The First State Super Teachers Scholarship is designed specifically to support public primary school teachers who teach Early Stage One and Stage One.   The scholarship provides up to $10,000 to be spent on an approved professional development / professional learning activity or set of activities.

First State Super is one of Australia’s largest profit-for-member financial service organisations.  It provides members with better financial futures through safe and secure superannuation and quality financial advice.

Its size means it can invest in ways that make a positive impact on the economy, the environment and the communities in which its members live, work and retire.

Its members are teachers, nurses and emergency service workers – the carers in our community.  First State Super understands the important role it plays in safeguarding their savings and works with members to help them achieve the futures they want.

First State Super is proud to support teachers as members and is particularly proud to support this scholarship.  Early Stage One and Stage One teachers give young children the foundation blocks for future learning – they are responsible for helping our children feel future ready.

Before applying for this scholarship, please ensure that you read the scholarship terms and conditions available on our website at


  • Be a current Early Stage One or Stage One teacher in a government primary school in Australia;
  • Be committed to continue as a teacher in the government school system for at least another five years;
  • Be available to share your learnings and act as an Ambassador for the Public Education Foundation and First State Super (if applicable) after the professional development experience;
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident



  • Evidence of significant ability as an early stage educator;
  • Commitment to public education;
  • Capability for leadership into the future;
  • Evidence of a candidate’s enthusiasm for furthering their own professional development and education;
  • Other personal qualities and personal circumstances that would enhance the candidate’s suitability for a First State Super Teachers Scholarship;
  • A clearly articulated demonstration of the need for the requested professional development, including how the knowledge will be shared with colleagues and implemented in the classroom; and
  • Agree to the terms and conditions of the scholarship.


A selection panel will review all scholarship applications and assess them against the selection criteria. The selection panel will include representatives of the Public Education Foundation, First State Super and independent experts. After considering all applications, the selection panel will recommend the selected applicants for the approval of the Public Education Foundation’s Board. The selection panel reserves the right to ask shortlisted applicants to participate in an interview.


To apply for the First State Super Teachers Scholarship, applicants can access the link to the online portal via the Foundation’s website –

Please note that all applications are now received via the Foundation’s online portal.

Prior to starting your application, you should compile the following information ready to submit:

  • Applicant details including:
    • full name
    • phone number
    • address
    • email
  • Residence status
  • Number of years as an Early Stage One and/or Stage One Teacher
  • School details:
    • name of school
    • address
    • principal name
    • email
    • total enrolment
    • student attendance rate
    • % of Indigenous students
    • % of EALD students
    • % of students with special needs
  • A statement outlining why you, the applicant, is a suitable candidate for this scholarship and how you meet each of the selection criteria. (maximum 300 words)
  • Please also outline your plan for professional development including:
    • Requested course/s
    • Anticipated costs (including any travel / incidental costs associated with the study)
    • Your plan for sharing your knowledge with colleagues
    • Your plan for implementing your knowledge in the classroom (Maximum 300 words)
  • A reference from your Principal confirming their commitment to supporting your study and releasing you from teaching if necessary to undertake the study (PDF or Word format, maximum 400 words)

Note for Principals: Please be aware that your reference is a critical component of the application form and your feedback is given considerable weight in the process of panel deliberations.  The panels are looking for feedback that goes well beyond simple confirmation that the teacher is employed at your school.  


Once you have finalized your application and all elements are complete (including   references as required) you can submit it for review.

Applications must be submitted by 11.59pm on Tuesday 20 February 2018

Please note that if you are selected as the successful recipient of this scholarship you will be required to submit a detailed proposal of your intended study, with associated expenditure, for approval prior to the funds being made available to you. Funding will be made available in late May 2018 so it is strongly recommended that your requested course/s take place after this date.


Call the Public Education Foundation on 02 9266 8452 or email us at

We also encourage you to visit our website to learn more about the Foundation and the work that we do –

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