Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships

The Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships Program are open for applications for 2018.

In 2018, a total of 16 $2500 Staff Scholarships for Western Sydney University staff to attend relevant conferences or courses to further their professional or career development were offered:

  • 7 x $2500 scholarships are available for academic staff
  • 7 x $2500 scholarships are available for professional staff
  • 2 x $2500 scholarships are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academic or professional 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 for 2018 Professional Development Scholarships. VCPD Scholarships are offered each year.

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 2018 or beyond
  • have a minimum of 12 months' continuous service
  • an academic Level A to D or Professional Staff HEW 1 to 9
  • 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, 712.37 KB) (opens in a new window) before completing an application form.


Applications for the 2018 Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships are currently closed. Applications for the 2019 Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships will open in October 2018.

Award Recipients

A total of 14 Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships were awarded in 2017 to be completed 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 McDonald, 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

More Information

For more information, please contact Kim Nemetz in the Office of Human Resources.