Vice Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff

The Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff will this year offer two (2) $3,000 Staff Scholarships for Western Sydney University Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academic and professional staff to attend relevant conferences or courses to further their professional or career development.

The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Ingigenous Leadership has developed the WSU 2020-2025 Indigenous Strategy, which aims to attract, retain and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and represents one of the main areas within the University that focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. For more information, please see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement.

Who can Apply?

Applications are open to all ongoing academic and professional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff (part-time and full-time) and all limited term full-time or part-time employees with a contract expiry date of 31 December 2023 or beyond 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 this University.

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.

Application Criteria and Procedures

Please read the detailed application procedure and guidelines (PDF, 125.51 KB) (opens in a new window) before completing an application form.

Application Form and Closing Date

To apply, please complete the application form below and return via email to by 5pm Monday 21 November 2022.

A panel will then consider each application and it is anticipated that the outcome of all applications will be made known within one week from the date of the committee meeting.

Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarship - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Application form (PDF, 226.36 KB) (opens in a new window)

More Information

For more information, please contact Fiona Towney Director of the Badanami Cenetre for Indigenous Education, 0401 791121.