ACN Foundation – we’re here for nurses


The ACN Foundation provides access, through funding, in support of initiatives that enhance, develop and recognize contributions made by Australian nurses that will improve the health of the Australian community and secure nurse history.

We collaborate with the community at large to raise funds in support of nurse-led initiative that focus on research, policy development and advocacy, education and scholarship, nurse leadership and the curation of Australian nurse history.

In addition to developing new opportunities in line with its mission, the ACN Foundation administers existing scholarships and grants of the Australian College of Nursing.

Scholarships, grants and awards

ACN administers a number of scholarships and grants that have been provided to ACN by our generous benefactors, some of whom have nominated specific eligibility and selection criteria for their awards. The following page lists available and future scholarships and grants and provides information on when they are available.

Past scholarship winners

Enjoy some real life stories of successful applicants.

Nursing study tours

Due to the 2020 COVID pandemic and subsequent shutdown for international travel opportunities, the ACN Foundation’s Nursing Study Tours have been put on hold until further notice.

However, with the opening on Australian state borders, the ACN Foundation is embarking on developing a series of Australian-focused tours for its members to broaden their perspectives through domestic travel. For the initial program in the series, we have partnered with renowned travel operator Jon Baines Tours to ensure a professionally delivered and exciting adventure occurs.

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Policy Fellows

The ACN Foundation Policy Fellows Program (AFPP) is the first nursing-specific health policy program to be offered in Australia. It demonstrates a commitment from the ACN Foundation to invest in the future of nursing and nursing leaders who will have the knowledge and skills to go on to positively influence health policy and Australia’s health care system. Under AFPP Policy Fellows will be afforded the opportunity to receive health policy and advocacy education and mentoring including skills around researching, writing, presenting and producing documents such as policy statements, commentaries, issues papers, white papers and scoping reviews.

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