Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships

The 2021 Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships applications are now open and will close at 5pm, Monday 9 November 2020.

For 2021, a total of 27 Scholarships to the value of $2,000 each are available for staff to attend relevant conferences, short courses, seminars or workshops.

  • 10 x $2,000 scholarships are available for Academic staff
  • 10 x $2,000 scholarships are available for Professional staff
  • 5 x $2,000 scholarships are available for Academic Sessional and Academic Adjunct staff
  • 2 x $2,000 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.  For full eligibility ruling, please see the Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarship Guidelines (PDF, 127.56 KB) (opens in a new window) document.

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, 127.56 KB) (opens in a new window) before completing an application form.

Application Forms

Applications for the 2021 Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships are currently OPEN
2021 Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarship Application Forms Ongoing & Limited Term Academic ( PDF, 144.6 KB)(opens in a new window)
Sessional and Adjunct Academic Staff (PDF, 132.66 KB) (opens in a new window)
Professional Staff (PDF, 144.6 KB)(opens in a new window)
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Staff (PDF, 170.97 KB)(opens in a new window)

2020 Scholarship Recipients

In 2019, a total of 30 Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships were awarded for completion in 2020.  Recipients are listed below.

Academic Staff

Staff Member Conference or Professional Development Activity

Simi Bajaj
School of Computer, Data and Mathematical Sciences

STAMP (Study Tour for Academics and Mobility Professionals) Program

Jorge Dorfman-Knijnik
School of Education 

2020 World Congress of Sociology of Sport

Nicole Ibbett
School of Business

Suite of courses from Quality Matters - Teaching and course design for online and blended learning environments

Cathy Kaplun
Translational Health Research Institute (THRI)

National Early Years Summit 2020

Kenan Matawie
School of Computer, Data and Mathematical Sciences

IWSM 2020 (35th International Conference on Statistical Modelling.
Fiona McDermid
School of Nursing and Midwifery 
18th National Nurse Education Conference in 2020

Caroline Mills
School of Health Sciences

Applied Statistical Procedures (Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Inc)

Ahmed Moustafa
School of Psychology

Experimental and Computational Studies of Alzheimer's disease

Hayley Saul
School of Social Sciences

RPAS Training and Solutions - Remote Pilot License Course

Val Spikmans
School of Science

AELERT-INECE 2020 Conference

Sonia Tascon
School of Social Sciences

Study Tour for Academics and Mobility Professionals (STAMP)

Jacqueline Ullman
School of Education

Advanced Structural Equation Modelling using AMOS

Karen Yevenes
School of Built Environment

DRS 2020 International Conference: Synergy

Sessional Academic Staff

Staff MemberConference or Professional Development Activity
Adam Daniel
School of Humanities and Communication Arts 
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Denver

Tim Dien
School of Business

AHRI Convention Sydney

Karleen Gribble
School of Nursing and Midwifery

International Foster Care Organization Conference

Kate Linklater
School of Social Sciences

International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations

Patrick O'Doherty
School of Computer, Data and Mathematical Sciences

HERDSA 2020 - Research & Development in Higher Education

Shakif Shakur
School of Medicine 
Medical Education Course - Boston (Principles of Medical Education: Maximizing Your Teaching Skills)
Erika Smith
School of Education 
The 5th IAFOR International Conference on Education

Professional Staff

Staff Member Conference or Professional Development Activity
Jessica Armstrong-Kearns
formerly School of Medicine
Otitis Media Australia Conference 2020 (OMOZ)
Leontyne Dawson-Jones
Western Sydney University Library 
Embracing Courage, Candor and Authenticity in Academic Libraries

Manijah Hakim
Research, Engagement, Development and Innovation

Academic Editing Course - Online

Sharmayne Hansen
Office of Human Resources

Conducting workplace investigations (Advanced)

Casey Hawes
Western Sydney International

IEAA learning Abroad Forum 2020

Jeremiah Lloyd
Office of Advancement

Institute for Annual Giving
Sonya O'Shanna
School of Psychology 

Effective Business Writing Course and Report Writing

Danielle Poultney
The Student Experience Office 

Service Design: Accelerate Course

Louise Rabbit
Research, Engagement, Development and Innovation 

2020 ANZCCART Conference 'Openness in animal research'

Jie Xu
International Partnerships 

AIM Credential - Business Leader

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Office of Human Resources via email vcpdscholarships@westernsydney.edu.au.