Eight scholarships of $1,500 are now available
Applications closed on April 20, 2018
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 2018/2019 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 competitive, and will be awarded to those who are assessed by a specially convened ACEN panel to have more proficiently met the criteria.
Criteria for applicants
The 2018 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 2018 and 30th May 2019
- 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.
Two-stage submission process
Stage 1: Students complete an online application form (applications close on April 20, 2018).
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.
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.
Stage 1 Marking Rubric
|Levels of Attainment|
|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.|
|26 March 2018||Call for applications|
|20 April 2018||Applications close for stage 1|
|11 May 2018 (was 4th)
||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.|
|25 May 2018 (was 18th)
||Applications close for stage 2|
|8 June 2018||Successful applicants notified|