Clinical Psychology Scholarship (CPS)

Academic Year 2017 - Applications are now closed

The Australian Government aims to consolidate and build on workforce programs to ensure they better align with, and are able to respond to the needs of health professionals to train and practice, particularly in clinical areas and locations of particular need. The NAHSSS Allied Health Clinical Psychology Scholarships are open to students enrolled in an accredited course by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) at Masters and/or combined Master/PhD level.

The scholarship entitlement for the next round of scholarships for 2017 academic year is limited to $15,000 for full time study load and $7,500 for part time study load.

Applicants are highly encouraged to read Scholarship GuidelinesFAQs and step by step instruction on how to complete the application form which are available in the clinical psychology scholarship page before commencing your application.

Application Timeline for 2017 Academic Year

 Applications open 

 27 January 2017

 Application Close

 27 February 2017

 Assessment Period

 28 February to 15 March 2017

 Announcement of results to successful applicants

 17 March 2017

 Announcement of results to unsuccessful applicants

 21 March 2017

 

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The Australian Government aims to consolidate and build on workforce programs to ensure they better align with, and are able to respond to the needs of health professionals to train and practice, particularly in clinical areas and locations of particular need. The NAHSSS Allied Health Clinical Psychology Scholarships are open to students enrolled in an accredited course by Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) at Masters and/or combined Master/PhD level.

The scholarship entitlement for the next round of scholarships for 2017 academic year is limited to $15,000. The scholarship entitlement will spread over depending on the study load i.e. full time or part time study. The maximum scholarship payment per semester for full time study load is $7,500 for two semesters and $3,750 per semester for part time study load for four semesters.

Applicants are highly encouraged to read frequently asked questions FAQs and step by step instruction on how to complete the application form which are available in the clinical psychology scholarship page before commencing your application.

Application Timeline for 2017 Academic Year

Applications open

27 January 2017

Application Close

27 February 2017

Assessment Period

28 February to 15 March 2017

Announcement of results to successful applicants

17 March 2017

Announcement of results to unsuccessful applicants

21 March 2017

 

FAQs

  1. What courses are eligible for the Clinical Psychology Scholarship?
  2. How much is the scholarship entitlement?
  3. Can I upgrade my Clinical Masters to a Doctorate or PhD?
  4. Is this scholarship taxable?
  5. I currently receive Centrelink payments.  Will the scholarship affect these payments?
  6. Can I have more than one Commonwealth Department of Health scholarship?
  7. How do I lodge a complaint?
  8. How will the scholarship be paid?

1. What courses are eligible for the Clinical Psychology Scholarship?

Postgraduate Clinical Psychology courses (Master/Doctoral) conducted by universities in Australia are eligible.  The course must be accredited by the Australian Psychology Accredited Council (APAC) and satisfy the Psychology Board of Australia area of practice endorsement.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the nomintated course will lead to endorsement as a clinical psychologist.

2. How much is the scholarship entitlement?

The maximum scholarship entitlement for 2017 academic year is limited to $15,000 for one year of full-time equivalent study and $7,500 for part time study.  The scholarship is not retrospective; scholars will not be paid for study already completed.  For example, if you have already completed 50% of your study program at the time you first received the scholarship, you will be entitled to 50% of the total scholarship entitlement.

3. Can I upgrade my Clinical Masters to a Doctorate or PhD?

Yes you can.  However, if you are a current NAHSSS Clinical Psychology Scholarship receipient your scholarship entitlement will remain the same and no funding will be available for upgraded study period.

If you are a new applicant you will receive funding for your remaining studies.  Scholarship funding is not retrospective.  If you have completed your Clinical Masters, you are not eligible to apply for this scholarship as your Master of Clinical Psychology qualification satisfies the Australian Psychology Board academic requirements in the area of practice endorsement.

4. Is this scholarship taxable?

The scholarship administrator does not provide tax advice.  You will need to consult your accountant or the Australian Taxation Office regarding any tax issues.

5. I currently receive Centrelink payments.  Will the scholarship affect these payments?

Personal circumstances differ. Successful applicants will need to contact Centrelink about the impact of the scholarship on their Centrelink payments.

6. Can I have more than one Commonwealth Department of Health scholarship?

The NAHSSS Clinical Placement Scholarship is open to clinical psychology scholars.  Otherwise, it is against the Guidelines to have two Commonwealth Department of Health funded scholarships at the same time.  If you are a current scholar, you will need to wait at least 12 months from the date you last received a scholarship payment.

7. How do I lodge a complaint?

All complaints must be in writing to the scholarship administrator.  Complainants will be acknowledged in writing within 14 days.

Scholarship payments are made only on semester basis for 2017 scholarship round.

Payments are made on the first Tuesday of the month. Allow at least one working day for this to reach your account.

  • Monthly payments- only for existing scholars

There will be 10 monthly payments per year with no payments made in December or January.  Due to this, November and February will be double payments.

  • Semester payments

There will be two semester payments per year in February and July.  Where confirmation of enrolment is delayed, the payment will be made on the next scheduled payment date (1st Tuesday of the month).

A current confirmation of enrolment in the next semester is required to initiate payment for that semester.  The scholar will be contacted by email when the confirmation of enrolment is received with the date and amount of the next payment.

  • Full-time and part-time

The full-time rate is $7,500 per semester.

The part-time rate is $3,750 per semester.

 

 

Documents and Forms

Clinical Psychology guidelines 2017

 

You can view the Clinical Psychology 2017 guidelines by clicking here.

You can access to step by step instruction on how to complete the application by clicking here 

Scholar Documentation

Scholarship Agreement 2017

Statement of Declaration

Direct Deposit Banking Details Form

Terms and Conditions

Document Certification

Blank Statutory Declaration form (if for any reason a Statutory Declaration is required to explain why the acceptance of offer documents are not complete e.g. all the records were destroyed in a flood)

Apply for a Scholarship

Application Form

Applications are now closed

When you start an application, an account is generated.  A 'do not reply' email will be sent when the application is started, confirming your personal account code, username and password.  These details are needed to log back in to the application.  Another 'do not reply' email is sent when the application has been submitted.  The email address nominated when the account is created will be used as the primary contact address.  Depending on your email settings, these emails can sometimes end up in the spam or junk mailbox.

Please call the  scholarship team on 1800 338 061 if after reading the Guidelines and FAQs you have any further questions. 

The step-by-step instructions will also assist you in your application process.

 

Eligible Courses

The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) is the accrediting authority for the Psychology Profession in Australia.

The applicants must be enrolled, intending to enrol or have applied to enrol in a full-time or part-time course in an APAC Accredited Clinical Psychology study program to be eligible to apply for a NAHSSS: Clinical Psychology Scholarship.

The commencing course must lead to obtaining an endorsement as a clinical psychologist from the Psychology Board of Australia.

The list courses was prepared solely for the NAHSSS: Clinical Psychology Scholarship and was prepared based on the information extract from the list of Psychology Approved Program of Study in the Psychology Board of Australia website.

Please check the list of eligible courses for the Clinical Psychology Scholarship before you begin the application.

The  list of courses is an indication.  There is a possibility of accrediting new courses or removing the existing courses from the universities during the scholarship application process.  It is an applicant's responsibility to select an eligible course which leads to obtaining an endorsement as a clinical psychologist.

List of eligible courses.

Scholarship News

Newsletters

Postgraduate Quarterly Newsletter

The Postgraduate team publishes a quarterly newsletter to highlight topics on scholarship stories and any other events that might be of interest.

We are always interested in what you think of our newsletter or anything you would like to add.  Have you heard any catchy health phrases? Are there interesting experiences at your work place?

We would love to hear them!

Postgraduate Newsletter - 1st Edition

Postgraduate Newsletter - 2nd Edition

Postgraduate Newsletter - 3rd Edition

Postgraduate Newsletter - 4th Edition

Postgraduate Newsletter - 5th Edition

Postgraduate Newsletter - 6th Edition

 

Scholar Stories

Click on any one of the names below to read about our Scholar's stories.

Samantha Joplin

Samantha graduated from Southern Cross University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Psychology (awarded with first class Honours) and became the 2013 University medalist.

Samantha was awarded the NAHSSS Clinical Psychology Scholarship to study a Doctor of Clinical Psychology/Master of Science at the Univeristy of Sydney.

Jeffrey Nelson

Jeffrey was offered a NAHSSS Clinical Psychology Scholarship in 2012 to study a Master of Clinical Psychology at James Cook University.

Kirsty Moore

Kirsty Moore is a clinical psychologist working in both Barossa and Mannum in the Riverland.  She was offered a NAHSSS Clinical Psychology Scholarship to study a Master of Clinical Psychology.

Tim White

A NAHSSS Postgraduate Scholarship was awarded to Tim to study a Doctor of Clinical Psychology. 

He is employed by Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Services in far North Queensland as a psychologist and team leader for the Indigenous youth drug and alcohol team.

Jade Gooding

Jade was offered a NAHSSS Clinical Psychology Scholarship to study a Master of Clinical Psychology.

 

Kobie Allison

Kobie was offered a NAHSSS Clinical Psychology Scholarship to study a Master of Clinical Psychology.

 

Valarie Ranson

Valarie was offered a NAHSSS Clinical Psychology Scholarship to study a Master of Clinical Psychology.

 

Contact Us - Clinical Psychology

NAHSSS Clinical Psychology

Postal address

PO Box 74
Deakin West ACT 2600

Phone

Freecall:  1800 338 061
Office: (02) 6285 4960