Future Teachers Bursary


If you’re in Year 10, 11 or 12 and want to become a teacher, some Higher Education Institutions (often referred to as universities) offer programs that allow you to start studying courses toward your teaching degree before you graduate high school.

A 'unit' or 'course' is the word universities use to describe something similar to your school subjects.

If you have been accepted into one of these programs, we can provide additional financial support to get you started in your teaching career with our Future Teachers Bursary.

Why you should apply

You can finish your teaching degree faster, as you will have completed some of the required tertiary courses while you’re still at school.

Generally, universities cover payment for the first course you complete.

The Future Teachers Bursary will provide you with up to $200 to help cover study costs related to your program. This may include text books, stationery, photocopying and campus visits.

Who the bursary is for

To apply you must:

How to apply

  • Talk to your parents/carer first and then apply to one of the approved university programs.
  • Once accepted and selected your course/s of study, talk to your school about applying for the Future Teachers Bursary.
  • Your school will need to complete the Future Teachers Bursary application form on your behalf.

They must provide:

  • evidence that you have been accepted into a program and education course/s
  • evidence of payment of fees for education course/s (if applicable)
  • your parent's/carer's permission to apply for the bursary.

Applications for the Future Teacher Bursary are currently open.

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Terms, conditions and other important information

Participating universities for the Future Teachers Bursary and Future Teachers Program (PDF, 159KB) may differ. For more information about the Future Teachers Program, head to the information for career advisors section.

You must have permission from your school principal (or delegate) and a parent/carer to apply.

You may only apply for 1 bursary payment per course. If you are studying more than 1 course in a semester, you will need to complete an additional bursary application.

Bursary payments will be made to the school, who will then reimburse funds to you, where relevant.

The payment is intended to be used to assist with study expenses related to the course only.

There are a limited number of Bursary places available.

If you withdraw from your course after receiving the payment, you may be required to repay the bursary.

Further information

If you have questions about any of the courses listed above (like start dates, campus attendance and study loads) you can contact the relevant university directly.

If you want to know more about our Future Teachers Bursary, email the Future Teachers team at

Last updated 17 February 2021