We offer a range of scholarships to help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to get ahead.

Scholarships – Chifley Business School at Torrens University Australia

This scholarship consists of a 20% full tuition fee waiver for Chifley Business School’s post-graduate courses.

About the Scholarship

All Chifley Business School courses are designed specifically for professionals in the engineering, science, technology and related sectors. It is designed to be relevant across all aspects of your work, ranging from broad business units to more specialist subjects that provide technical professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in management roles.
You will graduate having integrated your new knowledge with existing experience, and being able to apply it to new situations. In addition to being able to communicate your findings, you will have the skills to implement agreed solutions efficiently.

We will also help you develop your interpersonal skills, so you will leave with increased confidence in your ability to interact effectively with a range of specialists.

How to apply

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Chifley Business School for more information.

Applications are now open.

Eligibility

All applicants must be financial members of the Association.

All applicants must meet Chifley Business School’s entry requirements to be able to accept the scholarship. To find out more about the application requirements visit the Chifley Business School website.

Chifley Business School

*Textbooks not included as part of the scholarship.

Partnership is a business skills development scholarship program which demonstrates our commitment to supporting Professionals Australia’s Contractors and Consultants group members’ professional development in the absence of a sponsoring employer.

What is Partnership?

To supplement its range of career management services, Partnership has been developed as a partnership between Professionals Australia CONNECT and its Contracting and Consulting members.

Partnership is a business skills development scholarship program which shows our commitment to sponsoring our members’ continuing professional development (CPD) in the absence of a sponsoring employer. The aim is to assist Contractors and Consultants group members to develop a comprehensive and up-to-date portfolio of transferable skills.

Why a Scholarship program?

The Contractors and Consultants group chose to develop a scholarship program to demonstrate our commitment to the professional development of our contractor/consultant members.

In addition to pointing you in the direction of appropriate professional development opportunities, we want members to understand that we are prepared to actually invest in their CPD.

A recent study undertaken by the University of Tasmania’s Centre for Research and Learning looked at the knowledge and skills people working in self-managing work arrangements needed to operate successfully, and concluded that the professional contingent workforce required training which was targeted at their specific business needs, was of a high quality, affordable, flexible with time commitment required, and involved learning from their professional peers. The scholarship program provides members with a cash incentive of $500 to participate in training they choose as relevant and flexible enough to meet their individual needs.

How does it operate?

The scholarship is awarded on an annual basis. The member who is awarded the scholarship will receive $500 cash to spend on skills development in their chosen area.

Who can participate?

You are eligible to enter if you are a current financial Professionals Australia member, are registered as a member of the Contractors and Consultants group (free as part of your Professionals Australia membership), are operating as an independent contractor or consultant and are prepared to write a brief synopsis of the value or otherwise of the training undertaken.

How is the scholarship recipient selected?

The winner will be selected on the basis of their answer to the question contained in Parts 2 and 3 of the Application Form where applicants detail how they think their business operation would benefit from the course selected.

When do I need to get my application in by?

The closing date is 31st May

Endorsement by John Buchanan

The Partnership scholarship program was developed in response to a 2000 Report “It’s Not my Problem” which called for institutional mechanisms to facilitate the development of skills and investment in training.

John Buchanan, one of the co-authors of the Report, endorsed the program as follows:

I have been involved in research on the changing nature of work in society for over a decade and more recently in researching the impact of the growth of non-standard work on training and professional development. I fully support Professionals Australia Contractors and Consultants Partnership initiative – the scholarship program offers a flexible and relevant professional development opportunity for professionals involved in self-managing work arrangements.

Professionals Australia’s Contractors and Consultants group members are fortunate to have a professional association which understands that professional development is a key issue for independent contractors and consultants, and is prepared to commit to investing in building their foundation skills.

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Download application form here.

Previous Scholarship Recipients

IT Upskill is a skills development scholarship program which demonstrates our commitment to supporting IT Professionals’ training needs. The program is one of a range of services available to IT Professionals.

What is IT Upskill?

To supplement its comprehensive range of services to IT Professionals, IT Upskill has been to show our commitment to sponsoring our IT members’ continuing professional development.

Why a Scholarship program?

We want our IT Professionals to understand that we are committed to investing in their CPD.

The scholarship program provides members with a cash incentive of $500 towards training they choose as relevant and flexible enough to meet their individual needs.

How does it operate?

The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis. The member who is awarded the scholarship will receive $500 cash to spend on skills development in the area chosen by the recipient.

Who can participate?

You are eligible to enter if you are a current financial member, are an ITprofessional and complete the application form.

How is the scholarship recipient selected?

Scholarship applications will be assessed against the criteria listed below. In their application, the scholarship recipient should:

  • demonstrate an ongoing commitment to professional development and extending their existing skills (for example, building on previous training);
  • show an understanding of potential networking opportunities afforded by professional development to a consultant/contractor; and
  • be pursuing professional development in an area which will contribute to their portfolio of transferable skills.

When do I need to get my application in by?

Applications close on the 31st May

Download application

Download IT scholarship application form

Previous Scholarship Recipients

Women in IT scholarship – Continuing Professional Development as a way to help address barriers to advancement

The Professionals Australia Women in IT scholarship is a program which demonstrates our commitment to providing positive and tangible support for women in the IT profession.

Women are seriously underrepresented in the IT sector – women’s participation is under 10 per cent for most specialised ICT professional occupations.

We believe that Continuing Professional Development (CPD) plays an important role in helping address barriers to advancement at the workplace level and in turn underrepresentation at the structural level.

How can CPD help address barriers to advancement at the workplace level?

What is the reality of advancement in your workplace?

While EEO and workplace diversity strategies aim to broaden the pool from which managerial talent is drawn, take the time to note what the reality is in your organisation. Are managers drawn from the sales, production or finance areas for example as is often the case – areas which directly affect the bottom line.

As a practical strategy, you should aim to understand the sections from which managers are drawn, and then let this knowledge inform your choices.

Formal or informal CPD might assist you moving into the areas from which managers are drawn if you have limited existing experience.

Develop your management skills alongside technical skills

For technology-based professionals, a not uncommon career scenario is advancement towards a role as a specialist with expertise in a particular field, and while this can operate to assist your career progression to a certain point, it may also limit your potential for advancement into the Senior Management and Executive level.

A possible solution in terms of career development could be to develop your management skills base alongside your technical expertise. If you’re planning on specialising in a particular area, consider becoming your organisation’s reference authority in a secondary area of expertise – technical or otherwise. While you might acquire lots of hands-on experience managing and developing others, don’t let that be a substitute for formally-recognised management skills.

Don’t limit your options by specialising at the expense of your broader skills set. Invest in CPD which develops and formalises your management as well as technical skills.

Leadership styles

Women can be regarded as having an “inclusive” or “process-driven” style of leadership rather than a leadership style which enables them to make and implement tough outcomes-driven corporate decisions.

A useful strategy would be to pursue accredited qualifications in leadership so your skills in this area are formally recognised by an independent external body.

Earnings potential and post-graduate qualifications

Graduate Careers Council of Australia surveys have consistently shown that the differential between male and female earnings decreases as participation in post-graduate education advances. That is, at the Masters level there may still be a significant difference between the median salaries of males compared with females, but considerably less so at the doctorate level.

Whether or not you choose to pursue post-graduate education will depend on whether or not it will be relevant in the context of your organisation or in your professional area of expertise, but it is a practical strategy worth considering.

Returning from a career break

Returning from a career break presents a range of challenges including an ill-informed perception that your commitment to your work may be compromised by family responsibilities. Support from your manager and a commitment to win/win flexible work practices are likely to be useful.

Consider also formal and informal, internal and external CPD (or a combination of both) that might assist you effectively transition back into the workplace.

Ensuring part-timers have access to CPD

Women generally comprise a relatively higher proportion of those working part-time in a workplace. If those working part-time in your workplace have differential access to training, arranging CPD to broaden your skills base or keep your skills up-to-date is worth considering.

Ensure you have access to CPD even if you’re working part-time.

Mentoring

Support through mentoring is one of the most useful forms of informal CPD for helping address potential obstacles to career advancement.

Seek out mentoring opportunities within and beyond your organisation.

Understanding the processes of decision-making

Networking, maintaining a profile and having a “seat at the table” can all facilitate career advancement. It allows you to learn how decisions are made, who the key decision-makers are and how succession planning in your organisation works. You need to understand how to be articulate in how your section or role contributes to the goals and bottom line of the organisation, and promote the value of your role and section to decision-makers. Where possible, participate in decision-making meetings so you are aware of what’s happening in the organisation and, just as importantly, they are aware of you. Undertaking collaborative projects with other colleagues or departments may also be a way of raising your profile with managers beyond your own section.

Consider CPD in running effective meetings, public speaking, presentation skills and networking.

Avoiding the Superwoman Syndrome

When considering a more senior position, many women may be wary about a possible increase in time and out-of-hours commitment. But don’t assume that a more senior role will necessarily mean you can’t find a balance. If you’re considering a promotion, find out what the time and travel commitments are, and whether flexible arrangements, re-prioritising and appropriate delegation could mean that you could successfully manage the change.

Consider CPD in effective delegation and time management.

In practical terms, don’t deny yourself advancement solely on the basis that it may upset the finely tuned balance you’ve achieved in what are already invariably very busy lives.

CPD strategies again …

  • Formal or informal CPD might assist you moving into the areas from which managers are drawn if you have limited existing experience
  • Don’t limit your options by specialising at the expense of your broader skills set. Invest in CPD which formalises your management skills as well as your technical skills.
  • Pursue accredited qualifications in leadership so your skills in this area are formally recognised by an independent external body
  • Consider post-graduate education as a means to broadening your areas of expertise and minimising pay differential
  • Consider formal and informal, internal and external CPD (or a combination of both) that might assist you effectively transition back into the workplace if you’re returning from a career break
  • Ensure you have access to CPD even if you’re working part-time
  • Seek out mentoring opportunities within and beyond your organisation
  • Consider CPD in running effective meetings, public speaking, presentation skills and networking
  • Consider CPD in effective delegation and time management

The scholarship

Why a scholarship program?

We want our Women in IT members to understand that we are committed to:

  • encouraging you to develop the skills that will help address some of the barriers to remaining in IT; and
  • helping you further advance your IT career.

The scholarship program provides the recipient with a cash incentive of $500 towards CPD which will help meet these objectives.

How does it operate?

The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis. The member who is awarded the scholarship will receive $500 cash to spend on skills development in their chosen area.

Who can participate?

You are eligible to enter if you are a current financial Professionals Australia member, female, registered with our IT group, complete the application form and are prepared to provide a pic and be included in an item on the scholarship in our e-newsletter and member journal.

How is the scholarship recipient selected?

The winner will be selected on the basis of their answer to the question contained in Part 2 of the Application Form where applicants detail how they think the training will help address some of the barriers to remaining in IT and/or will further advance your IT career.

When do I need to get my application in by?

Applications close 31 May

Application Form

Download the application form here.

Previous Scholarship Recipients

Sarah Barker named the 2017 recipient of the Women in IT CPD scholarship

Sarah Barker is a Victorian-based Software Engineer with Engineering and Commerce degrees from the University of Melbourne. Sarah applied for the scholarship with the intention of undertaking….Read More

Liisa Mills the 2016 recipient of the Women in IT CPD scholarship

Liisa Mills is a Victorian-based mature-age student approaching the end of her Masters in Information Technology through Swinburne University of Technology. A member of the Association since February this year…Read More

Jen Wonson selected as the recipient of the inaugural Professionals Australia Women in IT scholarship

Jennifer Wonson – a NSW-based IT Professional – has been named recipient of the 2015 Professionals Australia Women in IT scholarship. Jennifer graduated with an IT degree from the University of Wollongong in 2009…Read More

What is Manager Upskill?

To supplement its comprehensive range of services to Managers and Professionals, Manager Upskill has been developed to show our commitment to sponsoring our Managers’ continuing professional development.

Why a scholarship program?

We want our Managers to understand that we are committed to investing in their CPD.

The scholarship program provides members with a cash incentive of $500 towards training they choose as relevant and flexible enough to meet their individual needs.

How does it operate?

The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis. The member who is awarded the scholarship will receive $500 cash to spend on skills development in the area chosen by the recipient.

Who can participate?

You are eligible to enter if you are a current financial Professionals Australia member, are a member of the Managers and Professionals Division and complete the application form.

How are applications assessed?

Applications will be assessed for whether the applicant:

  • demonstrates an ongoing commitment to professional development and extending their existing skills including building on previous training;
  • shows an understanding of the important contribution of new and up-to-date management skills to innovation and improved organisational capability; and
  • recognises the need for technical specialists to broaden their skills base particularly in the areas of people management and self-development.

How is the scholarship recipient selected?

The winner will be selected on the basis of their answer to the question contained in Part 2 of the application form where applicants detail how they think they would benefit from the proposed professional development.

When do I need to get my application in by?

Applications close on the 30 June.

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Each year Professionals Australia provides up to two scholarships for early-career scientist members to attend Science meets Parliament (SmP), a two-day event that brings together more than 200 of Australia’s top scientists and decision-makers in Canberra.

The scholarship is selected on the basis of an essay competition and each scholarship covers recipient members’ conference fees, travel and accommodation.

The aim of the event is twofold – firstly to demonstrate our commitment to the continuing professional development of our early-career Professional Scientist members, and secondly to encourage debate around the big picture issues facing science in Australia.

Science meets Parliament 2017

The 2017 Science meets Parliament will be held on 21 and 22 March.

To enter, you need to submit a brief CV plus a 1000 words or less essay addressing one of these questions:

What kind of support, structures and practices in science and R&D will be necessary to allow us to meet the contemporary and future challenges we face as a nation?

or

In your view what policy settings and initiatives would help attract the next generation of scientists to the profession and encourage innovation?

or

In your view what policy settings and initiatives would encourage greater collaboration between industry and the research sector, and researchers to work in industry in greater numbers?

Closing date for entries is 31st January, 2017.

Essays should be emailed to scientists@professionalsaustralia.org.au.

Scholarship recipients will be asked to write a brief report on their experience of SmP which will be included on the Scientists website.

 

Previous Scholarship Recipients

  • Science meets Parliament 2016

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Architect Upskill is a skills development scholarship program which demonstrates Professionals Australia’s commitment to supporting the training and development needs of Architects.

The program is one of a range Professionals Australia services available to Architects.

What is Architect Upskill?

To supplement its comprehensive range of services to Architects, Architect Upskill has been to show our commitment to sponsoring our Architects’ continuing professional development.

Why a Scholarship program?

We want our Architects to understand that we are committed to investing in their CPD.

The scholarship program provides members with a cash incentive of $500 towards training they choose as relevant and flexible enough to meet their individual needs.

How does it operate?

The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis. The member who is awarded the scholarship will receive $500 cash to spend on skills development in the area chosen by the recipient.

Who can participate?

Current financial Architect members are eligible for the Architect Upskill scholarship, subject to the following:

• members of the Architects Division Committee, whether elected or appointed to casual vacancies, will be ineligible to be the recipient of the Architects Division scholarship;

• winners will not be considered for the scholarship in subsequent years; and

• the award recipient agrees to an item on the scholarship being included in the Professionals Australia e-news.

How is the scholarship recipient selected?

The winner will be selected on the basis of their answers to the question contained in Part 2  of the Application Form where applicants detail how they think they would benefit from the proposed professional development.

Applications will be assessed for whether the applicant:

• demonstrates an ongoing commitment to professional development and extending their existing skills including building on previous training;

• shows an understanding of the important contribution of new and up-to-date technical skills to good design and innovation; and/or

• recognises the need for technical specialists to broaden their skills base particularly in the self-development areas of interpersonal, communication, and people and time management.

Applications close 30 September.

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Science Upskill is a skills development scholarship program which demonstrates the Professional Scientists Australia’s commitment to supporting Science Professionals’ training needs.

The program is one of a range Professionals Australia services available to Professional Scientists..

What is Science Upskill?

To supplement its comprehensive range of services to Professional Scientists, Science Upskill has been to show our commitment to sponsoring our Professional Scientists’ continuing professional development.

Why a Scholarship program?

We want our Professional Scientist members to understand that we are committed to investing in their continuing professional development. The scholarship program provides members with a cash incentive of $500 towards training they choose as relevant and flexible enough to meet their individual needs.

How does it operate?

The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis. The member who is awarded the scholarship will receive a cheque for $500 to spend on skills development in the area chosen by the recipient.

Who can participate?

You are eligible to enter if you have a Science degree, are a current financial member, complete the application form, agree to your answer to Part 2 in the application form being published on the website, in the journal and e-news and to provide a photograph of yourself via email.

How is the scholarship recipient selected?

The winner will be selected on the basis of their answer to the question contained in Part 2 of the Application Form where applicants detail how they think they would benefit from the proposed professional development.

When do I need to get my application in by?

Applications close on the 31st July.

Download the Scholarship application form

 

Previous Scholarship Recipients

Women in Engineering

The Professionals Australia Women in Engineering scholarship is a program which demonstrates our commitment to providing positive and tangible support for women working in the Engineering profession.

Women are seriously underrepresented in Engineering – over 89 per cent of engineering professionals in Australia are male.[1]

Professionals Australia sees the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields as not only an issue of justice and equity, but one of supply and of economic imperative. Narrowing the gap between male and female employment rates in Australia could potentially boost GDP by 11%.[2]

A range of initiatives such as providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) role models at the primary and secondary school levels, increasing the number of girls undertaking STEM subjects in their final years at secondary school, addressing bias at the level of workplace recruitment and in promotion practices, providing workplace flexibility to support balancing work and family responsibilities, addressing workforce cultures issues which may tolerate discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying, reviewing the value attached to occupations and industries which have a high proportion of females, and providing female role models in management and leadership positions are critical to improve the retention of women in the engineering workforce.

So why a scholarship program?

As well as these important initiatives at the structural and enterprise levels, Professionals Australia believes that Continuing Professional Development (CPD) has an important role to play in helping address barriers to advancement at the workplace level and in turn underrepresentation at the structural level.

Professional development can include training in formal leadership and management skills, updating skills after a career break, professional coaching and mentoring, extending networking and negotiating skills.

The scholarship program provides the recipient with a cash incentive of $500 towards CPD in these or other relevant areas.

How does it operate?

The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis. The member who is awarded the scholarship will receive $500 cash to spend on relevant skills development in their chosen area.

Who can participate?

You are eligible to enter if you are a current financial Professionals Australia member, female, have an Engineering degree, complete the application form and are prepared to provide a photo to be included in an item on the scholarship in our e-newsletter and member magazine.

How is the scholarship recipient selected?

The winner will be selected on the basis of their answer to the question contained in Part 2 of the Application Form where applicants detail how they think the training will help address some of the barriers to remaining in Engineering and/or will further advance their Engineering career.

When do I need to get my application in by?

Applications close 31 July.

Download the application form here.

[1] :   ABS, 2013, Labour force survey, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003. Cited in Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (2014). Engineering workforce study, p. 104. Available at http://www.industry.gov.au/skills/Publications/Documents/Engineering-Workforce-Study-June-2014.pdf.

[2]     Goldman Sachs JB Were Investment Research, Australia’s Hidden Resource: The Economic Case for Increasing Female Participation (2009). Available at http://www.womenonboards.org.au/pubs/reports/091130gsjbw.pdf.

Scholarship Recipients

Joanna Kobus the 2016 recipient of the inaugural Women in Engineering scholarship

Joanna Kobus is Victorian-based professional who has Engineering and Business degrees from Swinburne and has been a member of Professionals Australia since 2005. Read More.

Skills development – TI Upskill scholarship

The Translators and Interpreters skills development scholarship is an annual program which shows Professionals Australia’s commitment to helping keep Translators and Interpreters skills up-to-date. The objective of the scholarship is to ensure the currency of skills is maintained to support the provision of high quality service and maintain NAATI accreditation.

What is TI Upskill?

To supplement its comprehensive range of services to Translators and Interpreters, TI Upskill has been created to show our commitment to sponsoring our TI’s continuing professional development.

Why a scholarship program?

We want our Translator and Interpreter members to understand that we are committed to investing in their continuing professional development as a means to ensuring high-quality service provision.

The scholarship program provides a cash incentive of $500 towards training the applicant chooses to enhance the broad-ranging skill set they require in their everyday work.

How does it operate?

The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis. The member who is awarded the scholarship will receive a cheque for $500 to spend on skills development in the area chosen by the recipient. Courses and workshops in relevant areas including soft skills are eligible. The scholarship is not intended to be used to cover the costs of NAATI accreditation, re-accreditation or re-sitting NAATI tests.

Who can participate?

You are eligible to enter if you operate as a Translator or Interpreter, are a current financial member of Professionals Australia, complete the application form, agree to your answer to Part 2 in the application form being published on the website, in the journal and e-news and to provide a photograph of yourself via email.

How is the scholarship recipient selected?

The winner will be selected on the basis of their answer to the question contained in Part 2 of the Application Form where applicants detail how they think they would benefit from the proposed professional development.

When do I need to get my application in by?

Applications close on the 31 October.

Download application

Download TI scholarship application form

Scholarship recipients

Kaynoosh Kashefi the 2016 recipient of the inaugural TI Upskill scholarship

Kaynoosh Kashefi is an SA-based interpreter who has been interpreting for over two years. She has been a member of Professionals Australia since 2010…..Read More.