Applications for the 2021 Postgraduate Applied Mental Health Studies (AMHS) scholarship open on Monday 7 September 2020 and close on Friday 20 November 2020.

The overall aim of these scholarships is to support the recruitment, retention and skill development of registered nurses currently working within mental health services of the NSW public health system.

Scholarships of up to $8,000 are available to registered nurses who are working in full or part-time permanent positions in mental health services of the NSW public health system. These scholarships are provided to assist with educational expenses directly associated with postgraduate study. Scholarships are awarded through a competitive selection process and not all applicants will be awarded a scholarship. The scholarship will not cover all costs associated with a program of study.

Scholarships will be offered under the Clinical Studies category.

The Postgraduate scholarships for the AMHS course will only apply to applicants who are enrolled to study the AMHS course offered by the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) in 2021.

The AMHS course is specialised in one of the following areas:

  • Perinatal and Infant
  • Child and Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Older Person

Applicants undertaking postgraduate studies other than the AMHS course in 2021 should refer to the nursing postgraduate scholarships which open late November 2020.

The postgraduate scholarships for the AMHS course offered in 2021 consist of a single payment which is dependant upon the postgraduate qualification being undertaken in the AMHS course. Scholarships will be awarded as a contribution toward the cost of courses at the following levels:

Postgraduate qualification​ ​Amount
Graduate Certificate​ ​$3,000
Graduate Diploma​ ​$6,000

Masters Program​


These postgraduate scholarships are funded by the Nursing and Midwifery Office (NaMO).

Terms and conditions

Only one scholarship per program of study will be awarded

For example:

Ms Jones applies for and is awarded a $6,000 scholarship in 2021 to undertake a Graduate Diploma in the AMHS (Perinatal and Infant) course. Ms Jones completes the Graduate Diploma and in 2023 decides to 'upgrade' to the AMHS Masters qualification in Perinatal and Infant. She will not be eligible to apply for a scholarship as the initial scholarship provided was for the same program of study for this Masters.

Only one scholarship will be awarded to an applicant in a three-year timeframe

For example:

Ms Jones enrols in a Graduate Diploma in 2021 and intends to take three years to complete this course. If she was deemed to be successful and awarded $6,000 for study in 2021, she is not eligible to apply for another scholarship until 2023.


  • the scholarships are not offered to support research projects
  • funding will not be available for courses studied outside Australia or for courses run by the College of Nursing that are funded by the NSW Ministry of Health
  • applicants who have been awarded the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) scholarship are ineligible to apply for the NaMO postgraduate scholarship for the AMHS course

Am I eligible to apply ? 

Each category of scholarship has a specified criteria as is described in the Scholarship categories, essay requirements and marking criteria - HETI AMHS course webpage. In addition to this, the following criteria must be met for all categories:

  • must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • currently employed and working permanently full-time or part-time as a registered nurse within mental health services of the NSW public health system
  • must be enrolled in the 2021 AMHS course offered by HETI
  • the applicant has not received a scholarship from NaMO either in the last three years or for the same program of study 

Application requirements

In addition to your essay, you are required to provide the following two (2) documents to support your application. These documents are to be received by HETI by 20 November 2020:

  1. Official confirmation of your 2021 enrolment in the AMHS course offered by HETI,
  2. A letter from your employer in the following format:
    • on Health Service letterhead from your employee services department or immediate manager
    • must be dated and signed (within the last 3 months)
    • states your name
    • states the title of your position
    • states your employment status (full-time or part-time)
    • states how long you have been employed in this position

Online Application form 

Please read the entire terms and conditions, and frequently asked questions, before proceeding to the Online Application Form.

Applications open on 7 September 2020 and close at midnight on 20 November 2020.

You must complete all parts of the application form and include your essay and supporting documents with your application form. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

It is strongly recommended that you write your essay in a Word document and save it before you copy and paste your essay in the application form. If you require more space for your essay then please include it separately with your application form.

After you have emailed your application to you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application and your application ID number, for your records.

Frequently asked questions

The Frequently Asked Questions webpage provides answers to common queries relating to these scholarships.

Further information

All successful applicants may be required to participate in an evaluation or telephone survey regarding scholarships provided by HETI.

For further information about this scholarship, please contact the Senior Program Officer by email at                                          

Page Updated: Monday 7 September 2020
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