Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships and Grants to support the ongoing development of remote Health Professionals and students are welcomed by CRANAplus.

Scholarships and Grants are also offered by many State and Territory Governments, the Commonwealth Government and other organisations.

This section lists some current Scholarships and Grants available.

CRANAplus Scholarships and Grants

Download the CRANAplus Scholarships Flyer and share with your workplace by placing on the noticeboard.

You can also donate at any time with any queries around bequeathing monies to CRANAplus directed to

Gayle Woodford Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is jointly sponsored by CRANAplus and the Centre for Remote Health.

The scholarship covers all course fees for the Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice, offered through Flinders University.

One scholarship will be awarded annually, for study to commence the following year.

As a successful scholarship recipient what must I do

The Scholarship recipient must provide evidence, a copy of ‘Academic Record’ transcript of successful completion of topic[s] at the end of each semester to CRANAplus Scholarship Administrator:

email: or
fax: 08 8408 8222
Postal address: PO Box 127 Prospect SA 5082

A failure of topic[s] by the recipient will lead to a cancellation of the Gayle Woodford Scholarship unless the recipient has evidence of extenduating circumstances.

Appeal Process

The Scholarship recipient has the right to request the decision to be reviewed by the Scholarship Selection Committee. You will be required to provide evidence for consideration to be given by the Scholarship Selection Committee.


The scholarship will continue for the duration of the Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice. It is suggested that maximum of 2 topics be undertaken per semester.

The usual part time study period is 12 months, however recipients may be allowed up to 2 years to complete their course.

Inability to complete the study may incur a financial penalty

Eligibility Criteria

This scholarship is open to registered nurses, Indigenous health practitioners, allied health practitioners and medical officers.

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice::

  • hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution in a health-related field.
  • the Nursing stream must have a minimum of one year post-registration experience and must be currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a Registered Nurse with no restrictions on practice.
  • the Medical stream must be either concurrently enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine at Flinders University or currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a Medical Practitioner.

The Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Working in remote practice is desirable.

*Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply

Applications open 1st February and Close 30th June annually.

Download the Application form and email to

CRANAplus Undergraduate Remote Placement Scholarships

In addition to the professional connections, access to resources and support undergraduate students gain from CRANAplus membership, there is the possibility of being awarded an Undergraduate Remote Placement Scholarship. The scholarships offer financial assistance to support undergraduate students who are interested in working remotely, giving them the opportunity to experience a remote health setting first hand. This demonstrates the commitment of CRANAplus to the future remote health workforce.

About The Scholarships

Each year CRANAplus offers a number of scholarships. These scholarships provide financial assistance of up to $1000 per applicant, per remote placement. They can be applied to the cost of fares, accommodation and other incidental costs incurred by a student undertaking an undergraduate placement in a remote area of Australia and its external Territories.

There are now 2 rounds of Undergraduate Scholarships:

Round One for placements from 1 January - 30 June each year- Applications open 1 Feb and close 31 May

Round Two for placements 1 July - 31 December. Applications open 1 July and Close 30 October.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for a Scholarship the applicant must be;

  • a current Student Member
  • enrolled as a full-time student in a health discipline at an Australian University
  • an Australian citizen, or have permanent residency status

Desirable to be a Member of a Rural health Club

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students are strongly encouraged to apply.

*Funding for the same purpose must not have been received from any other source.

Expectations & Conditions

It is an expectation that scholarship recipients will submit a summary of approximately 500 words of their experience for inclusion in our quarterly publication, the CRANAplus Magazine.

How To Apply

Download interactive application form to complete and email, post or fax your application to the scholarship administrator by appropriate closing date for Round One or Round Two.

Please note: Incomplete applications will be assessed on the basis of the information given. No additional information will be sought and * Handwritten Applications are discouraged.

Contact details for the scholarship administrator:

Phone: 08 8408 8200
Fax: 08 8408 82228

Post: CRANAplus Scholarship Administrator, PO Box 127, Prospect SA 5082

Announcement of Successful Applications
CRANAplus Scholarship Committee undertakes the assessment of individual applications and the decision is final. Successful applicants will be notified by email.

The CRANAplus - Nurses Memorial Foundation of S.A Grants

Currently working in rural, remote and isolated areas of Australia?

The Nurses’ Memorial Foundation of SA Inc has its beginnings in one of the world’s first official Registration bodies for Nurses, the British Nurses’ Association established in London in 1887.
The Society became the first body to establish a Register of Nurses, which recorded their professional education and experience.
In 1987, a new set of rules and objects were adopted more in keeping with its activities and the name changed to “Nurses Memorial Foundation of S.A. Incorporated.

The Foundation endows Scholarships, as well as provides Awards and Grants to assist Nurses in their education, practice and research.

The Nurses Memorial Foundation of South Australia Inc. have generously endowed CRANAplus with monies to offer CRANAplus Members a limited number of $500 Grants to assist with attendance at CRANAplus Courses or Conference.

Who is eligible?

These grants are available to Remote Nurses and Midwives who are current CRANAplus members, currently working in rural, remote and isolated areas of Australia.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses are strongly encouraged to apply.

How can I use the Grant should I be successful?

The grant is to contribute to the registration fees for CRANAplus short courses and/or the CRANAplus National Conference thereby assisting individuals to enhance their knowledge and skills in providing safe, quality care to remote and isolated individuals and communities.

Requirements & How to Apply

Complete the online interactive PDF and return it by the 31st July.

For more information;

Ph: 08 8408 8210

External Indigenous Scholarships

Indigenous Scholarships Portal - Scholarship opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians

House Call Doctor- Futures in Health Indigenous Scholarships

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) provides scholarships and bursaries to help health professionals in rural and remote Australia retain and enhance their skills, capacity and scope of practice. The CRANA conference is a great opportunity to network with your peers and learn about Embracing Diversity to build stronger connections. Please review the eligibility criteria through your state providers website before applying.

The HWSP is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health, administered as a consortium by the Rural Workforce Agencies. To apply, contact your local agency directly.

QLD - Health Workforce Queensland

TAS - HR+ Tasmania

NSW - NSW Rural Doctors Network

VIC - Rural Workforce Agency Victoria

NT - Rural Workforce Agency NT

SA - Rural Doctors Workforce Agency

WA - Rural Health West

NT Department of Health

Training and education for nurses and midwives

This grants scheme helps eligible nursing and midwifery students with the costs of studying. By supporting students in their careers, the Department of Health aims to build a highly-skilled and sustainable workforce.