Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarships

The Department of Education provides scholarships to high-achieving individuals who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are studying or intend to study an undergraduate or postgraduate initial teacher education program and would like to make a difference in the lives of young Queenslanders by becoming a state school teacher.

As well as accessing generous financial benefits, scholarship recipients have the opportunity to obtain valuable experience and consolidate their skills through teaching in a supportive environment after graduation.

About the scholarship

Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship recipients receive a comprehensive range of support including:

  • up to $20,000 to assist with study and other expenses during the study period
  • the opportunity to secure permanent employment as a teacher in a Queensland state school after graduation
  • assistance in securing professional experience placements or an internship in Queensland state schools
  • opportunities to engage with other scholarship recipients
  • access to a range of departmental resources, professional networks and support.

Scholarship categories

Secondary School Graduates (up to $20,000)

Recipients must have completed Year 12 and be commencing or continuing an undergraduate initial teacher education program (such as a Bachelor of Education) in the first semester of the year following completion of Year 12 schooling.

Postgraduate Students (up to $10,000)

Recipients must already hold a degree in a relevant field and be commencing or continuing a postgraduate initial teacher education program (such as a Master of Teaching).

Department of Education Employees (up to $20,000)

Recipients must be employed in a non-teaching role with the Department of Education and be commencing or continuing an undergraduate or postgraduate initial teacher education program (such as a Bachelor of Education or Master of Teaching).

Post-School Studies (up to $20,000)

Recipients must be commencing or continuing an undergraduate or postgraduate initial teacher education program (such as a Bachelor of Education or Master of Teaching) and do not meet the eligibility criteria for any of the other categories, for example mature age students.

How to apply

Applications for the 2019 Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship have closed.

Register your interest to be notified when applications for the 2020 Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarships open.

Further information

Specific enquiries may be directed to the Scholarships and Grants team, Human Resources Branch by email at scholarships@qed.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3055 2991.

Last updated 18 December 2018

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