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Scholarships and awards

The department offers a range of scholarships to school leavers, post-graduate students, departmental employees and employees in the early childhood education and care sector. Some scholarships are also available to post-school applicants.

From time to time additional scholarships may be offered.

For school students

The Premier's Anzac Prize recognises and rewards exceptional understanding and expression of the Anzac tradition by Queensland high school students.

Creative Generation Excellence Awards in the Arts recognise and celebrate talented senior arts students in the forms of contemporary and instrumental music, dance, drama, visual art and design and film, television and new media.

The Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education recognise and reward students, teachers, schools and organisations demonstrating outstanding and innovative contributions to science and science education in Queensland.

StuditaliA Prize recognises and rewards the achievements of Year 12 students of Italian.

Shanghai International Sister Cities Youth Camp offers the opportunity for five Year 11 students and one teacher chaperone to attend the annual Shanghai International Sister Cities Youth Camp.

For early childhood education and care employees

Kindy Rural and Remote Teacher Incentive Scheme offers financial support to eligible early childhood teachers commencing employment in an eligible long day care or kindergarten service in a rural or remote community.

Early Childhood Teacher Scholarships and Early Childhood Teacher Scholarships for Advanced Diploma holders support existing early childhood education and care staff who hold a minimum three (3) year Higher Education Institution qualification and are not registered with the Queensland College of Teachers. (From 2014, the department will no longer offer new scholarships in this program).

For Year 12 graduates

TJ Ryan Memorial Medals and Scholarships are awarded each year to support exemplary Queensland students who demonstrate outstanding leadership in their school and the broader community as well as academic excellence through their achievements in Year 12.

The Aspiring Teacher 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.

For university students

Step into Teaching Scholarships support eligible individuals to become Science, Mathematics and Industrial Technology and Design teachers in Queensland state high schools. Scholarship recipients receive generous financial study assistance and the opportunity for permanent employment in a Queensland state high school.

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.

The Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education recognise and reward students, teachers, schools and organisations demonstrating outstanding and innovative contributions to science and science education in Queensland.

For vocational education and training students

TAFE Queensland External Link offers a selection of scholarships aimed to support both new and continuing students in their educational pursuits. Information regarding the specific eligibility and selection criteria associated with each scholarship is available on the TAFE Queensland website.

Vocational education and training scholarships competitions and awards External Link
Details about various scholarships, competitions and awards available for students in vocational education and training.

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Lambert McBride Perpetual Bursary provides the opportunity for one Indigenous tertiary student to continue Mr McBride's legacy through their personal commitment and contribution within their local community.

Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarships assist aspiring teachers who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander to complete an initial preservice teacher education program and make a difference in education.

For teachers/school leaders

Cooper-Hewitt Fellowship External Link
The Cooper-Hewitt Fellowship provides an opportunity for a registered Queensland school teacher to undertake design education in New York at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, a Smithsonian Institution facility.

The Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education recognise and reward students, teachers, schools and organisations demonstrating outstanding and innovative contributions to science and science education in Queensland.

For non-teaching employees

Note: this includes teacher aides and public servants.

Professional Development for public servants at the Professional Development website provides information on programs available to public servants wishing to develop their leadership and management skills.

Awards open to all employees

Australia Day Achievement Awards reward and recognise significant contributions made by employees to the department and the wider community. Officers can be nominated under one of the following categories:

Nominations open in late October annually.

For more information please email the Awards Coordinator.

Public Service Medal - Department of Education and Training staff are invited to nominate their colleagues for the Public Service Medal which is awarded on Australia Day and the Queen's Birthday annually. The Public Service Medal recognises outstanding employee service across federal, state, territory and local governments. Nominations should include a short executive summary of up to 200 words, at least three referee statements and full position details of the nominee. Nominations close in July and December each year.

For more information visit the program's website at Public Service Medal, or email DET's Awards Coordinator.

Other useful links

Scholarships and awards are also available from other sources including universities and other state and national providers. Some links are provided below or through the department's Learning Place site.

The department's Higher Education website links to information about university scholarships, programs and courses, fees and loans, careers and guidance, graduate employment, other Australian universities and admission centres, and vocational education and training.

An extensive range of international and domestic scholarships offerings is maintained in the Australian Career Information Register: Scholarships External Link. Visit this free site to register your interest.

For further information, email Workforce Initiatives.

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership External LinkLimited (AITSL) recognises teachers and school leaders for their expert knowledge, exemplary skills and inspirational commitment to meet the needs of young Australians annually.

Queensland Government Scholarships and Awards External Link

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