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Amy Levai Aboriginal teaching scholarships

The department is committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal teachers in public education in South Australia. 

The Amy Levai Aboriginal teaching scholarships provide financial support and pathways to employment for Aboriginal students interested in teaching.

Scholarships available:
•    $10,000 Amy Levai Aboriginal teaching scholarship – secondary school students
•    $20,000 Amy Levai Aboriginal teaching scholarship – pre-service teacher education students.

Verification of Aboriginality

Candidates must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and provide verification via a document with a common seal issued by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation. Organisations that may be able to help with certification include:

$10,000 Amy Levai Aboriginal teaching scholarship – secondary school students

Eligibility

Candidates must:

  • be senior secondary school students studying in a South Australian government school
  • intend to enrol in a teacher education program at an Australian university on completion of their final year of secondary education
  • receive endorsement of their application from their school principal
  • be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Scholarship conditions and payments

Successful candidates enter into a contractual agreement with the department.

Payments are made in 2 stages: on the completion of year 11, and the completion of the final year of secondary education along with confirmation of enrolment into a teacher education program. Payments may be subject to tax and used at the discretion of the candidate.

Refer to Amy Levai Aboriginal Teaching Scholarship – secondary information (PDF 178KB) for more details.

Application

To apply, complete the Amy Levai Aboriginal Teaching Scholarship – secondary application (Word 139KB) and submit to decdstrategicrecruitment [at] sa.gov.au.

Applications must be submitted by the end of term 3 in your final year of secondary school.

After your complete application is received, a meeting will be arranged with you, key people at your school, and your parent or legal guardian.

$20,000 Amy Levai Aboriginal teaching scholarship – pre-service students

Eligibility

Candidates must:

  • be currently studying a teacher education program (full or part-time) at any Australian tertiary institution or have applied to commence in the following year
  • reside in South Australia for the duration of study
  • be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

If candidates are undertaking an undergraduate degree followed by a post-graduate pre-service teaching qualification (eg Master of Teaching or graduate diploma), they will only be eligible for the scholarship on the teaching component of studies.

DECD employees

Candidates who are current employees of the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) may also be eligible for a tailored support package.  

See the DECD intranet (staff login required) to find out more.

Scholarship conditions and payments

Successful candidates enter into a contractual agreement with the department.

Payments are made on a semester basis on submission of successful results. Payments may be subject to tax and used at the discretion of the candidate. Scholarship payments made to department employees will be made through payroll services and will be taxable as ordinary salary and wages.

Refer to Amy Levai Aboriginal Teaching Scholarship information (PDF 301KB) for more details.

Application

To apply complete the Amy Levai Aboriginal teaching scholarship application form (Word 150KB) and submit to decdstrategicrecruitment [at] sa.gov.au.

Students applying for the scholarship in their final year of study must submit an application by 31 May of that year.

After your complete application is received, a meeting will be arranged with you.

Contact

Strategic Recruitment

Phone: 8226 1456
Email: DECDStrategicRecruitment [at] sa.gov.au