Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship


​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and are studying or intend to study an undergraduate or postgraduate teacher qualification, our Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship might be right for you.

So we can encourage and support our aspiring teachers, this scholarship provides generous financial benefits and the opportunity to gain valuable experience and skills teaching in a supportive environment while you study (on a full-time basis) and after graduation.

The scholarship is named in honour of Dr Pearl Duncan, an Aboriginal teacher who has dedicated her life to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in education. Pearl is an accomplished individual with a long history in the education sector. She has taught students from primary school to university and has contributed to research work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies.

Pearl has the honour of being the first Aboriginal school teacher in Australia who was trained at a tertiary institution and holds a PhD in Aboriginal Cultural Studies, a Master of Education, a Bachelor of Letters Anthropology (Honours) and a NSW Teacher's Certificate. Her many accolades include being named Senior Australian of the Year (Queensland) in 2004 and being awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for increasing Aboriginal participation in education.

Why you should apply

As a Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship recipient, you could receive:

  • up to $20,000 (before tax) to help you with study and related expenses, and
  • permanent employment as a teacher in a Queensland state school when you graduate.

Who the scholarship is for

This scholarship offers support to aspiring teachers in the following categories:

How to apply

Applications for the 2022 Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship close at midnight on Friday 10 December 2021.

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

  • Proof of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Academic/school results for Years 11 and 12 
  • Tertiary Entrance evidence (application confirmation for entry or confirmation of place where an early offer has been made)
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Step 2: Submit your online application and attachments via the Smart Jobs “Apply now” button below.

Apply now


​If you have any questions about this scholarship, contact our Scholarships and Grants team by email at or phone (07) 3055 2991.​​

2021 scholarship recipients

Janis Assan, Badu Island

Grace Pfingst, Buderim

Jamie-Lee Wiley, Cherbourg

Kathleen Murphy, Claremont Meadows

Carly Ginn, Edens Landing

Moniqua Lui, Goldsborough

Katherine McIndoe, Granville

Rhani Perkins, Greenbank

Jake Ginardi, Morayfield

Sophia Yasso, Park Avenue

Shauna Fisher, Roma

Nicole Beardmore, St George

Quincee Bobongie, St Helens Beach

Jamie McPherson, Trinity Beach

Kobi Hagen-Mullins, Worongary​​​


2021 grant recipients

Morghan Egan, Moranbah

Lili Mills, Rosemount

Mimma Sporne, Taranganba

Jaylana Taoso, Wellington Point

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Last updated 24 September 2021