydney.

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The winner also said that the benefits of the scholarship went beyond just money: “The scholarship helped me get noticed at several schools and gave me the confidence I needed as a new teacher to join networks of experienced teachers and school union meetings.”

Now, more than ever, our future teachers need help from their union to become the next generation of proud public education teacher activists. There are more than 3000 unfilled primary, secondary, and special education positions in country and city schools across NSW, and nine out of ten teachers say their school has trouble finding enough casual teachers.

Anyone who is a full-time or part-time student and a member of the NSW Teachers Federation can apply.

Students can join the Federation for free by clicking here.

The Teachers Federation Future Teacher Scholarships Committee may give 15 scholarships to successful applicants in the following five categories:

  • (Open to anyone who wants to apply)
  • Those who want to become teachers and say they are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Future teachers who live in a rural or remote area that is a long way from the nearest college or university.
  • Students in their first year of a programme to become a teacher
  • Future teachers who come from a background that is both culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD).
  • In honour of the late state MP John Kaye, one scholarship will be given to a student who shows a strong commitment to the environment and social justice.

Applicants can choose more than one type of scholarship when they fill out their application.

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Financial support

  • $7,500 per year whilst studying full-time
  • $6,000 appointment allowance

Guaranteed employment

  • Receive a permanent position in a NSW public school upon completion of your studies
Agreed Locations
  • Indicate your preference to teach in a number of fantastic locations across NSW

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, May 15th. Through the member portal, you can get to the application form in the Knowledge Centre.

To find out more, email or call (02) 9217 2100 and ask for the Membership and Training Officer.

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Eligibility Criteria

Find out if you’re eligible to apply for a Teacher Education Scholarship. To apply, you will need to:

  1. be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  2. intend on enrolling or be currently enrolled in initial teacher education studies at a recognised Australian university or tertiary institution. Your studies will need to meet the department’s and the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) academic requirements for employment as a secondary teacher of a high-demand subject area or a special education (K-12) teacher. The subject areas of need are:
  3. be willing to accept an appointment as a permanent full time teacher to a NSW public school in an agreed location on completion of your studies for a minimum period of three years
  4. (if you have not completed the full four years of required higher education in a country where English is the main language) be able to demonstrate that your English language proficiency is of a standard which would enable you to teach and interact effectively and confidently in a NSW school. You will be required to undertake an assessment of your English language proficiency – this is a requirement to gain an approval to teach in NSW public schools.
  5. HSC students
  6. University students
  7. Career changers

Special education (K-12) teacher

There are only two recognised initial teacher education programs in special education in NSW. These are offered through the University of New England and the University of Newcastle. The University of Newcastle course is available as an internship in the fourth year of study only, and, as entry is not guaranteed, is only appropriate for a one year scholarship applied for in your third or second last year of teacher education studies.

Technological and applied studies

To be eligible for a Teacher Education Scholarship while you train to become a technological and applied studies (TAS) teacher, you must intend on enrolling in or be currently enrolled in one of the following courses unless you have already completed an appropriate undergraduate degree:

Agreed locations

As part of the application process, you will be asked to select either “Anywhere in the State” or at least five individual school education areas where you would like to be appointed on completion of your studies. If you select to be appointed “Anywhere in the State”, you are agreeing to be appointed to a school in one of the following school education areas: Albury, Armidale, Bankstown, Batemans Bay, Bathurst, Blacktown, Bondi, Bourke, Broken Hill, Campbelltown, Central Coast, Clarence/Coffs Harbour, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Fairfield, Granville, Griffith, Hornsby, Lake Macquarie, Lismore, Liverpool, Maitland, Moree, Mount Druitt, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Northern Beaches, Orange, Parramatta, Penrith, Port Jackson, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan, Ryde, Shellharbour, St George, Sutherland, Tamworth, Taree, Tweed Heads/Ballina, Wagga Wagga, Windsor, Wollongong. If you wish to select five or more individual school education areas, you must select metropolitan locations and/or non-coastal rural or remote locations where teachers are in high demand.

The metropolitan areas where teachers are in high-demand are Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Granville, Liverpool and Mount Druitt. The non-coastal rural areas where teachers are in high demand are Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Bourke, Broken Hill, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Griffith, Moree, Orange, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga.

Further information

If you can’t find answers to your questions in the FAQs, contact our Scholarships Team via or phone 1300 301 435.

Apply online.

Applications must be submitted using the online application form. During the application period, an “Apply now” button will be available on the Teacher Education Scholarships webpage. Outside the application period, you will be able to sign up to an alert to receive an email notification when applications open.


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