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 dedicated her life to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in education. Pearl was an accomplished individual with a long history in the education sector. She taught students from primary school to university and contributed to research work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies.

Pearl had the honour of being the first Aboriginal school teacher in Australia who was trained at a tertiary institution and held 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 included 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 $40,000 (before tax) to help you with study and related expenses
  • 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 2024 Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship have now closed. Register your interest below and we'll alert you when applications for the 2025 scholarship program opens in Term 4.

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

2023 scholarship recipients

Bella Mahoney, Metropolitan

Brianna Knight, North Queensland

Cassandra Von Senden, Central Queensland

Celeste Miller, Far North

Gwendoline Button, Darling Downs-South West

Haylee Cornelius, Darling Downs-South West

Jayden Elder, Metropolitan

Jessica Addo, Far North

Kayla Donovan, Central Queensland

Keegan Irelandes, Central Queensland

Kevin O'Brien, Far North

Matthew McLean, Darling Downs-South West

O'Shai Whettam, South East

Piper Timms, Darling Downs-South West

Renee Maris, North Coast

Roman Marshall, Central Queensland

Shiniquia Morris, Far North

Tifinie Dangelmayer, South East

2023 grant recipients

Amber Ah-Quee, North Coast

Elyjah Deshong, North Coast

Jakkiah Colthup, Central Queensland

Kobi Udowika, South East

Wudarabin Snider, Far North


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Last updated 31 January 2024