Undergraduate-teaching scholarships and prizes

In addition to the 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 BEd are listed below.

Scholarships | Prizes


Scholarships

NSW Teachers Federation Future Teacher ScholarshipsOpen

The NSW Teachers Federation funds a number of scholarships each worth $4000. In 2016, 14 scholarships, in five categories, will be awarded to students enrolled in a teacher-education course at tertiary institutions. The categories are:

  • all future teachers
  • future teachers that identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people
  • future teachers from a rural or remote area
  • future teachers in their first year of a teacher training course
  • future teachers from a language background other than English.

Applications are OPEN until 29 April 2016 for scholarships that take affect in 2016.

Further information and applications

Teachers Mutual Bank Future Teacher ScholarshipsOpen

These eight scholarships of $5000 are awarded annually to students enrolled in teacher training courses and Master of Education programs in NSW, ACT, NT and WA. They cover study-related expenses such as course fees or board and lodging. Four scholarships are awarded to students in undergraduate courses and one to a student undertaking graduate-entry or postgraduate study.

Applications are OPEN each year from September to mid January.

Further information and applications

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.

Independent schools' Teacher Education scholarships

In partnership with some of the State's most prestigious Independent Schools, the faculty offers an extensive range of scholarships to students enrolled in teaching programs. Each of these scholarships is valued at $11,500 for one year only.

Wenona School Teacher Education Scholarships

The Wenona Teacher Education Scholarships offer final-year preservice students the opportunity to experience the culture of this leading independent school. Up to two scholarships will be available annually and each is valued at $11,500 for one year only and will be awarded to a student of exceptional academic merit. To be eligible for this scholarship students will need to be about to commence their final year in 2016 in one of the following programs:

  • Master of Teaching (Primary)
  • Master of Teaching (Secondary) for students majoring in mathematics
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Mathematics), Bachelor of Science.

Selection will be by consideration of written application, followed by interviews for short-listed candidates. Preference will be given to students who can contribute to co-curricular areas within the school. Recipient/s will be expected to spend time at the school each week in Terms 1 and 2, receive guidance from a mentor teacher, followed by an internship (the major Professional Experience) in Terms 3 and 4 to participate in both academic and co-curricular activities.

Applications have closed for scholarships that take effect in 2016.

Abbotsleigh School Teacher Education Scholarships

The Abbotsleigh Teacher Education Scholarships offer final-year preservice students the opportunity to experience the culture of this leading independent school. The scholarships are each valued at $11,500 for one year only and will be awarded to a student of exceptional academic merit. To be eligible for this scholarship students will need to be about to commence their final year in 2016 in one of the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Mathematics), Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Teaching (Secondary) in either mathematics or English.

The recipients will be expected to spend time at the school each week (as their University program permits) in Terms 1 and 2, receive guidance from a mentor teacher, followed by an internship (the major Professional Experience) at the School where possible, across Terms 3 and 4 to participate in both academic and co-curricular activities. Selection will be by written application, followed by interviews for short-listed candidates.

Applications have now closed for scholarships that take effect in 2016.

Ravenswood School for Girls Teacher Education Scholarship

The Ravenswood Teacher Education School Scholarships offer final-year preservice students the opportunity to experience the culture of this leading independent school. The scholarships are each valued at $11,500 for one year only, and will be awarded to a student of exceptional academic merit. In addition to being a part of the professional teaching life of the school (receive guidance from a mentor teacher), the successful recipient will be expected to participate in the tutorial and homework program in the Learning Resources Centre. To be eligible for this scholarship students will need to be about to commence their final year in 2016 in one of the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Master of Teaching (Secondary) for students majoring in English, mathematics or science
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences), Bachelor of Arts for students majoring in English, TESOL, mathematics
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Mathematics), Bachelor of Science for students majoring in mathematics
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Science), Bachelor of Science for students majoring in science.

Selection will be by written application, followed by interviews for short-listed candidates.

Applications have now closed for scholarships that take effect in 2016.

Ascham School Teacher Education Scholarships

The Ascham Teacher Education Scholarships offer final-year preservice students the opportunity to experience the culture of this leading independent school. The scholarships are each valued at $11,500 for one year only, and will be awarded to a student of exceptional academic merit. To be eligible for this scholarship students will need to be about to commence their final year in 2016 in one of the following programs:

  • Master of Teaching (Primary)
  • Master of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Human Movement and Health Education)
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences), Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Science), Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Mathematics), Bachelor of Science.
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary Education).

The recipient will have exceptional academic merit and preference will be given to students who can contribute to co-curriculum areas within the school. A successful applicant will be expected to spend time at the school each week in Terms 1 and 2, receive guidance from a mentor teacher followed by an internship (the major Professional Experience) across Terms 3 and 4 to participate in both academic and co-curricular activities. Selection will be by written application, followed by interviews for short-listed candidates.

Applications have now closed for scholarships that take effect in 2016.

The Newington College Teacher Education Scholarships

The Newington College Teacher Education Scholarships offer final-year preservice students the opportunity to experience the culture of this leading independent school. The scholarships are each valued at $11,500 for one year only, to students of exceptional academic merit who can contribute to the curricular and co-curricular life of Newington College. To be eligible for this scholarship students must be specialising in one or two of the following: mathematics, physics, chemistry, drama, English, history or philosophy, and about to commence their final year in 2016 in one of the following programs:

  • Master of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Science), Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Mathematics), Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences), Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary).

The recipients will be expected to spend time at the school each week (as their University program permits) in Terms 1 and 2, receive guidance from a mentor teacher, followed by an internship (the major Professional Experience) at the school where possible, across Terms 3 and 4 to participate in both academic and co-curricular activities. Selection will be by written application, followed by interviews for short-listed candidates.

Applications have now closed for scholarships that take effect in 2016.

Redlands Teacher Education Scholarships

The Redlands Teacher Education Scholarships offer final-year preservice students the opportunity to experience the culture of this leading independent school. The scholarships are each valued at $11,500 for one year only to students of exceptional academic merit who can contribute to the curricular and co-curricular life of Redlands School. To be eligible for this scholarship students will need to be about to commence their final year in 2016 in one of the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Human Movement and Health Education)
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Science), Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Mathematics), Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences), Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary)
  • Master of Teaching (Secondary).

The recipient/s will be expected to spend time at the school each week for about five hours in Terms 1 and 2, receive guidance from a mentor teacher, followed by an internship (the major Professional Experience) across Terms 3 and 4 to participate in both academic and co-curricular activities.

Selection will be by written application, followed by interviews for short-listed candidates.

Applications have now closed for scholarships that take effect in 2016.

Shore School Teacher Education Scholarships

The Shore Teacher Education Scholarships offer final-year preservice students the opportunity to experience the culture of this leading independent school. The scholarships are each valued at $11,500 for one year only, to students of exceptional academic merit who can contribute to the curricular and co-curricular life of the school. To be eligible for this scholarship students will need to be currently enrolled in one of the following:

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Human Movement and Health Education)
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Science), Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Mathematics), Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Science), Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary)
  • Master of Teaching (Secondary).

The successful recipient will be expected to contribute to the curricular and co-curricular life of the school in areas such as drama, debating, sport, music and games. They will be expected to be present in the school about five hours a week (as their University timetable permits), receive guidance from a mentor teacher, and undertake an internship (the major Professional Experience) at the school when possible. The successful recipient may also be given preference for employment opportunities after graduation should a position become available. Selection will be by consideration of written application, followed by interviews for short-listed candidates.

Applications have now closed for scholarships that take effect in 2016.

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.

Further information

NSW DEC – Teacher Education Scholarships

Scholarship holders must be undertaking an initial-teaching qualification for employment as a special education teacher or, as a secondary school teacher of science, mathematics or English. The scholarship comprises a $5000 annual training allowance for the duration of the degree. After qualifying as teachers, scholarship recipients will be guaranteed permanent employment in a NSW public school at an agreed location and awarded a further $3000 to assist with relocation.

Applications close in late September of the year prior to the initial scholarship year.

Further information and applications

Catholic Education Office Teach-Ready program

Each year, commencing in 2016, The Catholic Education Office will offer part-time employment as a paraprofessional to as many as 20 high-achieving final-year teacher-education students. Successful candidates will be employed two days a week in a Sydney Catholic school, supported by a mentor, whilst completing their final year at university.

Upon successful completion if the program, participants will be supported in gaining employment in a Sydney Catholic school. To be eligible, applicants must be in the final year of their initial teacher-education course; be supportive of the ethos and values of Catholic education, as expressed in the Principles of Employment in Sydney Catholic Schools (pdf, 528kB). Unless they are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, they must be studying one of the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Mathematics), Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Science), Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Teaching (Secondary) for students majoring in mathematics or science
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary), for students with a strong interest or specialisation in primary mathematics or numeracy.

Applications are closed for the scholarships that take effect in 2016.


Prizes for course achievement

GS Caird Scholarships

Two of these scholarships, each worth $2500 are awarded annually in recognition of proficiency in the BEd. One is given to a student for work in Year 2; the other to a student for work in Year 3.

John Cassim Creative Arts Award: Music

This annual prize of $1500 is awarded to an Education student who – on the basis of examination results and in the opinion of the relevant program coordinator – excels in Music pedagogy.

Tuh Fuh and Ruby Lee Memorial Prize in Education

This prize, established by gifts from Dr Kang Wong and Ms Esther Wong in memory of Ms Wong's late parents, is valued at $300. It is awarded each year to the student who attains the highest grade for a research-related unit of study undertaken in the final year of a teaching degree.

Newcombe Hodge Essay Prize

This prize of $310 is given for outstanding essay in any unit of study in Education II or Education III.

Headfort School Prize

This prize, of $250, or an amount determined by the faculty, is given for proficiency in Education III.

The Teachers Mutual Bank Prize

The Teachers Mutual Bank will provide two prizes of $500 each in 2015, for education students. The top-achieving students in the final year of undergraduate study in each education program will be nominated by their program director, and then ranked according to AAM. The prize will be awarded at the completion of the academic year for the academic work completed by the winners in that year.