Undergraduate social work scholarships and prizes

In addition to The Stanley and Ivy Tipper Trust, Walter and Eliza Hall Scholarships, Marion Macaulay Bequest Scholarship, ZONTA Club Sydney East Inc Scholarship and Government-funded scholarships, which are available to all undergraduate and graduate-entry students in the faculty, others that apply to students undertaking a BSW are listed below.

Scholarships | Prizes


New Colombo Plan scholarships

Funded by the Australian Government, the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program (NCPSP) provides opportunities for high-achieving Australian undergraduate students to undertake study, participate in an internship/mentorship and receive intensive language training in the Indo-Pacific region. The program also encourages students to participate in community engagement and advocacy in relation to the program. The scholarship provides students with up to $67,000, comprising travel and establishment allowances, a monthly location stipend, and health and travel insurance for the duration of their overseas program. The following 38 Indo-Pacific locations are included in the program: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam. Applicants for the 2017 program need to:

  • have an expected WAM of 80 per cent or better for their undergraduate course by the end of Semester One, 2016
  • be an Australian citizen (dual citizens must be going to a third country)
  • be between 18 and 28 (inclusive) years of age at 1 January 2017
  • be an enrolled undergraduate student who has completed at least one year of their bachelor or honours degree
  • plan to transfer academic credit from their overseas study towards their University of Sydney course.

In addition, the applicant's proposed scholarship program:

  • needs to be a full-time study program (for which they will receive full credit)
  • needs to commence overseas between 1 January 2017 and before 31 December 2017
  • may also incorporate an internship/mentorship component of up to six months' duration, for which credit may be granted – this is not mandatory but it is favourably considered.

Applications have closed for the scholarships that take effect in 2017.

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SDN Children's Services Aunts Fry Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to preservice students who have shown particular courage, compassion and concern for children in need or with disabilities. To be eligible for this scholarship, students will need to be undertaking study in social work, special education or early-childhood education. The value of this scholarship will be $2000 for one year only, and shall be granted to a student who would be available to undertake her/his professional experience/internship/field education with SDN Children's Services in 2016. Scholarship applicants must have completed a minimum of Year 1 of one of the following programs:

  • Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
  • Master of Social Work (Qualifying)
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work.

Applications have closed for scholarships that take effect in 2016.

Lee Moskal Memorial Grant Scholarship

The Lee Moskal Memorial Grant Scholarship was established in 2013 to encourage students enrolled in their final two years of an undergraduate Social Work program. Its specific purpose is to support students with an interest fostering resilience practices in the community for young adults aged 21–30, continuing the work and aspirations for the late Lee Andrew Moskal. The scholarships, which cover a period of up to two years, are each valued at $5000 and up to two scholarships may be awarded annually. Applicants should be undergraduate Social Work students who are enrolled in Field Education 1 or Field Education 2 and can demonstrate urgent need for financial assistance in order to complete the Field Education component of their degree program.

Applications have closed for scholarships that take effect in 2016.

Marion Macaulay Bequest Scholarships

Marion Macaulay was a graduate of the University of Sydney who spent many years in the teaching profession and was closely associated with women's and educational professional associations. She bequeathed her estate to the University of Sydney to be applied in the area of humanities. These scholarships are offered to coursework students currently enrolled in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Education and Social Work who will be travelling overseas for the purpose of gaining credit towards their degrees, either in the form of approved exchange or an approved professional experience such as an internship or practicum. The value of the scholarship is $7500 regardless of the destination or duration of stay; recipients who already hold a scholarship of $5000 or more will receive $5000.

Applications have closed for scholarships that take effect in 2016.

James Wolfensohn Travelling Scholarship

This one-semester scholarship, which is worth $5000, is awarded annually to a full-time student who is an Australian citizen enrolled in the later years of an undergraduate degree (excluding honours). Proposed studies must be approved by the faculty concerned and count towards the applicant's degree. Preference will be given to students who wish to undertake their studies at an institution in Asia. The scholarship was established by donations received to mark the occasion when James Wolfensohn, one of the University’s most distinguished alumni, was conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Science in Economics in September 1997. Its aim is to promote international understanding and advance the academic development of students by enabling them to spend part of their degree in an approved overseas institution where they will undertake studies. Applications are assessed on the basis of academic merit, purpose/appropriateness of the intended study, and contribution the overseas experience will make to the applicant's personal and professional development.

Applications have closed for scholarships that take effect in 2016.

NSW Rural Allied Health Scholarships

This scholarship is offered by the NSW Department of Health to students from a rural background who are undertaking entry-level studies in allied health (including social work). Up to 50 scholarships, each valued up to $10,000, are offered annually. Applications open in January each year.

Applications have closed for scholarships that take affect in 2016.

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NSW Rural Allied Health Clinical Placement Grants

These grants of up to $750 (or $1000 for clinical placements at Broken Hill) are offered each semester. Grants are awarded on the basis of the duration of the placement and the cost of travel associated with accessing the placement. Priority will be given to students who have not previously received a NSW Rural Allied Health Clinical Placement Grant, though past grant recipients may apply.
Applications open each February for Semester One placements, and in July for Semester Two.

Applications have closed for scholarships that take affect in 2016.

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Sydney Scholars Program

These scholarships are available to school leavers entering the University and are awarded on a combination of school-examination results, ATAR and other achievements such as leadership, creativity and communication skills. They range in value from $6000–10,000, and in duration from 1–5 years (the latter covers combined degrees).

Applications close each October for scholarships that take effect in the following year.

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Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme

Social-work students enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate-entry degree who have resided in a defined rural area for a minimum of five consecutive (or eight cumulative) years from the age of five years may be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme for a scholarship worth $10,000 a year, which is funded through the Commonwealth Government's Department of Health and Ageing and administered by the peak body for rural and remote allied health professionals, Services for Australian Rural and Remote Health (SARRAH).

Applications have closed for scholarships that take effect in 2016.

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Prizes for course achievement

Social Work Pioneers Prize

This prize of $1000 is awarded to the student who achieves the highest aggregate marks in the third year of the Bachelor of Social Work.

Helen Sham-Ho Prize

This prize of $550 is awarded to the final-year student enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work or the BA/BSW who achieves the highest aggregate mark for classroom performance together with an excellent performance in field education.

Marie Wilkinson Prize

This prize of $1000 is awarded to a student enrolled in the final two years of the Bachelor of Social Work course who has produced an excellent essay about children's welfare or children's rights.