FAQs

Get answers to your questions about the Science and Mathematics Scholarships.

Approved teachers who hold a current permanent approval to teach and who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for the STEM Scholarships for Science and Mathematics.

Temporary and permanent teachers can remain in their current teaching position whilst studying under the scholarship program. Permanent teachers will be required to relinquish their permanent position prior to their sponsorship teaching appointment.

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For secondary mathematics:

Approved primary teachers with no previous undergraduate studies in mathematics will need to undertake university level studies which equate to:

  1. a major of six subjects in pure or applied mathematics with at least four subjects at second year level and above (must include algebra and calculus) and
  2. one or two subjects (depending on focus) of mathematics method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12 and
  3. one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary setting.

Approved primary teachers with underpinning mathematics content studies equating to a major need to complete the following studies:

  1. one or two subjects (depending on focus) of mathematics method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12 and
  2. one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary setting.

Approved secondary teachers with no previous undergraduate studies in mathematics need to complete the following studies:

  1. a minor of four subjects in pure or applied mathematics with at least two subjects at second year level and above (MUST include algebra and calculus) and
  2. one or two subjects (depending on focus) of mathematics method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12 and
  3. one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary mathematics setting.

Approved secondary teachers with underpinning mathematics content studies will need to complete the following studies:

  1. one or two subjects (depending on focus) of mathematics method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12 and
  2. one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary mathematics setting.

For secondary science:

Note: It is a requirement that STEM scholarship recipients be approved in two areas of science, one of which must be chemistry or physics.

Approved primary teachers or secondary teachers with no previous undergraduate studies in science will need to undertake university level studies which equate to:

  1. four subjects in one science (of which two subjects are at second year level or above) and four subjects in another science (of which two subjects are at second year level or above) and
  2. one or two subjects (depending on the focus) of science method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12 and
  3. one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary science setting.

Approved primary teachers or secondary teachers with underpinning science content studies will need to complete the following studies:

  1. one or two subjects (depending on the focus) of science method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12 and
  2. one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary science setting.

For future head teacher eligibility, the non-award study progression should reflect that of a major (subjects undertaken at first year, second year and third year progressively). The undergraduate subject content requirements for secondary teaching are aligned to those required by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

The following science and mathematics courses are approved post graduate specialist programs however, due to a recent change in minimum subject content requirements by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) you may need to complete additional studies in addition to those prescribed through the below programs:


Charles Sturt University
2 years part-time study (consists of 8 units)
Charles Sturt University
2 years part-time study (consists of up to 9 units – must select specialisation in mathematics or science)
University of Newcastle
1 year full time or 2 years part-time study (consists of 8 units – must select specialisation in mathematics teaching)
University of New England
1.5 years full time (must select specialisation in mathematics or science)
University of NSW
0.5 years full time (consists of 4 units) - predominantly online

Note: The studies outlined above are indicative only. The actual program of study required will be dependent on each individual's qualifications.

For further advice on which courses to study, email sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au.

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Recipients must complete the nominated course or studies in no more than two years.

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Applications must be submitted using the application form – click the "APPLY NOW" button on the STEM Scholarships for Science and Mathematics webpage.  You will need to provide the following along with your application:

  • evidence of any non DoE teaching experience listed on your application
  • an official statement of service from your non DoE school stating commencement date, completion date, number of teaching days completed and leave without pay details
  • a current principal’s supporting statement on the template provided
  • a referee’s supporting statement on the template provided
  • evidence of enrolment in approved non-award or postgraduate program
  • a recent passport sized photograph on the front page of your application

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A supporting statement from your current school principal, supervising stage leader or head teacher would be acceptable in the first instance, to support your application. Further information could then be sought by Employment Programs from the principal of the school where you are teaching if your application progresses.

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Yes, you can apply for the STEM Scholarships for Science and Mathematics if you are on leave without pay (LWOP) provided you have not had a break from teaching for more than five years.

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A selection panel will consider all applications shortly after the closing date. Scholarship applicants who are shortlisted will be required to undertake online assessments to identify their capabilities, key knowledge areas and personal attributes to determine their suitability.

Scholarships are offered to successful applicants in December for study commencing in Semester/Session/Trimester 1, 2020.

STEM Scholarships for Science and Mathematics offers are dependent on the applicant:

  • having a current permanent approval to teach in NSW public schools
  • satisfying all necessary probity checks, including a Working With Children Check
  • submitting an application including a principal’s and one referee’s statement
  • providing evidence of course acceptance or enrolment in studies to acquire additional competencies in either science or mathematics
  • entering into a Deed of Agreement, a legally binding agreement that outlines the responsibilities of both the scholarship applicant and the department.

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Yes. Both unsuccessful and successful applicants are notified of the outcome via email once the selection process is completed. If you change your contact details after the closing date, please email your updated contact details to the sponsored training team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au

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If you would like feedback on your application, contact the sponsored training team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 1300 300 634

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Successful applicants are required to sign a Deed of Agreement with the department, committing them to:

  • successfully acquiring additional competencies in either science or mathematics
  • accepting appointment as a permanent full time teacher to a NSW public school on completion of studies
  • remaining in the permanent full time teaching position they are appointed to on completion of their studies for a minimum period of three years.

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Scholarship recipients are paid their annual training allowance once the sponsored training team receives confirmation of their enrolment in their teacher education studies. Allowances are paid in the form of an electronic funds transfer (EFT) directly into the nominated bank account. The study completion grant will be organised when your final academic transcript is received.

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The annual training allowance and study completion grant are taxable income and must be declared as assessable income on annual income tax returns.  The amount of tax to be withheld from the scholarship payments will be determined in accordance with the tax declaration form provided by the scholarship recipient to the Department.

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Scholarship recipients are appointed to a permanent fulltime teaching position in a NSW public school for the first day of the school term following completion of the required studies. The department's Teacher Recruitment Team is responsible for the appointment of sponsored teachers. Scholarship recipients are notified of their appointment at any time from two terms prior to the scholarship appointment commencement date. The appointments will be dependent on vacancies that arise within this time.

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By agreeing to the terms and conditions of the Deed of Agreement, scholarship recipients are agreeing to accept appointment to a NSW public school in the Service Commitment Areas as set out in the Deed of Agreement.

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By declining the scholarship appointment, you will be in breach of the terms of the Deed of Agreement. You will incur a financial liability to the department and will be required to repay the financial assistance provided under the scholarship program.

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On completion of their studies and appointment to a permanent position, scholarship recipients may be eligible for a wide range of incentives and benefits. The benefits vary from school to school. Use the benefits calculator to find out about the benefits and incentives that are available to teachers at individual schools.

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The highest priority rural or remote areas of workforce need are Bourke, Broken Hill, Griffith, Moree and Orange. The metropolitan areas of workforce need are Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Granville, Liverpool, Mount Druitt, Penrith and Windsor. The rural or remote areas of workforce need are Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Central Coast, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Queanbeyan, Tamworth, Taree and Wagga Wagga.

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If you can't find answers to your questions in the above FAQs, contact our sponsored training team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 1300 300 634.

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