2017 Student Scholarships

Scholarship applications closed April 21

Eight scholarships of $1,500

This is an opening call for the 2017 ACEN Student Scholarships!

Applications are now open for scholarships to provide financial support for students undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their 2017/2018 university studies.

Once again eight scholarships to the value of $1,500 each are being offered to eligible university students who may experience financial disadvantage from having to complete a WIL placement. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and assessed against the criteria.

2016 student reflections

Interested in the experiences of successful applicants from previous years? See student reflections on their 2016 WIL experience.

Applications close on April 21, 2017

Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) is the professional association for practitioners and researchers from the tertiary education sector, industry, community and government who are involved in WIL in Australia.

The 2017 ACEN Scholarship applicants:

  • Must be from institutions that are financial members of ACEN. (See http://acen.edu.au/list-of-financial-institutions/ for a list of current financial institutions.)
  • Must be studying a postgraduate or undergraduate degree program which requires a WIL placement as a part of their studies
  • Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply.

The WIL placement must be:

  • Undertaken and completed between 1st June 2017 and 30th May 2018
  • Undertaken in an inner regional, outer regional, remote or very remote location which requires relocation. Regional and Remote locations (RA2- RA5)  are noted on the map: http://doctorconnect.gov.au/internet/otd/publishing.nsf/Content/locator
  • Fulltime (4-5 days per week, for a minimum of three weeks duration)
  • Within Australia
  • A requirement for completion of the degree.

Applications are submitted in a two-stage process

Stage 1: Students complete an online application form.CLOSED APRIL 21

Stage 2: Short-listed applicants will be invited to submit a 1,000 word account which addresses specific criteria:

  • Evidence of reflection on work-based context and skill development
  • How the WIL placement will support and enhance development of employability
  • Highlight the focus of personal skill development during placement
  • Evidence of clear and concise communication skills.

Short-listed applicants will also be required to submit

  • A copy of their most recent academic transcript.
  • A written statement from an institutional representative supporting the application.

Key dates

Date Activity
27 March 2017 Call for applications
21 April 2017 Applications close for stage 1
5 May 2017 Short-listed applicants notified and invited to provide a 1,000 word account that addresses specific criteria and send a supporting statement from their institution and a copy of their most recent academic transcript.
19 May 2017 Applications close for stage 2
9 June 2017 Successful applicants notified

Stage 1 Marking Rubric

Levels of Attainment
Assessment Attributes Poor Good Excellent Exceptional
Address personal aspirations Not addressed or personal aspirations not addressed clearly just reiterating background information or expecting marker to make the link. Ok, personal aspirations mentioned Personal aspirations addressed with links to the other areas – professional skills or placement Personal aspirations addressed with clear links to the professional skills developed and reason for rural placement – inspirational.
How the placement will help to develop your professional skills Not addressed at all or very poor connection. Ok, mention of professional skills that may be developed. Excellent outlining certain professional skills that will be developed and how, or why it benefits them. Clear links between the regional / rural placement and development of employability skills – showing deep level of reflection and forethought.
Why you have elected to undertake a regional and remote placement No reason cited or poor, eg to travel. Brief mention of reason to undertake placement, not built on or marker expected to make the connection. Excellent outlining why they have elected to undertake placement with clear links to one of the attributes above at least. Showing greater level of reflection, career planning with inspirational story and clear links between all assessment criteria, inspirational.