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 grant 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 grant is for

To be eligible 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 ATAR result of 88.75 or higher—this requirement will change for the 2021 grants based on the ATAR system
  • commence an initial teacher education program at a Queensland university or tertiary institution in the first semester of the year after graduating Year 12
  • not have already accepted 1 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.

How to apply

Applications for the 2021 Aspiring Teacher Grants program close at midnight on Friday 11 December 2020.

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

  • Authority to Release ATAR result
  • Academic/school results for Years 11 (semesters 1 and 2) and 12 (semester 1 only)
  • Proof of Australian Citizenship/permanent residency status
  • Tertiary Entrance evidence (where an early offer has been made)
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Other where applicable:
    • For rural/remote applicants only: Proof of residential address (e.g. family rates notice)
    • If already studying an ITE course during year 12: academic results transcript (Semester 2, 2020) and evidence of continued enrolment for Semester 1, 2021.

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

Apply now


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 2927.


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Last updated 24 November 2020