Rural Pharmacy Scholarships and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarships are now available. Tertiary Access Payments are also available.
The Rural Pharmacy Scholarship and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship schemes are funded through the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement and are managed by Pharmacy Programs Administrator (PPA). Program allowances are limited on the basis of available funds, and applicants are encouraged to read the guidelines, eligibility criteria and program rules. Important application round dates, including opening and closing dates, will be advised on the PPA website
The Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme provides financial support to students from rural and remote Australia to undertake undergraduate or postgraduate studies in pharmacy at university. Approximately 30 scholarships are made available each year, with a value of $10,000 (GST exempt) per year per student. Scholarship holders are encouraged to seek employment in rural and remote areas following graduation. Important application round dates, including opening and closing dates, will be advised on the PPA website. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to monitor the website for this information.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme provides financial support to Indigenous Australians to undertake undergraduate or postgraduate studies in pharmacy at university. Scholarships are valued at $15,000 (GST exempt) per year per student and are available for up to four years for undergraduate studies, and up to two years for graduate studies. The scholarship round usually opens from November each year. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to monitor the PPA website for communication about when the Annual Round will open.
The Tertiary Access Payment is a recently announced initiative from the Australian Government to encourage and assist outer regional and remote students to access higher-level tertiary study immediately following school (Year 12). The TAP will be administered by Services Australia.
Commencing in 2021, the TAP is a once-off, means-tested payment of $5,000 available for school leavers from outer-regional, remote or very remote areas that need to relocate to study a higher-level tertiary qualification full-time. Students enrolled in an undergraduate pharmacy degree would be able to take advantage of the payment if they meet the eligibility criteria, including needing to relocate to study at a university at least 90 minutes by public transport from their home.
More information on the TAP can be found on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.