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.
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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:
A Fact Sheet is available to assist with information about the Beyond the Range Professional Experience Grants program.
Grant recipients receive:
All state schools are assigned an EQ Zone -metropolitan, provincial city, rural or remote. These cash grants are only available to those state schools zoned "rural" or "remote" as follows:
A list of state schools and their corresponding EQ Zones is available.
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 200km 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.
Preference will be provided to preservice teachers who are participating in a Teacher Education Centre of Excellence program, wishing to undertake a placement in a Rural and Remote Education Access Program (RREAP) school or who are seeking to teach in the Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 9) learning phase.
Applications from preservice teachers undertaking a placement in a home school setting supported by a Distance Education program will also be considered.
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 will be for Semester 1 or 2 in 2015 and 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 ATO 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.
Eligible Beyond the Range schools are located in any of the seven Regions within Queensland but must have an EQ Zone of "rural" or "remote". A Queensland state schools geographic table detail a list of schools and their EQ Zones and Regions. Regional maps are also available to assist with location considerations.
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.
Applicants will be required to complete an online application form and email a range of supporting documentation including:
Application forms are to be completed and submitted online.
Supporting documents required are outlined in this Checklist .
Applicants will receive an email with instructions on how to submit their supporting documents to the Scholarships Team upon successful completion of the application form.
Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:
Key dates for 2015:
Term 4, 2014
Closing date for applications where placements will occur in Semester 1, 2015
Closing date for applications where placements will occur in Semester 2, 2015
27 April 2015
Conditional offers made for Semester 1, 2015 placements
Approximately 22 December 2014
Conditional offers made for Semester 2, 2015 placements
Approximately 18 May 2015
Please note, some early offers may be made for Semester 2, 2015 placements so applicants are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible before the final closing date.
Applicants will have one week from the conditional offer of a grant in which to indicate acceptance of the offer. Payment of the grant will be made upon confirmation of placement location and dates, generally two weeks before undertaking the placement.
Enquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on (07) 3055 2991.
This page was last reviewed on 08 Dec 2014
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