Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships

The 2019 Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships applications are now open.

In 2019, a total of 32 Scholarships to the value of $3,000 each are available for staff to attend relevant conferences, short courses, seminars or workshops.

  • 12 x $3,000 scholarships are available for Academic staff
  • 12 x $3,000 scholarships are available for Professional staff
  • 6 x $3,000 scholarships are available for Academic Sessional staff
  • 2 x $3,000 scholarships are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff

    Note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff should refer to the application criteria procedures and closing date at the Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff (opens in a new window) in order to complete their application.

Who can Apply?

Applications are open to all ongoing Western Sydney University academic and professional staff (part-time and full-time) who have a minimum of 12 months continuous service and can demonstrate how the professional development activity will benefit their career or professional development and their organisational unit or the University overall.

The professional development activity must also be related to a staff members' duties of employment at Western Sydney University.

Applicants must be:

  • ongoing full-time or part-time employees
  • limited term; full-time or part-time employees with a contract expiry date of 31 December 2019 or beyond
  • have a minimum of 12 months' continuous service
  • an academic Level A to D or Professional Staff HEW 1 to 9

For Academic Sessional staff, you must have:

  • Taught a minimum of 4 hours per week in 3 of the 4 past teaching sessions at Western Sydney University;
  • All applications must be supported by the Dean of School where the teaching has occurred / or all Deans if across more than one School.

Note: Senior Staff HEW 10 and above and Professors (Level E) are not eligible.

What Type of Professional Development can the Scholarships be used for?

Scholarships may be used for a variety of professional development activities including conferences, seminars, workshops and short courses that are relevant to the staff member's duties of employment at Western Sydney University. The scholarships are not available for payment towards courses such as Bachelors and Masters Degrees. For more information, please see Education Allowance in the Professional Development Policy (opens in a new window).

Application Criteria and Procedures

Please read the detailed application criteria and procedures (PDF, 797.47 KB) (opens in a new window) before completing an application form.

Application Forms

Applications for the 2018 Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships are currently open.

Closing date for applications is 29 October 2018.

2019 Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarship Application Forms Ongoing & Limited Term Academic ( PDF, 107.03 KB)(opens in a new window)
Sessional Academic Staff PDF, 99.43 KB (opens in a new window)
Professional Staff (PDF, 107.03 KB)(opens in a new window)
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Staff (PDF, 123.32 KB)(opens in a new window)

2018 Scholarship Recipients

In 2017, a total of 14 Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships were awarded for completion in 2018.  Recipients are listed below.

Academic Staff

Staff Member Conference or Professional Development Activity
Ahmed Mustafa, School of Social Sciences & Psychology Experimental & Computational Studies of Dopomine-related Disorders
Chloe Taylor, School of Science and Health Experimental Biology 2018
Kate McBride, School of Medicine Epigenetic epidemiology - short course at Bristol University
Leanne Hunt, School of Nursing & Midwifery Cultural respect and competence training
Liquan Liu, School of Social Sciences & Psychology XXI International Congress of Infant Studies Biennial Congress
Tania Ferfolja, School of Education American Educational Research Associate (AERA)
Tonia Gray, School of Education Homeward Bound: Leadership Program from Women in STEMM

Professional Staff

Staff Member Conference or Professional Development Activity
Angela MacDonald, Office of Governance Services Certificate in Governance Practice
Brendan How, School of Science & Health Laerdal Manikin Technical Services Course
Brittany Hardiman, Office of Sustainability Asia-Pacific SDG Virtual Youth Conference
Gina Saliba, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning Transformations [Re]Valuing Higher Education Conference
Julia Mills, Office of Advancement Prospect Development Conference 2018
Karina Foley, Information Technology & Digital Services COBIT 5 Framework - ISACA
Lily Collison, Library Australian Evidences Based Practice Librarians Institute 2018 course

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Kahlia Butcher in the Office of Human Resources.