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.

It is the wish of her family that Ivanka be remembered through this scholarship and thereby assist other nurses who have come to Australia, to transition from a nursing career in their home country and achieve a meaningful and successful career in Australia.


Ivanka Sucher

Image source: Bernhard Sucher


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


Who can apply?

To be eligible for the scholarship applicants must:

  • have undertaken a pre-registration or bridging program in order to gain registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • hold a current practicing certificate with AHPRA
  • currently employed as a nurse
  • has received Australian refugee status
  • migrated from an overseas country where English is not their first language
  • currently or intending to enrol into a postgraduate nursing course in 2022
  • identify a workplace sponsor who will support them during the program. The primary role of  the sponsor will be to act as a sounding board for thoughts and ideas and to help ensure the  applicant feels supported and energised during the program.

Selection criteria

  • what would the Ivanka Sucher Humanitarian Scholarship mean to you, personally and professionally, addressing the following criteria:
    • Motivation - demonstrate your resilience in the face of adversity
    • Achievement - what are your successes
    • Skills - what skills do you bring to the profession as a refugee/immigrant nurse
    • Ambition - where do you see yourself in the future in your nursing career
    • Aptitude - demonstrate your aptitude to nursing

Documents required

  • proof of identity (Birth certificate or Drivers license)
  • confirmation of refugee/immigration status (Birth certificate, passport, evidence of immigration status card, Immicard, Citizen by Descent certificate)
  • current nurse registration certificate. This can be a copy of your registration certificate or print out from www.ahpra.gov.au
  • current curriculum vitae with contact details of two referees
  • confirmation of acceptance in postgraduate education or program and details of associated costs
  • Support letter from workplace sponsor

The scholarship will be awarded to the applicants who can best demonstrate their suitability in their response to the selection criteria.

Applicants are asked to complete and submit this form along with the required documents, which can be uploaded within this application.


Contact us

e: scholarships@acn.edu.au
t: 1800 117 262