Students must complete an online application form. Application forms can be completed and submitted via www.nafea.org.au once the scholarship round has opened.
Applications must include:
- The placement details (including dates and agency). This can be a confirmed placement or a proposed placement
- University placement administrator details
- An estimate of the student’s out-of-pocket costs for the placement (these are costs that will be incurred as a direct result of the rural placement and are additional to your everyday living expenses).
- Declaration of other sources of funding or grants that have been applied for or awarded in support of the proposed rural placement
- Brief statement of up to 1500 characters (300-400 words) on how this scholarship will positively impact your participation in your regional/rural/remote placement. In your response, you should include the financial impact as well as the skills and experiences that you anticipate you will gain from the placement.
- A list of your current (or within the last 12 months) community engagement / projects / volunteer experiences. Please do not include extra-curricular activities, such as sporting or hobbies. Leave blank if not applicable.
- Why the student has elected to undertake a WIL placement (if the placement is not compulsory)
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants will be sent an automated acknowledgement receipt when applications are received. Applications must be submitted to, and received by NAFEA, by Midnight (AEST) on the advertised closing date.
Students who have been assessed as being in financial hardship by their university support services can provide confirmation of this via the application form to be considered by the NAFEA SPSC.
Preference will be given to applications from students:
- who do not have access to other forms of funding
- with significant out-of-pocket costs
- undertaking placements in remote/rural areas.
NAFEA scholarships are only awarded to individual students once. Candidates who have been successful previously are not-eligible to re-apply. Any unsuccessful applicant for the scholarship is entitled to reapply Inc for the scholarship in the following round and will be assessed against the program guidelines and criteria that are in effect on the date the re-application is received by NAFEA.
The NAFEA SPSC will assess and rank all applications, liaise with applicants institutional WIL areas and provide a recommended shortlist to the NAFEA Management Committee. The NAFEA Management Committee will have final approval of the shortlisted applications.
All shortlisted applicants will be required to provide:
- Confirmation in writing from their institution’s WIL/Field Experience Officer of the placement details (incl. dates and allocated agency)
- A personal reference (ideally from an Academic staff member of the student’s discipline)
- Travel budget and supporting documents for their out-of-pocket costs
The NAFEA SPSC will assess and rank the shortlisted applicants and where necessary seeking advice from the applicants’ institutions to make a final recommendation of successful applicants and funding amounts to the NAFEA Management Committee.
Successful applicants will be given a conditional offer. Students who do not receive a conditional offer may receive an offer at a later date if funding becomes available from a student declining, withdrawing or not meeting the eligibility criteria of their conditional offer, this will be at the discretion of the NAFEA SPSC.
A conditional offer is provisionally awarded to an applicant based on the information provided in the application form. Students will need to complete the scholarship acceptance form and attach confirmation of the placement prior to receiving funds.
Disclaimer: All decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. NAFEA does not accept appeals to its decisions.