Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarships

​​The Department of Education provides scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who 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.

The scholarship is open to high-achieving individuals who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and are already studying or intend to study an initial undergraduate or postgraduate teaching qualification.

Scholarship recipients will receive financial incentives, the opportunity for permanent employment and a supported transition into the teaching profession.​

Scholarship support

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 and
  • access to a range of departmental resources, professional networks and support.

Scholarship categories

The Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship Program offers four categories of support:

  • Secondary School Graduates (up to $20,000)
Recipients must have completed Year 12 in 2018 and be commencing or continuing an undergraduate initial teacher education program (such as a Bachelor of Education) in Semester 1, 2019.

  • 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 Graduate Diploma in Education) in Semester 1, 2019.

  • Department of Education Employees (up to $20,000)
Recipients must be employed in a non-teaching role with the Department of Education and be enrolled, commencing or continuing an undergraduate or postgraduate initial teacher education program (such as a Bachelor of Education or Graduate Diploma in Education) in Semester 1, 2019.

  • Post-School Studies (up to $20,000)
Recipients must be enrolled, commencing or continuing an undergraduate or postgraduate initial teacher education program (such as a Bachelor of Education or Graduate Diploma in Education) in Semester 1, 2019 and do not meet the eligibility criteria for any of the above categories, for example mature age students.

Further information

Apply o​nline or for further information email scholarships@qed.qld.gov.au. Applications close 30 November 2018.

Last updated 12 October 2018

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