Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships

The Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships applications are now closed.

For 2022, a total of 32 Scholarships to the value of $3,000 each are available for staff to attend relevant conferences, short courses, seminars or workshops.

  • 12 x $3,000 scholarships are available for Academic staff
  • 12 x $3,000 scholarships are available for Professional staff
  • 6 x $3,000 scholarships are available for Academic Sessional and Academic Adjunct staff
  • 2 x $3,000 scholarships are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff

    Note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff should refer to the application criteria procedures and closing date at the Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff (opens in a new window) in order to complete their application.

Who can Apply?

Applications are open to all ongoing Western Sydney University academic and professional staff (part-time and full-time) who have a minimum of 12 months continuous service and can demonstrate how the professional development activity will benefit their career or professional development and their organisational unit or the University overall.

The professional development activity must also be related to a staff members' duties of employment at Western Sydney University.  For full eligibility ruling, please see the Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarship Guidelines (PDF, 62.79 KB) (opens in a new window) document.

Note: Senior Staff HEW 10 and above and Professors (Level E) are not eligible.

What Type of Professional Development can the Scholarships be used for?

Scholarships may be used for a variety of professional development activities including conferences, seminars, workshops and short courses that are relevant to the staff member's duties of employment at Western Sydney University. The scholarships are not available for payment towards courses such as Bachelors and Masters Degrees. For more information, please see Education Allowance in the Professional Development Policy (opens in a new window).

Application Criteria and Procedures

Please read the detailed application criteria and procedures (PDF, 62.79 KB) (opens in a new window) before completing an application form.

Application Forms

Applications for the 2022 Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships are currently OPEN
2022 Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarship Application Forms Ongoing & Limited Term Academic ( PDF, 162.56 KB)(opens in a new window)
Sessional and Adjunct Academic Staff (PDF, 156.38 KB) (opens in a new window)
Professional Staff (PDF, 162.56 KB)(opens in a new window)
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Staff (PDF, 166.94 KB)(opens in a new window)

2022 Scholarship Recipients

In 2021, a total of 24 Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships were awarded for completion in 2022.  Recipients are listed below.

Academic Staff

Staff Member Conference or Professional Development Activity

Amit Arora
School of Health Sciences

2022 IADR/APR General Session and Exhibition

Charles Barbour
School of Humanities and Communication Arts 

Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) Conference

Andrew Bennie
School of Health Sciences

IWG World Conference on Women and Sport

Tinashe Dune
School of Health Sciences

Mental Health First Aid Instructor Course

Hind Elmir
School of Nursing and Midwifery

The STARS Conference
Allison Fuller
School of Humanities and Communication Arts
International Association for Music and Medicine Conference

Amy-Marie Gilpin
Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Suite of courses from Quality Matters - aimed at the design and development of online and blended learning courses

Erika Gyengesi
School of Medicine

MNS2022 Conference

Alison Moore
School of Humanities and Communication Arts

Suite of courses from Quality Matters - professional development in online teaching and teaching evaluation

Sheeja Perumbil Pathrose
School of Nursing and Midwifery

The American Psychosocial Oncology Society - 19th Annual Conference

Tia Peseta
Learning Futures

Higher Education close Up (HECU)10: Critial approaches to close-up Higher Education Research

Gina Saliba
Learning Futures

The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australiasia Conference (HERDSA)

Sessional Academic Staff

Staff MemberConference or Professional Development Activity
Neha Deo
School of Business 

Suite of courses from Quality Matters - aimed at the design, improvement of courses and teaching online

Dariush Izadi
School of Humanities and Communication Arts

Sociolinguistics Symposium 24

Gretchen Shirm
School of Humanities and Communication Arts

Trauma Informed Care course

Erika SmithSchool of Education

Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australiasia (HERDSA) Conference

Franco Ubaudi
School of Computer, Data and Mathematical Sciences

Python Programming course: Level 1A and 1B

Professional Staff

Staff Member Conference or Professional Development Activity
Charlotte Farina
Office of Student Experience and Marketing
Adobe Software Training in Web Design and Development, Video and Animation
Michael Franklin
Teaching and Research Technical Services
Remote Pilot Licence - Drone

Gavin Smith
Learning Futures

Business Analyst and Business Analytics Micro Credential bundle

Dominika Wojtalewicz
Teaching and Research Technical Services

International Conference on Advances in Chromatography and Applications ICACA

Ben Wong
Learning Futures

Front end web development

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff

Staff Member Conference or Professional Development Activity
Christopher Miller
Future Student Engagement Indigenous Engagement Team
World Indigenous People's Conference on Education (WIPCE) 2022
Paul Saunders
School of Medicine
The Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC)

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Office of People and Success via email vcpdscholarships@westernsydney.edu.au.