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Rural Nurse Leadership Scholarships

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Foundation in collaboration with Bupa is delighted to offer six scholarships for rural registered nurses who are Mid-Career Nurse Leaders to complete a six-month Mid-Career Nurse Leadership Program in 2022.

Three scholarships will be offered in recognition of Sister Nancy Harris and three scholarships offered in recognition of Sister Mary Eleanor McGlade.

Applications are now open and will close 11:59pm AEDT Monday 31 January 2022.

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ACN Grants and Awards

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The following are available to ACN Fellows, Members and non-members. Eligibility criteria are listed for each award:


  • 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
  • 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.


The following are available to nurses who have been an ACN Fellow or Member for at least three consecutive years or more. Additional eligibility criteria are listed for each award:


  • ACN Research Grant – $10,000
    Available towards PhD, Post doctorate or research studies conducted at an Australian institution or organisation.
  • Florence Nightingale Memorial Scholarship – $10,000
    Available towards Doctoral or postdoctoral studies at an Australian Higher Education Institution.
  • Sister Margaret Y Winning Scholarship – $10,000
    Currently enrolled or intending to enrol at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2022 in a nursing Masters program or a doctorate program.
  • 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.
  • Myrtle Ivy Quicke Memorial Grant - $5,000
    Available towards Doctoral or postdoctoral studies in nursing at an Australian university.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Annie M Sage Memorial Grant - $10,000
    Available towards postgraduate research studies in nursing at an Australian university.
  • ACN Scholarship Grant - $5,000
    Available towards postgraduate or honours studies at an Australian higher education institution.
  • Joyce Wickham Memorial Grant - $5,000
    Available towards Doctoral studies in nursing at an Australian University.


For further information about ACN Grants and Awards, please contact


Other opportunities

Other awards

  • Health Minister’s Award for Nursing Trailblazers
    Offered by the Hon. Greg Hunt MP in conjunction with ACN to recognise a nurse who has demonstrated leadership to bring new thinking to a wide range of health care challenges.
    Find out more.
  • Parkinson’s Care Postgraduate Unit of Study Award
    Up to $2,500 towards ACN’s Parkinson’s Care postgraduate unit of study course.
    Must be a Queensland-based registered nurse.