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Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarships

The fifth and final round of the Emergency Management Scholarships will open on January 7.

The Australian Government has established a million-dollar scholarship fund to equip volunteers with the skills and leadership required in the emergency and disaster management sector. Volunteers may be eligible for financial support to access accredited vocational and higher education qualifications in emergency and disaster management fields.

The program initially consisted of four application rounds; in recognition of the program’s demonstrated value, the Australian Government announced an additional $1 million in funding in August 2018, and the addition of a fifth application round.

Applying for a scholarship

Applicants are required to register through the online application portal. Applicants only need to register and create an account once; the same account can be used to apply again for a subsequent funding round.

Required documentation

In completing your application we require you to upload two references, and both need to be connected to the agency with whom you volunteer. You will need to upload two separate documents: an agency endorsement letter, and a reference.

Organisation endorsement

As part of the application process, applicants must contact the organisation with which they volunteer to seek endorsement for their scholarship application. Endorsements should be in the form of a short letter, and include the name, role and full contact details (including email and phone number) of the person providing the statement. Endorsement letters must carry the organisation’s official letterhead.

Download organisation endorsement letter template (MS Word 15KB)

Written reference

As part of the application process, applicants must provide a written reference. The referee must be connected to the organisation with which the applicant volunteers. The reference need only be one page in length, however it should demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to ongoing participation in an emergency or disaster management volunteer role, as well as manager-level support for study.

A strong reference will confirm the applicant’s role, period of service and town/location, as well as noting previous role training and highlighting the value of further training or education to the organisation.

Units of Competency

Applicants planning to study an Advanced Diploma or Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management) do not need to list the individual Units of Competency. However, applicants must indicate a start and an end date for studies. Applicants for higher education courses and individual courses or Units of Competency must still list, where possible, each unit and its date.

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Full scholarship guidelines

For more information visit the AIDR website.

Administrative resources for recipients


Successful applicants who receive a scholarship will need to complete and return the bank details form below.

This form should only be completed by successful applicants, and posted or emailed directly to AIDR.

The payment calendar contains the planned reimbursement dates and relevant submission deadlines for scholarship recipients. AIDR will work to adhere to these dates, and recipients will be contacted in advance in the event that there is a change to a scheduled payment.

Bank details form (MS Word 24KB)

Scholarship payment calendar (PDF 211KB)

Reimbursement: Government loan schemes (higher education only)

Higher education students using a government loan scheme may be eligible to claim a reimbursement from the scholarships fund. Students are advised to consult the advice on required documentation prior to making a claim.

Advice on required documentation (PDF 440KB)

Expense reimbursement form (MS Word 18KB)

Providing identification

100 Points of Identification guidelines (PDF 66KB)

Scholarship applications close: 4 March 2019.

For more information visit the Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience website.