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/industry partner name). This can be a confirmed placement or a proposed placement.
- University placement administrator details.
- Referee contact details for a personal reference.
- An estimate of the student’s weekly expenses and income.
- 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 awarded in support of the proposed rural placement.
- Declaration of access to savings and your ability to meet your everyday living expenses.
- 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 and your longer-term career aspirations. 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.
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.
Preference will be given to applications from students:
- who have not received any other forms of funding or assistance (e.g. supplied accommodation).
- with significant out-of-pocket costs
- undertaking placements in more remote 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 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. Candidates cannot reapply for the same placement in a future round.
The NAFEA Scholarship Committee will assess and rank all applications, liaise with applicant’s 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:
- Evidence of financial hardship includes (but not limited to):
- proof of income, such as:
- Centrelink statement
- payslips covering the past 2 months
- most recent financial year Australian Taxation Notice of Assessment
- income deposits for the past 2 months on your bank statement. Note: If you are partnered or dependant on and/or living with parents/caregivers, you will also need to provide evidence of partner or parental (or family) income
- your current bank balances
- Evidence of additional expenses, such as quotes or bills demonstrating additional placement costs, particularly transport and accommodation costs.
- Confirmation in writing from their institution’s WIL/Field Experience Officer of the placement details (incl. dates and allocated agency)
- Confirmation of travel budget and supporting documents for their out-of-pocket costs (if applicable)
NAFEA may use its discretion to decline a scholarship if it feels that the student does not meet the eligibility and intention of the scholarship scheme.
The NAFEA Scholarship Committee will seek confirmation from your referee (as per the details on your application) that they support your scholarship application. NAFEA may use its discretion to decline a scholarship if a referee does not support the awarding of the scholarship.
The NAFEA Scholarship Committee will assess and rank the shortlisted applicants and where necessary seek 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 Scholarship Committee.
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 meet the requirements of the scholarship prior to receiving funds.
Disclaimer: All decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into. NAFEA does not accept appeals to its decisions.