Aspiring Teacher Grant


If you have decided to become a teacher, our Aspiring Teacher Grants will help you to get started.

Why you should apply

If successful, you will receive a one-off lump-sum payment of $2,500 for general applicants or $5,000 for rural or remote residents during the first semester of study to assist with study-related expenses such as a computer, textbooks and stationery.

For students from rural or remote communities, the funds can assist with additional expenses incurred, when moving from your home to undertake study. Funds will be paid after confirmation of enrolment in an eligible initial teacher education course (ITE).

Who the scholarship is for

To apply for an Aspiring Teacher Grant, you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or have permanent residency status in Australia
  • successfully complete Year 12 at any Queensland school during the current calendar year
  • obtain an Overall Position (OP) of between 1 and 6 (or equivalent)
  • commence an initial teacher education program at a Queensland university or tertiary institution in the first semester of the year after you graduated Year 12
  • not have already accepted one of our other scholarships or grants to support your tertiary studies.

In addition to the general eligibility criteria above, rural or remote applicants must also reside within the catchment of a Queensland state school with a transfer rating of between 3 and 7 as per the Department of Education schools directory.

Priority selection will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and students who reside in drought affected communities. Drought declared regions can be viewed on the drought situation map provided by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Applications for the 2020 Aspiring Teacher Grants program close at midnight on Friday 13 December 2019.

How to apply

Applications for the 2020 Aspiring Teacher Grants program close at midnight on Friday 13 December 2019.

Step 1: Gather the supporting documents you need to attach to your online application:

  • authority to release Overall Position
  • academic/school results for Years 11 and 12
  • proof of Australian Citizenship/permanent residency status
  • tertiary entrance evidence (where an early offer has been made)
  • resume/curriculum vitae
  • signed declaration form
  • other where applicable
    • proof of residential address (rural/remote applicants only)
    • if already studying an ITE course during year 12—academic result's transcript (Semester 2, 2019) and evidence of continued enrolment for Semester 1, 2020.

Step 2: Submit your online application on the Smart Jobs website.

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If you’d rather talk to someone from our team for more information, contact our Scholarships and Grants team by email or phone (07) 3055 2991.


If you want to have an awesome life, then be a teacher

Charley gives her perspective about being a first year Indigenous teacher in a secondary school in Townsville. Her own Year 11 teacher inspired her to embark on a journey to take on teaching as a career.

Last updated 21 October 2019