Cerebral Palsy Alliance Scholarships

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Monday 8 August 2016 Tuesday 20 September 2016

Cerebral Palsy Alliance and The University of Sydney through the Faculty of Health Sciences have established a memorandum of understanding to acknowledge the shared vision of our organisations for a viable, well- supported infrastructure of services for people with a disability in New South Wales and collaborative research endeavours. As part of this agreement Cerebral Palsy Alliance has established scholarships for allied health students within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

These are the Professor Henry J Cowan Memorial Scholarships, honouring the memory and generous bequest of Professor Cowan who was a distinguished member of the University of Sydney academic staff in the Faculty of Architecture.

The scholarships will support up to three students to the amount of $1500 per student to pursue their studies and to encourage their future career in the field of disability.

Description of the Award

  • A maximum of $1500 for each student in the disciplines of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology, payable on completion of the clinical placement.
  • Funds are to be used to support professional development, fees, textbooks or practicum expenses.
  • It is an expectation of the Award that the student will consent to one of their final practicums to be at Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Upon completion of the placement, the successful student will provide a 500 word report and feedback of their placement experience at Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
  • It is an expectation of the Award that the student will demonstrate professional conduct throughout the placement, as per the university placement guidelines.
  • The successful applicant will be requested to provide their contact and employment details on graduation. The successful applicant will participate in the evaluation of the Scholarship for up to two years post-graduation and in any longitudinal study of recruitment or career marketing of allied health professionals for Cerebral Palsy Alliance.


  • Students of the University of Sydney of Health Sciences and enrolled full time or part-time in the courses of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology.
  • Must be an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident.
  • Available to undertake one of their final fieldwork placements with Cerebral Palsy Alliance (the scholarship will be awarded to students in the 3rd year of their course for use in the 4th year of their studies or GEM students in their 1st year for use in their 2nd year).
  • Demonstrated interest in the field of disability and paediatrics.
  • Interest in pursuing a career in the field of disability.
  • Strong academic and practical achievement in paediatric components of their studies. Students must have a satisfactory academic achievement and pass all practical units prior to their final practicums.

How to Apply

Applications should be in writing and demonstrate how the eligibility requirements have been met. This should consist of the following:

  • Letter of application including evidence of interest in paediatrics and disability and achievement in studies in the field of paediatrics or disability.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) including current employment history (no more than 2 pages).
  • Evidence of high achievement from a recent clinical placement should also be included, such as a referee check from a recent clinical supervisor or a copy of a recent clinical supervisor feedback form.
  • Demonstrated professionalism throughout previous practical placements.
  • Students enrolled in either the Master of Occupational Therapy or Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) programmes must contact the Work Integrated Learning OT academic (email below) for a letter confirming that a placement at Cerebral Palsy Alliance would meet their depth and breadth of placement requirements.

Submission of applications

Applications must be submitted electronically as one pdf file to . The final application should not exceed seven (7) pages.

The judging committee’s decision will be final. Students will be informed in writing of the outcome of their application.

Additional Information
If you have any queries, please contact the following Work Integrated Learning Academic staff member:

(Speech Pathology)

(Occupational Therapy)

(Physiotherapy UG) and (Physiotherapy GEM)