Scholarships and Programs

Health education scholarships

The Australian Government provides health workforce education support through a number of scholarship programs. The majority of these are managed within the Health Workforce Division of the Department of Health and Aged Care. As part of the 2023-24 Budget, changes to scholarship arrangements were announced. Focusing on nursing, midwifery, First Nations health workers and international medical graduates, these scholarships will boost the workforce in regional and rural areas and areas of workforce shortage including aged care.

This includes funding for: a new pre-fellowship program for non-vocational doctors to support international medical graduates to work in primary care and remain in rural communities; 6,000 clinical placements for nursing students in primary healthcare nursing; and 1,850 postgraduate scholarships to train more nurse practitioners and endorsed midwives.

Various state and territory health departments also offer scholarships for students as well as qualified health professionals.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships

There are a number of scholarships that are specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, available through the Department of Health and Aged Care, including: the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (PHMSS), the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme (ATSIPSS), and Australian Rotary Indigenous Health Scholarships (IHS). Essentially, these scholarships aim to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' participation in tertiary education and the health workforce. University Departments of Rural Health (UDRHs) may offer financial assistance to students whilst on placement to cover travel, living and accommodation costs. Some UDRHs may also offer scholarships for students from their regions.

Information on a range of scholarship opportunities are included in the list below. Please note this list is not exhaustive and NRHA do not take responsibility for the accuracy of the data.

If an organisation who provides scholarships would like to be included in this list, please contact NRHA at [email protected]

Scholarships by organisation

Australian College of Nursing

  • Aged Care Nursing and Allied Health Scholarships
  • Mental Health Nursing, Allied Health and Psychology Scholarships
  • The ACN Foundation administers a number of nursing grants
  • The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (PHMSS)
  • Victorian Government’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Scholarship program
  • List of nursing scholarships available through other organisations.

Australian Dental Association

  • Scholarships for dental practitioner students.

  • Foundation scholarships for Indigenous allied dental practitioner students.

Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association

Links to scholarship and financial support opportunities.

Australian Medical Association

  • Scholarship to support Indigenous students to complete a medical degree.

Australian Medical Students Association

  • The inaugural Boots to Scrubs: Rural Women in Medicine scholarship, aims to inspire, empower, and support rural women to pursue a career as a rural doctor.

Australian Rotary Health

  • Scholarships for Rural Medicine, Rural Nursing and Indigenous Health

Country Education Foundation of Australia

A useful tool where you can search by health professions state and university for available scholarships.


  • Information on and links to CRANAplus-and other rural scholarships and grants.

Department of Education (Commonwealth)

  • Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships (RRES).
  • RRES is administered by The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Franklin Women

The Franklin Women Carer’s Scholarship aims to reduce the financial and logistical barriers associated with primary caring responsibilities to enable health and medical researchers to participate fully in valuable career opportunities.

Indigenous Allied Health Australia

  • Links to IAHA and other scholarship opportunities.

National Rural Health Student Network

  • Links to scholarship opportunities offered by a range of organisations.

Northern Territory Health

  • Information on and links to NT Health-managed rural scholarship and rural scholarships managed by other organisations (last updated 2020).

  • NT Health Aboriginal scholarship scheme.

NSW Health

  • Information on and links to NSW Health-managed rural scholarships and other rural scholarships.

Pharmacy Programs Administrator

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme

  • Rural support programs

Queensland Health

  • Queensland Health Mental Health Scholarship Scheme

  • Allied Health Scholarships

  • Example of a regional nursing scholarship

Rural Doctors Association (RDA) NSW – Dr Andrew Egan Rural Medical Scholarship

This scholarship is open to medical students from rural NSW who have relocated to study at university in NSW or ACT, and who currently are in their 2nd year of medicine.
Dr Andrew Egan Rural Medical Scholarship (

Royal Flying Doctors Service

  • Links to a number of state-based RFDS scholarship programs.

Rural Workforce Agencies

  • Links to each state- and the NT-based Rural Workforce Agency, where there is information on bursary, scholarship and grant opportunities.

SA Health

  • Information on rural health scholarships

  • Aboriginal health scholarship program

Scholarship and study assistance for nurses and midwives.

Tasmanian Department of Health

Links to various scholarship opportunities for a range of health professional students.

Victorian Department of Health

Links to various scholarship opportunities for a range of health professional students.


  • Individual universities may offer scholarships. Examples are provided here for QUT.

  • Also see Country Education Foundation of Australia above.

WA Health

  • Nursing and midwifery scholarships




Ended scholarships


The Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme managed by NRHA, assisted selected students with a rural background to study medicine at university. In addition to their rural background, RAMUS scholarship holders were selected on the basis of financial need and demonstrated commitment to working in rural Australia in the future. More


The NRHA managed Stream 2 of the Rural Health Continuing Education program that supported continuing professional development (CPD) for health professionals working in more remote areas.

From 2010 to 2015, RHCE2 provided support to 119 projects which helped around 8,500 health professionals. This work strengthened our understanding of an increasingly important workforce development and retention strategy – one which will be critical in addressing future workforce issues. Funding for this program ceased in 2015. More


The NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship was sponsored by Senator John Williams and managed by NRHA. It provided support to a person with strong links to regional New South Wales commencing dentistry studies.

The scholarship expired when Senator Williams retired at the May 2019 election. More

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