Training and education for nurses and midwives

Ministerial nurse practitioner scholarships

Key Dates

Applications for round one 2019 have closed. Round two applications will open July 2019.

This scholarship scheme supports NT residents studying to be a Nurse Practitioner in the Northern Territory. Under this scheme, there are four Ministerial Nurse Practitioner Scholarships available to a value of $6 500 annually. Applicants apply for support each semester in which they are studying.


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Who can apply for the scholarship?

You are encouraged to apply for a Ministerial Scholarship if you are a nurse studying to be a Nurse Practitioner and meet the following:

  • Australian Citizens or Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizens who are Special Category Visa (SCV) Holders
  • Employed in a NT health service for one year or more
  • Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)
  • Enrolled at a NT education provider
  • Completed at least two units of study

Conditions of the scholarship

Scholarships are issued annually to a value of $6 500. You may only apply for reimbursement of expenses directly related to your studies in both Semester One and Two 2019. You are expected to itemise costs and attach proof of payment to the application form each item you are claiming.

The Ministerial Nurse Practitioner Scholarship may assist with:

  • course fees
  • reference books and textbooks
  • travel and accommodation for compulsory face-to-face residential course attendance/intensive practicum/clinical placement blocks
  • travel and accommodation for attendance at conferences pertinent to Nurse Practitioner clinical skill acquisition and professional role development
  • travel and accommodation for placements with interstate Nurse Practitioners for clinical skill acquisition and professional role development

Funding is not granted for:

  • loss of income such as salary/wages
  • computer hardware, software and internet access
  • accommodation for family members
  • NT Working with Children Card (Ochre Card) fees
  • first aid courses
  • child care or fuel while attending on-campus classes.

NOTE: If you receive financial assistance from the Department of Health or other sources, you must declare this on a Statutory Declaration. Other financial assistance is taken into account when evaluating your application.

How to apply for scholarship

You may apply for the Ministerial Nurse Practitioner Scholarships each year over the duration of your course. However it should not be assumed that successful applicants in one round will be successful in later rounds.

If you are unsuccessful, you may apply again providing you can meet the eligibility criteria.

Your online application cannot be saved and returned to later, have the following documents ready to start your application.

  • a copy of your birth certificate or passport and permanent resident visa
  • Fee Assessment Notice from your registered education provider
  • receipts for any expenses you plan to claim
  • a completed statutory declaration form declaring:

Please note all applications and supporting documents must be submitted online.

If you are not a Department of Health employee, you should submit a Vendor Application Form (37KB) with your application to receive payment.

How is your application assessed?

An Assessment Panel will review applications based on the merit of the material provided. The Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office will allocate funding according to the assessment panel’s recommendations.

Priority is given to applicants who have:

  • successfully completed more than two of their course units in the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
  • provided a well-developed and thought-out study plan with expenditure mapped to clinical skills and role development.

When the assessment process has been finalised, applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application via email.

Rights of Appeal

If you don’t agree with the result of your application, you may lodge a Letter of Appeal. Address to Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office, Department of Health, PO Box 40596, Casuarina NT 0811.

The Letter of Appeal should outline the nature and basis of the appeal. A copy of any other documentary evidence beyond the original application should accompany the letter, and be sent to NursingStudies.Assistance@nt.gov.au

The Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office will communicate the outcome of the appeal to the applicant in writing within 14 days.

How is the scholarship paid?

To claim your scholarship, evidence of successful completion of the units approved for funding must be provided. For example, an academic transcript.

You may apply for reimbursement of semester one claims either once semester one studies conclude, or apply for both semester one and two when studies for the calendar year concludes. Final date for evidence of successful completion of units for the 2019 Ministerial Scholarships is December 20 2019. Failure to send these results by the due date will void your scholarship.

Payment is only available through direct credit to your nominated bank account via your AGS or Vendor number. If you are a non-DoH employee, a vendor application will need to be completed and returned before the due date. You can download a copy of this form on the NT Nursing and Midwifery website.

You will receive advice of payment process via email. Please be aware that payment may take up to 30 days.

You must advise the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office via NursingStudies.Assistance@nt.gov.au of any changes to your circumstances, address or contact details.

You will only receive a reimbursement based on the units passed. If the unit is to be repeated in the following semester or academic year, you will need to reapply for study assistance for that unit.

Terms of payment

  • The Ministerial Nurse Practitioner Scholarships run on a reimbursement scheme.
  • Applications will only be considered complete if all required evidence and documentation is provided.
  • Applicants who are receiving sponsorship from other sources may not be eligible for grants, or may be eligible for a part payment only.
  • Funding for successful applicants will be approved, in principle, for the current semester expenditure. Proof of enrolment and fee payment are required.
  • Reimbursement of approved funding is provided on submission evidence of successful completion. Proof of completing units, for example an academic transcript is required. Evidence of successful completion must be provided for grant funding to be released
  • Funding may be provided for course fees, books, and travel and accommodation for attendance at residential components or supernumerary student placements. Payment may be negotiated for other costs associated with the study plan.

Contact

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office

Phone: 1800 000 648
Email: nursingstudies.assistance@nt.gov.au

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Last updated: 06 August 2019