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Aspiring Teacher Grants

Applications for the 2014 Aspiring Teacher Grant are now closed.
Recipients of the 2014 Aspiring Teacher Grants Microsoft® Word document were announced on 29 April 2014.
Applications for 2015 are anticipated to open in Term 3, 2014.

Since first offered in 2012, the Aspiring Teacher Grants aim to promote teaching as a career path for high achieving secondary students.

The grants provide a one off cash incentive to high-achieving Year 12 school leavers who are starting their teaching career and undertaking an initial teacher education program at a Queensland higher education institution.

Grant support

Up to 25 grant recipients will receive a one-off payment of $1,500. The lump sum payment is made during the first semester at university to assist with study-related expenses such as textbooks and stationery.

Recipients must successfully complete at least the first semester of study of their initial teacher education program.

Recipients who withdraw from their initial teacher education program or change their enrolment to a non-education program after payment of the grant may be required to repay the department some or all of the funds.

Grant recipients are encouraged to seek independent financial advice regarding any impact this grant may have on taxation, government benefits and self-education expenses. Information about the taxation on scholarships and grants is available from the Australian Tax Office website.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for this grant, applicants must:

Grant Conditions

Recipients of an Aspiring Teacher Grant must:

Application process

Applications open in term three and close in December each year.

Applicants will be required to provide a range of documentation including:

Selection process

The department will offer grants through a merit selection basis determined by the written application.

Applicants will be assessed with respect to the following criteria:

Frequently asked questions

I have not yet submitted my application for entry into university for next year. Can I still apply?

Yes, however you will need to provide the required document as soon as possible. Evidence of your applying for HEI entry is required in the assessment process.

I haven't received my OP yet. Can I still apply for the Aspiring Teacher Grant?

Yes. Send in your application form with all the required documentation, then forward evidence of your OP as soon as you receive it. The application includes an authorisation form that you need to sign that authorises the department to obtain your OP from the Queensland Studies Authority.

I am studying under the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and will not receive an OP. Am I able to apply?

Yes, however your IB result will need to translate to the equivalent of OP 1 to 5.

At the time of submitting my application, I have not yet been offered a placement in a preservice/initial teacher education course, nor have I enrolled in subjects. Am I still able to apply?

Yes. You will need to send in evidence of the offer as soon as you have accepted it with the university. You will then need to submit evidence of having enrolled in the first semester subjects as part of the grant acceptance process.

Will I hear the outcome of my application regardless of whether I am successful or not?

Yes, all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.

If my application is successful and an offer of a grant is made, what is required of me to accept the offer?

You will need to provide us with:

If my application for a grant is not successful, is there any other financial support available to assist me to undertake my study in a preservice teacher education program?

View our list of all scholarshps and grants available through the department. Financial assistance may also be available from other sources such as your Higher Education Institution.

Enquiries and further information

For specific scholarship enquiries email scholarships@dete.qld.gov.au or telephone (07) 3055 2991.

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