Priority Area 1, Action 2: Commonwealth Teaching Scholarships Program

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New students commencing teaching degrees in Australia in 2024 can register their interest in applying for scholarships of up to $40,000 to support their studies. The $160 million Commonwealth Teaching Scholarships program aims to attract high-quality candidates to teaching to address teacher workforce shortages.

These scholarships extend to both recent school graduates and individuals transitioning into teaching from other professions. The Commonwealth Teaching Scholarships program will allocate 1,000 scholarships annually over the next five years, as an integral part of the National Teacher Workforce Action Plan.  

Recipients of the Commonwealth Teaching Scholarships will be required to work as teachers in government schools or government-run early learning settings, for a period equivalent to the duration of their teaching degree.

The scholarship package comprises $40,000 for undergraduate teaching students, allocated as $10,000 per year for a four-year course. Postgraduate teaching students will receive $20,000, allocated as $10,000 per year for a two-year postgraduate study period.

As well as high-achieving school leavers, the initiative also seeks to encourage mid-career professionals to become teachers, First Nations peoples, people with disability, people for whom English is an additional language or dialect, individuals from rural, regional and remote locations or from low socio-economic backgrounds to become teachers.

Applications open soon and close on 14 January 2024. People can register their interest in applying for scholarships.

For further details, you can review the media release from the Hon Jason Clare MP, Minister for Education: Commonwealth Teaching Scholarships: Old school idea to tackle new school challenge

To register your interest, visit:

Correct at time of publication.