We recognise the significance of access to education and training. Everyone deserves the opportunity to build their future, and that’s why we offer a number of Sydney TAFE scholarships. We can also assist you with an application for a NSW Government Smart and Skilled scholarship.


Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse)

NSW Health, in partnership with TAFE NSW, offer scholarships for the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) program across NSW.
Applications for the 2018 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) scholarships will open 9 am on 9 January 2018 and close 12 pm on 13 February 2018.
For further information go to the NSW Health website.

Industry Scholarships

Scholarships are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 16 February 2018.

We offer three types of scholarships to help you achieve your educational and career goals.

Equity scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate a genuine interest in and commitment to their chosen career but are experiencing educational disadvantage and financial hardship which prevents them from achieving their goals, including financial, medical or disability issues.

Merit scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to students who have achieved high results in their chosen vocational area, can demonstrate that they will do well in the industry in which they apply for the scholarship, have made significant contributions to their community and/or can demonstrate leadership or teamwork skills.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships

These scholarships are designed to support students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who face significant challenges, including financial disadvantage that may prevent them from achieving their career and educational goals.


Scholarship values range between $300 and $1,500 depending on the study area. Higher amounts may be awarded in exceptional individual circumstances.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for an Industry Scholarship you must:

• be an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident
• be enrolled or intending to enrol and studying in Semester 1 2018, either full-time or part-time, in a National Accredited Course from Certificate I level or above
• Attending at one of the following TAFE NSW locations: Ultimo, Randwick, Petersham, Design Centre Enmore, Sutherland (Gymea and Loftus), Eora or St George colleges

Selection Criteria

In addition to meeting the entry requirements for your chosen course, the following selection criteria will be used by the scholarship assessment committee when assessing your application:
• demonstrated commitment and motivation to study and to successfully complete the course and gain employment

• for equity scholarships – assessment of educational disadvantage and financial hardship
• for merit scholarships – demonstrated academic achievements in your chosen vocational area, industry experience, community contributions and/or leadership/teamwork skills
• for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships – proof of Indigenous heritage and assessment of educational disadvantage

How to apply for an Industry Scholarship

To apply for an Industry Scholarship, you will need to complete the online application form

Applicatio​ns close: 5pm on Friday 16 February 2018

Before completing the application form, please read the Scholarships Guide and the Terms & Conditions.

Please take the time to ensure your application is complete and you answered all questions.

Incomplete applications will not be processed.

No late applications will be considered.

More information

For more information contact the Scholarship Team on 02 9217 4641 or 02 9217 4642 or email

Sisters of Charity Foundation Scholarship 2018

Provides financial support to students with a foster/kinship care experience who wish to study a full time Vocational Education and Training (VET) Diploma or above qualification program at TAFE NSW.
For more information and application form, please visit the TAFE NSW Scholarship page.

Smart and Skilled scholarships

There are two types of Smart and Skilled scholarships:

  • Fee-Free Scholarships
  • Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships.

Fee-Free Scholarships

The NSW government funds 50,000 Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships each year to cover course fees for:

  • young people who are eligible for concession fees
  • young people who are or have been in out-of-home care
  • people of any age who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence.


To be eligible, you must be:
enrolling into a Smart and Skilled qualification at Certificate I to Certificate IV level on the NSW Skills List (including apprentices and new entrant trainees); and

  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen
  • living or working in NSW and
  • no longer at school


  • aged between 15 and 30 years old when you start training and
  • a Commonwealth welfare recipient or the dependent child, spouse or partner of a Commonwealth welfare recipient or
  • aged between 15 and 17 years old and living in out-of-home care; OR
  • aged between 18 and 30 years old and have previously lived in out-of-home care


  • aged 15 years or over and experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence or the dependent of someone who is experiencing or has experienced domestic and family violence and
  • commencing training on or after 1 July 2016.

How to apply for a Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarship

You do not need to apply. If you meet the Fee-Free Scholarship eligibility criteria (see above, or visit the Smart and Skilled website to find out more), ask us if you are eligible when you enrol.
If you are living in social housing, or are on the waitlist for NSW social housing, and meet the Fee-Free Scholarship criteria, you are guaranteed a scholarship.

Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships

Are you interested in studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)? Careers associated with STEM are in high demand. That’s why, if you are interested in training for a career dealing with these skills, you may be eligible for a $1,000 Jobs of Tomorrow scholarship under the NSW Government's Smart and Skilled Program.

The scholarship is worth $1,000 and is paid in two instalments. You will be paid $500 once you have successfully applied and start studying and another $500 when you complete studying.
To view eligible qualifications please locate the course of interest using the Smart and Skilled Course Finder. Please make sure you select ‘TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute’ under Training Provider to obtain eligible courses offered by us. Courses with a yellow ‘JOT Scholarship’ flag against them are eligible for a Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship.


To be eligible, you must:

  • meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria
  • be enrolled in a qualification that is eligible for a Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship
  • have commenced training in the qualification on or after 1 January 2016, and
  • have not already received a Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship

How to apply for a Smart and Skilled Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship

For detailed information about applying, go to the Service NSW Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship page.

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