It is recognised across the University sector that a barrier for students taking practicum placements in rural and/or regional locations is the additional financial burden placed on the student due to increased costs, together with loss of income from regular employment. To assist students at the Canberra campus to undertake such placements, Australian Catholic University is making available up to twenty Rural and Regional Placement Scholarships per year.
Open: Monday, 7 August 2017
Close: Friday, 1 September 2017
Up to $1,500 is available, to be paid in one lump sum.
There are 10 scholarships available.
This scholarship is open to applicants who meet all of the following criteria, as of the scholarship application closing date:
Target group: students undertaking a rural placement
Faculty: Education and Arts or Health Sciences
Course: any ACU degree
Year level: any
Successful completion of a previous placement
Planning to undertake a rural or regional placement as part of a clinical or professional placement unit.
Apply online by clicking the button below and completing the application form. You must attach the following documentation with your application:
A written statement of approximately 500 words outlining:
Details of your intended placement (including the distance from your home and the duration of the placement).
What are you looking forward to about your placement and what do you expect to gain from it professionally?
Tell us about your commitment to the mission and values of ACU and how your placement relates to these.
Evidence of successful completion of previous placement.
Evidence of acceptance into placement including a signed letter from a Placement Officer. If you are not yet able to provide proof of the rural placement as the details are still being finalised, you will need to provide a letter from the Placement Officer explaining that the placement is in the process of being confirmed.
Itemised budget outlining how the Scholarship would support your placement (including travel, accommodation, and living expenses).
Applications are assessed on the strength of the following criteria:
Demonstration of the student’s commitment to the identity and mission of ACU, and how this will be enhanced in a rural placement
The recipients will be shortlisted by the Scholarships Office and selected by a Selection Committee consisting of the Campus Dean, Marketing Coordinator, Student Enrichment Advisor, and a relevant local Senior Academic for the School or nominee.
The Scholarship will not be awarded to support placements undertaken in the home location of the applicant.
The Scholarship cannot be requested to replace lost income.
Students undertaking placements for a community engagement unit are not eligible to apply.
Recipients are requested to submit a report to the Canberra Campus Dean within one month of completing the placement, outlining how the Scholarship monies were expended including all relevant receipts and an accurate log of kilometres travelled. The recipient should also highlight in the report how they have benefitted from undertaking the placement and how the Scholarship was of assistance.