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Matron Irene (Melville) Drummond and Esther Sarah Jean (Stewie) Stewart Scholarships


The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Foundation in collaboration with Serco are delighted to offer two scholarships to support mental health nurses and nurses in rural and remote areas to support their studies.

The two scholarships are:

  • Matron Irene (Melville) Drummond Scholarship     
  • Esther Sarah Jean (Stewie) Stewart Scholarship     

Applications closed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by mid-November 2022.

 

ACN Study Tour Scholarship - Africa Nursing Tour


The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is providing an opportunity for Fellows and Members to enhance their learning and professional skills by attending the Jon Baines Tour Nursing Study Tour to South Africa from 3 November 2022 to 14 November 2022.

Four places are available and each scholarship is valued at $5,000 per person. Please note that this cost does not include international flights and airport transfers.

The tour will commence in Johannesburg and will finish in Cape Town. For more information please visit the Jon Baines Tours website.

Applications closed.

Applications are now open and close 11:59pm AEST, Monday 18 July 2022.

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Ivanka Sucher Humanitarian Scholarship


The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Foundation in collaboration with the family of the late Ivanka Sucher is delighted to offer the Ivanka Sucher Humanitarian Scholarship.

The Ivanka Sucher Humanitarian Scholarship will be administered by the Australian College of Nursing to assist overseas nurses who enter Australia as refugees or overseas qualified nurses to gain post graduate education to ensure that they work to the best of their ability and to their full scope of practice in Australia.

Applications closed for 2022. Applicants will be advised of the outcome mid-July 2022.

 

ACN Grants and Awards


Applications are now closed for 2022. Applicants will be advised of the outcome mid-July 2022.

Member & non-member grants

Laura Saunderson Fund – two valued $4,000

Funding for continuing education for nurses working in aged care within Western Australia.
Eligibility: Open to ACN Fellows, Members and non-members working in aged care in Western Australia.

Eric Murray Achievement Award – $1,500

The award is to assist with continuing professional development or community work that is judged beneficial to the nursing profession and public.
Eligibility: Open to current ACN students enrolled in one of the following ACN courses: 

  • ACN graduate certificate course
  • Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Bridging & Re-entry)
  • Immunisation for Health Practitioners

 

 

Member-exclusive grants

> For undergraduates

Patricia Slater Award

This award is for a registered nurse who is within the first three years of graduating from an undergraduate nursing course. The prize is registration, travel and accommodation to attend the ACN National Nursing Forum.
Eligibility: Must be a Member of ACN.

 

> For research

ACN Research Grant – $10,000

Available towards PhD, Post doctorate or research studies conducted at an Australian institution or organisation.
Eligibility: Must be an ACN Fellow or Member for at least three consecutive years or more.

 

College Consortium Research Grant - $30,000

The research grant is available to registered nurses and midwives to conduct a research project that aims to improve access, equity, quality, and outcomes in health care. Applications from research collectives and multidisciplinary groups are encouraged. Both the applicants and at least one co-investigator must be a member of ACN and has been for the past three years or more.
Eligibility: Must be an ACN Fellow or Member for at least three consecutive years or more.

 

Annie M Sage Memorial Grant - $10,000

Available towards postgraduate research studies in nursing at an Australian university.
Eligibility: Must be an ACN Fellow or Member for at least three consecutive years or more.

 

Centaur Nurses Memorial Education Trust - $5,000

Available towards postgraduate research studies in nursing at an Australian University and only for registered nurses practicing in Victoria.
Eligibility: Must be an ACN Fellow or Member for at least three consecutive years or more.

 

> For postgraduate studies

Sister Margaret Y Winning Scholarship – $10,000

Eligibility: 

  • Currently enrolled or intending to enrol at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2022 in a nursing Masters program or a doctorate program.
  • Must be an ACN Fellow or Member for at least three consecutive years or more.

The Sul Stuart Fraser Scholarship (5 available)

This scholarship is open to registered nurses wishing to undertake the ACN Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing in 2022. The scholarship covers the cost of the course fees.
Eligibility:

  • Currently working in a perioperative environment and have a minimum of one-year postgraduate experience.
  • Must be an ACN Fellow or Member for at least three consecutive years or more.

 

ACN Scholarship Grant - $5,000

Available towards postgraduate or honours studies at an Australian higher education institution.
Eligibility: Must be an ACN Fellow or Member for at least three consecutive years or more.

 

> For doctoral or postdoctoral studies

Florence Nightingale Memorial Scholarship – $10,000

Available towards Doctoral or postdoctoral studies at an Australian Higher Education Institution.
Eligibility: Must be an ACN Fellow or Member for at least three consecutive years or more.

 

Myrtle Ivy Quicke Memorial Grant - $5,000

Available towards Doctoral or postdoctoral studies in nursing at an Australian university.
Eligibility: Must be an ACN Fellow or Member for at least three consecutive years or more.

 

Joyce Wickham Memorial Grant - $5,000

Available towards Doctoral studies in nursing at an Australian University.
Eligibility: Must be an ACN Fellow or Member for at least three consecutive years or more.

 

 

Other opportunities


Health Minister’s Award for Nursing Trailblazers

The only award of its kind in Australia, the Health Minister’s Award for Nursing Trailblazers recognises nurse leaders and innovators who lead the way to transform our health and aged care systems by impacting costs, improving quality of care and enhancing consumer satisfaction. The award acknowledges nurse-led innovations and models of care which significantly improve health outcomes for the Australian community through evidence-based processes.
Eligibility:
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Parkinson’s Care Postgraduate Unit of Study Award

Up to $2,500 towards ACN’s Parkinson’s Care postgraduate unit of study course.
Eligibility:
Must be a Queensland-based registered nurse.