FAQs

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Get answers to your questions about the application and selection process.

Who is eligible to apply?
I deferred my university studies for a year after finishing my HSC. Am I eligible to apply?
How do I know if the university studies I wish to complete will allow me to be employed as a teacher in NSW public schools?
How do I know which NSW public schools are considered rural or remote?
What's the maximum number of years I can study under the scholarship?
How do I apply?
What supporting documents will I need to provide as part of my application?
Why do I have to include a recommendation from my principal with my application?
How do I upload certified copies of my supporting documentation?
Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
When should I submit my application?
Will late applications be accepted?
How can I be sure my application has been submitted?
What does the selection process involve?
Will successful and unsuccessful applicants be notified of the outcome?
How many teach.Rural Scholarships are awarded each year?
If my application has been unsuccessful, can I be provided with information as to why?
If I accept an offer of scholarship, what will my commitment be to the department?
When do scholars receive their annual training allowance?
What are the taxation implications regarding scholarships?
When are scholars appointed to their permanent position?
Are teach.Rural Scholars eligible to receive any incentives and/or benefits that are available to teachers in the rural or remote location where they've been appointed to?
Where can I find out more?



Who is eligible to apply?

HSC students and current university students who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for a teach.Rural Scholarship. HSC students can also apply for a, Teacher Education Scholarship, Teacher Education Scholarship - Aboriginal or Great Teaching, Inspired Learning Cadetship.

If you're not a HSC student, you may be eligible to apply for a Teacher Education Scholarship, Teacher Education Scholarship - Aboriginal, Great Teaching, Inspired Learning Internship or an Incentive Scholarship.

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I deferred my university studies for a year after finishing my HSC. Am I eligible to apply?

No. Only HSC students in their final year of high school and university students currently enrolled and completing studies can apply for a teach.Rural Scholarship.

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How do I know if the university studies I wish to complete will allow me to be employed as a teacher in NSW public schools?

NSW Education Standards Authority’s (NESA) is responsible for accrediting initial teacher education programs in NSW. Check the NESA website to make sure that the program you wish to study has been accredited.

If you intend on studying a teacher education program in another state, you will also need to make sure that your program is recognised as an appropriate initial teacher education program by NESA.

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How do I know which NSW public schools are considered rural or remote?

Refer to the list of NSW public schools that are located in rural or remote areas.

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What's the maximum number of years I can study under the scholarship?

teach.Rural Scholarships can support future teachers for up to a maximum of five years.

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How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted using the online application form. During the application period an "Apply now" button will be available on the teach.Rural Scholarship webpage. Outside the application period, you will be able to sign up to an alert to receive an email notification when applications open.

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What supporting documents will I need to provide as part of my application?

You will be required to complete and submit the documents listed below as part of your application for the teach.Rural Scholarship. To submit the supporting documents, log into your application through jobs.nsw and upload the documents prior to the closing date.

You will also need to upload proof of identity (PDF 45 KB).

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Why do I have to include a recommendation from my principal with my application?

If you are a HSC student, a principal's recommendation is an important part of a teach.Rural Scholarship application. If you are planning on applying for a teach.Rural Scholarship, ask your principal for a recommendation well before the application deadline, so they have time to write the recommendation.

A principal's recommendation provides the teach.Rural Scholarship selection panel with information that isn't found elsewhere in an application, including insight into an applicant's personal attributes and leadership qualities.

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How do I upload certified copies of my supporting documentation?
  1. Photocopy the original document
  2. Show the original document and the photocopy to a certifier*. The certifier will compare the original document with the photocopied document. The certifier will stamp or write "I certify that this is a true copy of the original document" on the photocopied version. They will sign and date the statement and add their occupation.
  3. Scan the certified document (not the original document)
  4. Upload the document when you complete the online application form.

* A certifier is a Justice of the Peace (JP), solicitor or Department of Education employee. To find a JP, visit the australia.gov.au website and select your state. If you're a HSC student at a NSW public school, you may ask a teacher or administrative staff to certify your documents.

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Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

In addition to applying for a teach.Rural Scholarship, you may also be eligible to apply for a Great Teaching, Inspired Learning Cadetship or Internship. If you apply for a Teacher Education Scholarship also, you will only be awarded one scholarship.

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When should I submit my application?

We encourage applicants to commence and submit their application as early as possible during the application period.

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Will late applications be accepted?

No. The deadline for accepting online applications is 11:59 pm on the closing date. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

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How can I be sure my application has been submitted?

The online application system will not allow you to submit your application until all the required fields have been completed. Once you click on the submit button, a confirmation email will automatically be sent to the email address you provided during the application process. Please keep a copy of that email for your records.

If you did not receive a confirmation email, please email the department's Scholarships Team at scholarships@det.nsw.edu.au

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What does the selection process involve?

Shortly after the closing date, the department's Scholarships Team will commence the shortlisting process. Scholarships are normally awarded to the successful applicants in December for entry to or the continuation of university in Semester 1 the following year.

Scholarship offers are dependent on the applicant:

  1. being accepted into/enrolled in teacher education studies at a recognised Australian university that will lead to a qualification that meets the department's and NESA's academic requirements for employment as a teacher.
  2. satisfying the conditions of a Working With Children Check, which is a prerequisite for anyone undertaking child-related work. The check involves a national criminal history check and a review of findings of workplace misconduct.
  3. entering into a Deed of Agreement, a legally binding agreement that outlines the responsibilities of both the scholarship applicant and the department. The agreement also states the duration of the scholarship and the service commitment areas that were selected by the applicant during the application process.

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Will successful and unsuccessful applicants be notified of the outcome?

Yes. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified of the outcome via email once the selection process is complete. If you change your contact details after the closing date, please email your updated contact details to the department's Scholarships Team via scholarships@det.nsw.edu.au.

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How many teach.Rural Scholarships are awarded each year?

Up to 50 teach.Rural Scholarships are available each year.

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If my application has been unsuccessful, can I be provided with information as to why?

If you would like feedback on your application, contact the department's Scholarships Team via scholarships@det.nsw.edu.au.

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If I accept an offer of scholarship, what will my commitment be to the department?

Successful applicants are required to sign a Deed of Agreement (PDF 125 KB) with the department, committing them to:

  • successfully completing teacher education studies at a recognised Australian university that will lead to a qualification that meets the Department's and the NSW Education Standards Authority’s (NESA) academic requirements for employment as a secondary or primary teacher, or a special education (K-12) teacher
  • accepting appointment as a permanent full time teacher to a rural or remote NSW public school on completion of their 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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When do scholars receive their annual training allowance?

Scholars are paid their $6,000 annual training allowance once the Scholarships 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 your nominated bank account.

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What are the taxation implications regarding scholarships?

The $6,000 annual training allowance and $5,000 appointment allowance teach.Rural Scholars receive must be declared as assessable income on annual income tax returns. Scholars who do not claim the tax free threshold on the Tax File Number Declaration form submitted to the department will have tax withheld from their annual training allowance and relocation allowance. HECS-HELP repayments may also be withheld.

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When are scholars appointed to their permanent position?

On successful completion of their teacher education studies, teach.Rural Scholars are appointed to a full time permanent teaching position in a NSW public school in an agreed location and are awarded $5,000 to assist with relocation costs. A scholar may initially be appointed to a NSW public school temporarily as 'above establishment' until a suitable substantive vacancy arises.

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Are teach.Rural Scholars eligible to receive any incentives and/or benefits that are available to teachers in the rural or remote location where they've been appointed to?

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

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Where can I find out more?

If you can't find answers to your questions in the above FAQs, contact our Scholarships Team via scholarships@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 1300 301 435.

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