FAQs

  1. What courses are eligible for the Clinical Psychology Scholarship?
  2. How much is the scholarship entitlement for 2017 scholarship round?
  3. Can I upgrade my Clinical Masters to a Doctorate or Ph.D.?
  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 nominated course will lead to the endorsement as a clinical psychologist.

2. How much is the scholarship entitlement for 2017 scholarship round?

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 Ph.D.?

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