2021 ACEN Student Scholarships 

Eight scholarships of $1,500 provide financial support for students undertaking a WIL placement in Australia as part of their 2021/2022 university studies.

2021 Applications are now closed 

Student Scholarships

Criteria for applicants

Scholarships are open to students who:

  • Are from institutions with ACEN Full Institutional Membership.
  • Are based in an RA1-RA2 location and will undertake a WIL placement in an RA3-RA5 location (With the requirement that you are travelling more than 60 km) OR Are based in an RA3-RA5 location and will undertake a WIL placement in an RA1-RA2 location (With the requirement that you are travelling more than 60 km).
  • Students can be domestic or international.
  • Genuine relocation is required. 
  • 3 weeks duration minimum and occur between 31 May 2021 – 31 May 2022.
  • Placement must be full time.

Finding a Placement

ACEN supports Student Scholarships however the Network does not assist students to secure placement opportunities. Please contact your institution for assistance finding a placement.

Two-stage submission process

Stage 1

Applications Open:1 March 2021

Applications Close:30 April 2021

Students complete an online application form. Application form will be made available on 1 March 2021.

Stage 2

Applications Close: 21 May 2021

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.

Terms and Conditions

 Scholarship recipients must be willing to:

  • Provide a written (with images) and/or video reflection. The video reflection to be no more than 1 minute duration.
  • Present at the ACEN Conference and/or events  in person, via Zoom or video.
  • Share their experiences with future students. Scholarship recipients may be requested to mentor a future student.
  • Provide student voice to ACEN activities through engagement with the Awards and Scholarships Committee. This may take the form of providing a student perspective on panels and initiatives.
  • Entries that fail to meet all the eligibility criteria will be rejected.
  • Judges will make their decision in line with the eligibility criteria. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence over the results will be entered into.
  • ACEN may use edited quotations and versions of Scholarship recipients reflections to encourage and publicise ACEN Scholarships.

Stage 1 Marking Rubric

STAGE 1

Describe in 500 words of less how a Regional or Remote placement would support your career goals?

Please use the following criteria as a guide when answering this question:

  • Discuss your personal aspirations
  • How would the placement help develop your professional skills and benefit your career?
  • Why have you elected to undertake a regional or remote placement?

 

Levels of Attainment
Assessment Attributes Poor (0) Good (1) Excellent (2) Exceptional (3)
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, career development or placement Personal aspirations addressed with clear links to the professional skills developed, career goals and reason for rural placement – inspirational.
How the placement will help to develop your professional skills and benefit your career Not addressed at all or very poor connection. Ok, mention of professional skills that may be developed and potential career benefits Excellent outlining of specific certain professional skills that will be developed and how, or why it benefits their career aspirations. Clear links between the regional / rural placement and development of both professional skills and employability attributes (‘soft skills’ e.g. communication) – 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 (e.g. identifies differences between urban and regional/remote placements), career planning with inspirational story and clear links between all assessment criteria, inspirational.

 

Stage 2 Marking Rubric

STAGE 2

Shortlisted applicants are invited to provide a 500-word account addressing the following criteria:

  • Evidence of reflective practice in a work-based context and the value of reflection in skill development
  • How the WIL placement will support and enhance development of your employability skills
  • Highlight the focus of personal skill development during placement for you
  • Evidence of clear and concise communication skills in your response.
Levels of Attainment
Assessment Attributes Poor (0) Good (1) Excellent (2) Advanced (3)
Evidence of reflective practice in a work-based context and the value of reflection in skill development. Limited evidence of reflective practice, no demonstrated understanding of the value of reflection as it contributes to skill development. Reflection unrelated to a work-based context and skill development and does not move beyond a description of the experience. Some evidence of reflective practice and a basic recognition of the value of reflection in a work-based context. Little attempt at making connections between experience and growth. Meaningful reflection experience and relationship to skill development. Reflection demonstrates analysis but lacks depth. Some attempt at self-critique. Meaningful reflection with clear connections to personal and professional growth. Reflection demonstrates ability to question biases, preconceptions and assumptions.
How the WIL placement will support and enhance development of your employability skills and career goals. No mention of employability skills or career goals and little discussion of how these may be developed in the WIL placement. Some employability skills and career goals mentioned however with limited supporting statements or examples of how the WIL placement will or may develop stated employability skills/career goals. Some inconsistency or undeveloped examples. A comprehensive list of employability skills mentioned with a clear connection between the WIL placement, the development of employability skills, and attainment of career goals. Strong list of employability skills with three or more specific examples that demonstrate the links between the enhancement of skills during the WIL placement and how these relate to career aspirations.
Highlight the focus of personal skill development during placement for you. Focus of personal skill development missing. No personal goals evident. Briefly stated personal focus with little exploration or not clearly identified as being a personal focus. Excellent written statement highlighting personal focus of skill development. Inspirational personal focus of skill development written with two or more clearly identified goals to focus on in relation to skill development.
Evidence of clear and concise communication skills in your response. Poor writing, many spelling or grammar mistakes. Reflection and writing does not flow well. No consideration given to word limit. All questions answered with goals communicated clearly, mostly consistently with minor spelling or grammar errors. Approaches word limit. No errors, consistent in depth writing clearly communicating all responses and good layout with accurate use of writing conventions, within 10% of the word limit (over or under). All answers written in depth, clearly linked with an excellent structure that flows exceptionally well. No grammatical or spelling errors and a sequenced and coherent account. Accurate use of writing conventions and layout. Within 10% of the word limit (over or under).

 

Key Dates 2021

Date Activity
1 March 2021
Applications Open (Stage 1)
30 April 2021
Applications Close (Stage 1)
7 May 2021
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.
21 May 2021
Applications Close (Stage 2)
11 June 2021 Successful applicants notified

 

Queries

For any queries, please contact Cate Clifford – Chair of Awards and Student Scholarships.