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Regional and rural professional experience scholarships for 2018

Up to 20 university students have the opportunity to access scholarships to support their professional experience placements in regional and rural government schools and preschools in South Australia. 

Scholarships of up to $4000 can be used to cover the cost of transport, accommodation and other costs associated with distant placement. 

You can download the application form (Word 131KB) and apply now. Applications close 30 November 2017.


To apply for a scholarship, you must be:

  • studying at a metro-based campus of one of the three South Australian universities (Flinders University, the University of South Australia or Adelaide University)
  • in your final year of an undergraduate or post graduate initial teacher education program in 2018
  • planning to undertake a professional experience placement at one of the participating government schools.

Participating schools

In 2018, priority has been given to the Upper Spencer Gulf area (Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla). The participating schools are:

  • Airdale Primary School
  • Edward John Eyre High School
  • Flinders View Primary School
  • John Pirie Secondary School
  • Long Street Primary School
  • Quorn Area School
  • Risdon Park Primary School
  • Solomontown Primary School
  • Stirling North Primary School
  • Whyalla High School
  • Whyalla Stuart R – 7 School
  • Willsden Primary School.

How to apply

To apply for a scholarship, you must:

Assessment of applications

A panel of representatives will assess applications. Applicants will be advised of the outcome by the end of 2017.  Successful applicants will be offered a conditional scholarship, to be confirmed once applicants have provided evidence that they meet all scholarship conditions prior to commencement of their placement. 

Scholarship conditions

To have a scholarship offer confirmed, successful applicants must:

Once the scholarship is confirmed, recipients agree to:

  • successfully completing their professional experience
  • providing feedback on their experience to DECD
  • committing to pursuing employment opportunities in regional and rural South Australia.


Leadership and Development directorate

Phone: 8226 1231
Email: DECD.leadershipdevelopment [at] sa.gov.au