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Beyond the Range - Professional Experience Grants

Applications for the 2016 Beyond the Range - Professional Experience Grants are now open and close 5pm, Friday 12 February 2016.

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The Beyond the Range - Professional Experience Grants support high-achieving preservice teachers to undertake a professional experience in a rural or remote Queensland state school.

Grants of up to $2,000 are available to enable preservice teachers to broaden their skills, professional teaching experience and employment opportunities in eligible rural or remote Queensland locations.

Visit Teach Rural for more information about teaching in rural and remote school communities.

Why undertake a rural or remote professional experience placement?

Completing a professional experience placement in a rural or remote state school is a great opportunity to appreciate these diverse communities, challenge perceptions of what it is like to live and work in a rural or remote location and make informed choices about future employment options.

Teachers in rural and remote locations generally have:

Undertaking a professional experience placement in a rural or remote location gives successful grant recipients the opportunity to:

Grant support

Grant recipients receive:

All state schools are assigned an Education Queensland Zone - metropolitan, provincial city, rural or remote. These cash grants are only available to those state schools zoned "rural" or "remote" as follows:

Use the Schools Directory Map to search for individual schools, sort schools by transfer rating, or to view our region and zone boundaries.

Applicants should note that in addition to being zoned rural or remote, the school in which the professional experience placement is to occur must be located 90 minutes or more from their primary place of residence while at university.


To be eligible to apply for this scholarship applicants must:

All interested preservice teachers who meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply.

Applications from preservice teachers undertaking a placement in a home school setting supported by a Distance Education program will also be considered.

Grant payments

Offers of grants will be made once the selection process has been completed. Offers will be conditional until confirmation of professional experience placement in an eligible school is provided.

Grant offers cannot be deferred or used in any semester other than the one for which the grant was offered.

Lump sum grant payments will be paid within the two-three weeks prior to departure, provided all the required documentation has been submitted to the department. Grant funds can be used at the recipient's discretion, however, they are intended to be used to assist with expenses related to the placement, such as travel, accommodation and living expenses.

Scholarship and grant recipients are encouraged to seek independent financial advice regarding taxation matters and self-education expenses. Information about the taxation on scholarships and grants is available from the Australian Tax Office website.

Recipients who withdraw from their studies or their professional experience after payment of the grant may be required to repay some or all of the funds.

Beyond the Range schools

Eligible Beyond the Range schools are located in any of the seven regions within Queensland but must have an Education Queensland Zone of "rural" or "remote".

Use the Schools Directory Map to search for individual schools, sort schools by transfer rating, or to view our region and zone boundaries.

Additional support

Additional support or financial assistance may be available from other sources including the applicant's higher education institution or the Isolated Children's Parents' Association (ICPA). Schools may be able to connect recipients with Local Accommodation Committees (LAC) to assist with inquiries regarding affordable accommodation options.

Application process and supporting documents

Detailed information about the application and selection process is provided below. Applicants will be required to complete an online application.

2016 Beyond the Range Fact Sheet Adobe PDF document573K

2016 Beyond the Range Checklist Adobe PDF document355K

Selection process

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:

Applicants made a conditional offer of a grant will need to submit additional information to accept the offer. Payment of the grant will be made generally two weeks before undertaking the placement.

Enquiries and further information

Enquiries may be directed to or by telephone on (07) 3055 2991.

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