Inclusion scholarships for social work placements

Scholarships are available to support future social workers by making it easier to complete practical placements.
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About the program

Inclusion scholarships for social work placements will help reduce the financial burden of placements for students. They will support more Bachelor and Master of Social Work students to finish their degrees and start their careers. 

The program will support Victorians who face more barriers to completing their degree or who are underrepresented in the community services workforce.

Eligible students can apply for $7,500 to help them complete their placement.

Applications for students completing placements in 2024 opened on 2 April 2024 and closed at 4pm on 29 April 2024.

The Inclusion scholarships program guidelines (Word) and frequently asked questions (Word) include more information on the program

Who is eligible to apply?

You may be eligible for a scholarship if you:

  • are a domestic student
  • are completing your social work placement in 2024 or 2025 as part of your Bachelor or Master of Social Work with a Victorian public university
  • live in Victoria or a defined border community
  • meet one or more of the socio-economic and demographic criteria listed below.

The socio-economic criteria are:

  • people from financially disadvantaged backgrounds
  • people with experience of using social or community services as the main service user or primary carer of a family member who is the main user of social or community services.

The demographic criteria are:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • refugees, or people from multicultural backgrounds
  • people who identify as LGBTIQA+
  • people with disability
  • people with caring responsibilities, including single parents, and people caring for a person with disability, chronic health conditions, mental illness, or who is frail or aged
  • people who live in regional or rural Victoria or defined border communities.

A limited number of scholarships are available and will be prioritised by these criteria.

Please see the program guidelines and FAQ document for more information on eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Applications for students are now closed.

 

Key dates
  • 2 April 2024 – Second round applications opened for students completing placements in 2024
  • 4pm, 29 April 2024 – Second round applications closed
  • By 10 June 2024 – Second round applicants notified of outcome

Late applications will not be accepted. There will be further application rounds over 2024 and 2025.

If your application is successful, you will receive your first payment following your university census date, and second payment at a mid-placement milestone.

Supporting documents

Contact us

If you have a query, please contact placement.scholarships@grants.vic.gov.au.