ACEN 2020 Student Scholarships – Closed

Eight scholarships of $1,500 provide financial support for students undertaking a WIL placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their 2020/2021 university studies.

Applications for ACEN Scholarships 2020-2021 have closed.

Criteria for applicants

The 2020 ACEN Scholarship applicants:

  • Must be from institutions that are financial members of ACEN. (See 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, either as a subject or a requirement of the degree.
  • Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply.

The WIL placement must be:

  • Undertaken and completed between 1st June 2020 and 30th May 2021.
  • Must be 3 weeks or greater duration.
  • Undertaken in Australia within an inner regional, outer regional, remote or very remote location which requires relocation. Regional and Remote locations ASGS Remoteness Area (2016) RA2- RA5)  are noted on the map:
  • Fulltime (4-5 days per week, for a minimum of three weeks duration).

Two-stage submission process

Stage 1: Students complete an online application form (applications close on April 30, 2020).

Stage 2: Short-listed applicants will be invited to submit a 500 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.
  • Evidence that the WIL placement is a requirement of the degree.

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, e.g. 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.

Key Dates

Date Activity
March 6, 2020
Call for applications
April 30, 2020
Applications close for stage 1
May 8, 2020
Short-listed applicants notified and invited to provide a 500 word account that addresses specific criteria and send a supporting statement from their institution and a copy of their most recent academic transcript.
May 22, 2020
Applications close for stage 2
June 8, 2020
Successful applicants notified