The Aspiring Teacher Grantsprovide 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 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 are encouraged to seek independent financial advice regarding taxation matters and self-education expenses.
To be eligible to apply for this grant, applicants must:
successfully complete Year 12 at a Queensland state or non-state school in the current year
obtain an Overall Position (OP) score of between 1 and 5
commence an initial teacher education program at a Queensland Higher Education Institution in Semester 1 of the following year
have not already been offered a scholarship or grant from the department to support tertiary studies
be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or have permanent residency status in Australia.
Applications open in term three (August) and close in early December each year.
Applicants will be required to provide a range of documentation including:
a completed Aspiring Teacher Grant Application Form
evidence of high achieving Year 11 and 12 results
evidence of OP score of between 1 and 5
a statement of support from a senior staff member of the school in which Year 12 was completed detailing suitability to become a teacher
a written response to support the application
confirmation of acceptance into an initial teacher education program.
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:
Academic achievement through successful completion of Year 12 and achieving an OP score of 1 to 5
Offer and commencement of study in an approved preservice teacher education program in a Queensland Higher Education Institution
Commitment through motivation for and commitment to study and teaching.