FAQs

Get answers to your questions about the Science and Mathematics Scholarships.

Who is eligible to apply?
What studies will I need to complete?
What's the maximum number of years I can study under the scholarship?
How do I apply?
What if I am unable to provide a principal's supporting statement?
Can I apply if I am on LWOP?
What will the selection process involve?
Will successful and unsuccessful applicants be notified of the outcome?
If my application has been unsuccessful, can I be provided with information as to why?
What are the commitments of a scholarship recipient?
When are scholarship recipients paid their annual training and general purpose allowances?
What are the taxation implications regarding the scholarship allowances and grant?
When are science and mathematics scholarship recipients appointed to their permanent position?
What does ‘agreed NSW public school’ mean?
What happens if I decline the scholarship appointment?
Do scholarship recipients who are appointed to rural or remote areas receive additional benefits?
What are the geographic areas of workforce need?
Where can I find out more?



Who is eligible to apply?

Permanently Approved teachers who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for the Science and Mathematics Scholarship Program.

Temporary and permanent teachers can remain in their current teaching position whilst studying under the scholarship program. Permanent teachers will be required to relinquish their permanent position prior to their appointment under the scholarship program.

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What studies will I need to complete?

For secondary mathematics:

Approved primary teachers with no previous undergraduate studies in mathematics will need to undertake university level studies which equate to:

  1. a major of six subjects in pure or applied mathematics with at least four subjects at second year level and above (must include algebra and calculus) and
  2. one or two subjects (depending on focus) of mathematics method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12 and
  3. one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary setting.

Approved primary teachers with underpinning mathematics content studies equating to a major need to complete the following studies:

  1. one or two subjects (depending on focus) of mathematics method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12 and
  2. one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary setting.

Approved secondary teachers with no previous undergraduate studies in mathematics need to complete the following studies:

  1. a minor of four subjects in pure or applied mathematics with at least two subjects at second year level and above (MUST include algebra and calculus) and
  2. one or two subjects (depending on focus) of mathematics method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12.
  3. one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary mathematics setting.

Approved secondary teachers with underpinning mathematics content studies will need to complete the following studies:

  1. one or two subjects (depending on focus) of mathematics method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12 and
  2. one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary mathematics setting.

For secondary science:

Approved primary teachers with no previous undergraduate studies in science will need to undertake university level studies which equate to:

  1. a major of six subjects of science with at least four subjects at second year level or above and another two subjects in another science and
  2. one or two subjects (depending on focus) of science method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12 and
  3. one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary science setting.

Approved primary teachers with underpinning science content studies constituting a major (comprising of four subjects in one science, two must be at second year level or above, and two subjects in another science will need to complete the following studies:

  1. two subjects in another science (preferably at second year level or above) and
  2. one or two subjects (depending on focus) of science method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12 and
  3. one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary setting.

Approved secondary teachers with no previous undergraduate studies in science will need to complete the following studies:

  1. a minor of four subjects comprising of two subjects in one science (two must be at second year level or above) and two subjects in another science and
  2. one or two subjects (depending on focus) of science method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12.
  3. one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary science setting.

Approved secondary teachers with underpinning science content studies:

  1. one or two subjects (depending on focus) of science method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12.
  2. one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary science setting.

Note: It is a requirement that to be an approved science teacher you must be approved in two areas of science, one of which must be chemistry or physics.

For future head teacher eligibility, the non-award study progression should reflect that of a major (subjects undertaken at first year, second year and third year progressively). The undergraduate subject content requirements for secondary teaching are aligned to those required by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

The following science and mathematics courses are approved post graduate specialist programs:

Program of Study

University

Study Period

Charles Sturt University

2 years part-time study (consists of 8 units)

Charles Sturt University

2 years part-time study (consists of up to 9 units – must select specialisation in mathematics or science)

University of Newcastle

2 years part-time study (consists of 8 units – must select specialisation in mathematics)

University of New England

1.5 years full time (must select specialisation in mathematics or science)

University of NSW

2 years part-time (consists of 4 units) - predominantly online

Note: The studies outlined above are indicative only. The actual program of study required will be dependent on each individual's qualifications.

For further advice on which courses to study, email sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au.

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What's the maximum number of years I can study under the scholarship?

Science and mathematics scholarship recipients must complete the nominated course or studies in no more than two years.

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How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted using the application form – click the "APPLY NOW" button on the Science and Mathematics Scholarships webpage.  You will need to provide the following along with your application:

  • evidence of any non DoE teaching experience listed on your application – an official statement of service from your non DoE school stating commencement date, completion date, number of teaching days completed and leave without pay details
  • a current principal’s supporting statement on the template provided
  • a referee’s supporting statement on the template provided
  • evidence of enrolment in approved non-award or postgraduate program
  • a recent passport sized photograph on the front page of your application

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What if I am unable to provide a principals supporting statement?

A supporting statement from your current school principal, supervising stage leader or head teacher would be acceptable in the first instance, to support your application. Further information could then be sought by Employment Programs from the principal of the school where you are teaching if your application progresses.

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Can I apply if I am on LWOP?

Yes, you can apply for the Science and Mathematics Scholarship if you are on leave without pay (LWOP) provided you have not had a break from teaching for more than five years.

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What will the selection process involve?

Science and mathematics scholarship offers are dependent on the applicant:

  • having a current permanent approval to teach in NSW public schools
  • satisfying all necessary probity checks, including a Working With Children Check
  • submitting an application including a principal’s and one referee’s statement
  • providing evidence of course acceptance or enrolment in studies to acquire additional competencies in either science or mathematics
  • entering into a Deed of Agreement, a legally binding agreement that outlines the responsibilities of both the scholarship applicant and the department.

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Will successful and unsuccessful applicants be notified of the outcome?

Yes. Both unsuccessful and successful applicants are notified of the outcome via email once the selection process is completed. If you change your contact details after the closing date, please email your updated contact details to the sponsored training team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au

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If my application has been unsuccessful, can I be provided with information as to why?

If you would like feedback on your application, contact the sponsored training team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 1300 300 634

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What are the commitments of a scholarship recipient?

Successful applicants are required to sign a Deed of Agreement with the department, committing them to:

  • successfully acquiring additional competencies in either science or mathematics
  • accepting appointment as a permanent full time teacher to a NSW public school on completion of studies
  • remaining in the permanent full time teaching position they are appointed to on completion of their studies for a minimum period of three years.

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When are scholarship recipients paid their annual training and general purpose allowances?

Scholarship recipients are paid their $5,000 annual training allowance and $300 general purpose allowance once the sponsored training team receives confirmation of their enrolment in their teacher education studies. Allowances are paid in the form of an electronic funds transfer (EFT) directly into the nominated bank account. Study completion grants will be paid once you have been appointed to a science or mathematics teaching position.

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What are the taxation implications regarding the scholarship allowances and grant?

The $5,000 annual training allowance, $300 one-off general purpose allowance and $2500 study completion grant are taxable income and must be declared as assessable income on annual income tax returns.  The amount of tax to be withheld from the scholarship payments will be determined in accordance with the tax declaration form provided by the scholarship recipient to the Department.

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When are science and mathematics scholarship recipients appointed to their permanent position?

Scholarship recipients are appointed to a permanent fulltime teaching position in a NSW public school for the first day of the school term following completion of the required studies. The Department's Teacher Recruitment Team is responsible for the appointment of sponsored teachers. Scholarship recipients are notified of their appointment at any time from two terms prior to the scholarship appointment commencement date.  The appointments will be dependent on vacancies that arise within this time.

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What does ‘agreed NSW public school’ mean?

By agreeing to the terms and conditions of the Deed of Agreement, scholarship recipients are agreeing to accept appointment to a NSW public school in the Service Commitment Areas as set out in the Deed of Agreement.

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What happens if I decline the scholarship appointment?

By declining the scholarship appointment, you will be in breach of the terms of the Deed of Agreement. You will incur a financial liability to the Department and will be required to repay the financial assistance provided under the scholarship program.

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Do scholarship recipients who are appointed to rural or remote areas receive additional benefits?

On completion of their studies and appointment to a permanent position, scholarship recipients may be eligible for a wide range of incentives and benefits. The benefits vary from school to school. Use the teach.NSW benefits calculator to find out about the benefits and incentives that are available to teachers at individual schools.

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What are the geographic areas of workforce need?

The high-demand metropolitan locations include Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Granville, Liverpool, Mount Druitt and Windsor. The high-demand rural locations include Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Bourke, Broken Hill, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Griffith, Maitland, Moree, Muswellbrook, Orange, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga.

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Where can I find out more?

If you can't find answers to your questions in the above FAQs, contact our sponsored training team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 1300 300 634

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