Primary Care Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships

About the Scholarship Program:

Invest in Your Skills, Strengthen Primary Care.

The Primary Care Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship program supports registered nurses and midwives to complete postgraduate study to support working in primary care.  Funding has been provided by the Australian Government and the scholarships will be administered by the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP).

The objectives of the program are: 

  • To provide scholarships to allow registered nurses and midwives to undertake post-graduate study, including supporting registered nurses to become nurse practitioners, and midwives to become endorsed midwives.
  • To increase the supply of health workers, whilst considering the changing demographics and health needs of the Australian population, and to address current health workforce shortages.
  • To support the First Nations health workforce through activities that promote an increase in capacity.
  • To strengthen the Australian health system, utilising full scope of practice as well as working within nursing and midwifery values, ethics, and regulatory frameworks to provide increased access to health services in communities. While not a replacement for the medical workforce, nurse practitioners and endorsed midwives can effectively provide health services in communities lacking access to other primary care services.

The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • To improve the capacity, quality, distribution, and mix of the health workforce to better meet the needs of the Australian community. Nurse practitioners and endorsed midwives are a key element in managing health workforce demands.
  • To significantly increase the number of qualified nurse practitioners to support Nurse-Led Clinics and new models of care.
  • To significantly increase the number of endorsed midwives to support the strategic direction for Australian maternity services as outlined in Woman-centred care: Strategic directions for Australian maternity services.
  • To equip more nurses and midwives with the skills to work in primary care and aged care and more midwives to work in primary maternity care.

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Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements :

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Hold current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)
  • Intending to enrol, or recently enroled in postgraduate study applicable to primary care, including Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, or Master's program leading to qualifications to become a nurse practitioner or endorsed midwife
  • Be currently employed in, or intend to work in, primary care settings  
    • Primary care examples include: 
      • General practice
      • Aged care facilities
      • Independent private practice, including mental health practices
      • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services/Aboriginal medical Services
      • Community health centres and walk-in clinics
      • Group practices
      • Birth centres with midwife led programs

The following criteria are not essential, but will be given preference:

  • First Nations applicants 
  • Applicants seeking to work in regional, rural, and remote areas, where healthcare professionals are often in high demand.
  • Applicants working or intending to work in the Aboriginal community-controlled sector
  • Full scholarship applications

Please read the PCNMS Guidelines and the PCNMSP Terms and Conditions for further information, then go to the Application Portal to begin.

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Financial support offered :

1850 scholarships are available over 3.5 years for domestic students undertaking Graduate certificates, Graduate diplomas, and Master's studies to become Nurse Practitioners or endorsed Midwives working in primary care.  The scholarships will be funded upon successful completion of study units.

Course Duration Total Scholarship Amount
Graduate Certificate Up to one year of part-time study Up to $15,000
Graduate Diploma Up to two years of part-time study Up to $15,000
Master's Up to three years of part-time study Up to $30,000


Additional Support and Scholarship program benefits:

  • Membership of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, including associated member benefits
  • Membership of another professional association relevant to your area of practice
  • Connections through memberships to mentorship and additional resources
  • Dedicated scholar support
  • ACNP free advanced practice modules to support your clinical practice development
  • Access to Murra Mullangari: Introduction to Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility online course with the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses (CATSINaM), free for all scholars.

Ready to advance your career in primary care?

Here's what you need to do to apply for the scholarship program:

1. Check the Deadlines:

Applications open 17th June 2024

We encourage you to apply early! Application deadlines are strictly enforced, so be sure to submit your complete application package by 25th August 2024. Don't miss out on this valuable opportunity!

2. Gather Your Documents:  

To complete your application, you'll need to prepare, or have ready the following information:

  • A copy of your registration with NMBA - for uploading - you can download your certificate from the NMBA website, or login and access your certificate HERE
  • A copy of your course enrolment (if available/confirmedfor uploading
  • A copy of your CV - to complete relevant details on the portal

3. Apply Online:

We've made applying for the scholarship program easy!  Simply click the link below to access our user-friendly online application portal (Available from 17th June 2024)

The application form will guide you through the process step-by-step.  NOW OPEN

We look forward to receiving your application!

Enter the Application Portal HERE to get started

Don't forget to check the Guidelines and Read the Terms and Conditions


Can I apply for the scholarship program?
You can apply if you're a registered nurse or midwife who:

  • Is an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Currently works in, or plans to work in, a primary care setting.
  • Holds current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
  • Enroled in, or intending to enrol in relevant postgraduate study

We especially encourage applications from:

  • First Nations applicants who can serve their communities.
  • Nurses and midwives seeking work in regional, rural, and remote areas.

What kind of programs are eligible for the scholarship?

The scholarship supports postgraduate programs that will help you advance your skills in primary care. This includes:

  • Graduate Certificate/Diploma programs relevant to clinical nursing and midwifery.
  • Master’s programs leading to endorsement as Nurse Practitioners or Midwives.


What are some examples of who can study, and types of courses eligible under the program?

As long as you are working in, or planning to work in primary care, you can apply.  See these examples:

  • A registered nurse working in a primary care clinic can do a Graduate Diploma in Midwifery
  • A registered nurse or registered midwife working in Community/Primary Health can do a Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health
  • A registered nurse can enrol in an approved Master’s program to become a nurse practitioner working in primary care
  • An endorsed midwife working in primary care can do a Masters in Primary Health Care
  • A nurse practitioner working in a specialist area can enrol in a graduate diploma in primary care, or rural health, to transition practice to primary care
  • A registered midwife can enrol in a Graduate Certificate to become an endorsed midwife.
  • A credentialed mental health nurse can enrol in a Graduate Diploma or Master’s in Mental Health or Rural Health
  • A registered Nurse working in Residential Aged Care can apply for a Graduate Diploma in Primary Health Care, or an approved Masters to become a nurse practitioner 

Application Process

When is the deadline to apply?

The application deadline for Round 1 is 25th August 2024. Don't miss out! We recommend applying early, as available scholarships may run out for Round 1 before the deadline.

Scholarship payments will not be retrospectively paid for units completed prior to the scholarship being granted.

How do I find my NMBA registration certificate?

You can download your certificate from the NMBA website or, login and access your certificate HERE


Scholarship Benefits

How much financial support will I receive? 

The scholarship offers full or partial support depending on your needs. It will cover 

  • Tuition fees for your chosen postgraduate program.
  • Approved clinical placement expenses (receipts required), once all course fees have been funded.

How do I receive the scholarship money?

Scholarship funds are paid directly to the scholar. The scholar is responsible for paying the institution the full amount owing as per their itemised invoice. Funds are reimbursed to the student. When a scholar has successfully completed one or more units of study, they must submit their claim for scholarship funding as soon as possible, and no later than four weeks after their study period has ended.
For approved clinical placement expenses, you'll be reimbursed after submitting receipts, once all course fees have been paid.

Academic Support

Will the program help me with my studies?

Yes! The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) can provide guidance and resources to support you throughout your postgraduate program. For academic support specific to your program curriculum, please refer to the program information provided by the educational institution offering your chosen postgraduate program.

Can I contact the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) for further questions?

Absolutely! The ACNP is here to help. If you have any questions about the scholarship program itself, you can contact them at:

Phone: 1300 672 083

Read the PCNMS Terms and Conditions

By submitting your application, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to these Terms and Conditions.

Primary Care Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Program – an Australian Government initiative’

This Program is also supported by the following organisations, who are collaborating to ensure both the success of the program, and the best outcomes for scholars within the program.

Australian College of Nurse Practitioners - Administrator

Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

Australian College of Midwives

Australian College of Nursing

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association

Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives

Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery


National Rural Health Alliance