Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship - School Leavers

If you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and are studying or intend to study an undergraduate or postgraduate teacher qualification, our Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship might be right for you.

So we can encourage and support our aspiring teachers, this scholarship provides generous financial benefits and the opportunity to gain valuable experience and skills teaching in a supportive environment while you study (on a full-time basis) and after graduation.

Scholarship details

Value: $20,000 approx. total

Duration: 4 Years

Application dates


Open: 14/10/2021
Close: 10/12/2021


This scholarship is for:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants
High school leavers

Areas of study:

  • Teacher education

At Institution:

Any in Australia

Study level:

  • Undergraduate

Study Load:

  • Full Time


  • ACT
  • NSW
  • NT
  • SA
  • QLD
  • TAS
  • VIC
  • WA

Eligibility Criteria

You must complete Year 12 this year and be commencing or continuing an undergraduate Initial Teacher Education (ITE) program, such as a Bachelor of Education, in the first semester of the year after you graduated Year 12.

In addition, you must be:

  • of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent
  • a high-achieving individual already studying or intending to study (degree level) an undergraduate or postgraduate initial teacher education qualification on a full-time basis in 2022
  • committed to teaching in a Queensland state school upon graduation for a minimum service period (based on the duration of the scholarship supported “study period”).

How to Apply

Applications for the 2022 Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship close at midnight on Friday 10 December 2021.
Step 1: Gather the supporting documents you need to attach to your online application:
  • Proof of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Academic/school results for Years 11 and 12
  • Tertiary Entrance evidence (application confirmation for entry or confirmation of place where an early offer has been made)
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Step 2: Submit your online application and attachments via the website

Further Information

The scholarship is named in honour of Dr Pearl Duncan, an Aboriginal teacher who has dedicated her life to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in education. Pearl is an accomplished individual with a long history in the education sector. She has taught students from primary school to university and has contributed to research work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies.

Pearl has the honour of being the first Aboriginal school teacher in Australia who was trained at a tertiary institution and holds a PhD in Aboriginal Cultural Studies, a Master of Education, a Bachelor of Letters Anthropology (Honours) and a NSW Teacher’s Certificate. Her many accolades include being named Senior Australian of the Year (Queensland) in 2004 and being awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for increasing Aboriginal participation in education.