Frequently Asked Questions: The Governor-General’s Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarship What are the Governor-General’s Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarships? The Governor-General’s Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarships are a prestigious award that will assist one Indigenous student in each state and territory to undertake teacher education studies at university. The scholarships will provide $25,000 per year to successful recipients for the life of their teaching degree (up to 4 years). Who is eligible to receive the scholarships? To be eligible for a scholarship, an applicant must be an Indigenous Australian and undertake fulltime study in an undergraduate teaching degree at an Australian university. When will the application process for the scholarships open? The application process for the scholarships is expected to open 1st November 2011. The application round will close on 10th January 2012. Can I choose which university I would like to attend? You can choose to study your teacher education degree at any Australian university. However to be eligible you must have applied, be enrolled in, or been accepted into an undergraduate teacher education course at an Australian higher education institution to gain a teaching qualification. Applicants will not be approved for a scholarship until they have provided a letter of acceptance at the chosen University. Do I have to do a four-year degree, or can I become a teacher by doing a post- graduate qualification? No, this scholarship is to help students complete an undergraduate teacher education degree. However, if you are part-way through an undergraduate teaching degree you can still apply. Can I study part-time and still receive the scholarship? No, you must undertake full-time study. Why is it important you have my permanent residential address? It is essential you provide us with your permanent residential address. We will use this address to send official documents in relation to the Governor General’s Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarships. Will I be able to receive other payments if I am awarded the scholarship? You can still claim other Commonwealth student support, such as ABSTUDY and related benefits, if you are eligible for them. If you receive funding from any other scholarship or bursary, you will not be able to continue receiving this scholarship. What happens if I withdraw from, or do not pass, a subject? If you fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress or are unable to meet course requirements, the scholarship may be discontinued. In exceptional circumstances, such as where there is a serious medical condition, approval may be given to defer the scholarship for up to 6 months. At the end of my study, when I am a qualified teacher, am I free to work anywhere in Australia? Yes, you are not required to teach in any particular state or school. Is the Governor-General’s Indigenous Student Teacher scholarships exempt from tax? Advice from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is that as this is a scholarship where education is the main focus and that you are a full time student, income tax is not applicable. Therefore this scholarship is exempt from income tax. Who can I contact if I have further questions? If you have any further questions about the Governor-General’s Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarships please contact us at GovGenScholarships@deewr.gov.au.
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