MIGAS Scholarships and Grants

The annual MiScholarship program is open nationally to all current apprentices and trainees employed by MIGAS. 

On offer are 20 scholarships and grants totalling up to $25,000 in financial assistance to help you gear up your career

Think of the things you could do with a cash scholarship. You could buy new tools, get yourself reliable transport to and from your placement, or even just pay the bills!

This year, new Gear Up Grants of $500 are available, designed to provide a cash boost to help support your work or training.

2021 MiScholarship Categories

  • Top Performer Scholarships

    Top Performer Scholarships are designed to recognise MIGAS apprentices and trainees who have demonstrated exceptional performance on-the-job in their placement and formal training. It's open to current apprentices and trainees in any year level or trade.

    Scholarship value: $2,000

    Number available: Up to 4

    Application process: Complete an online application including written responses to the selection criteria. Your Host employer and Field Officer will have the opportunity to supply a statement of support for your application.

    You will need to clearly highlight work achievements during this past year including what are you most proud of. You will also provide examples of how you have gone above and beyond in your work or training to be a top performer. Some examples of going above and beyond include but are not limited to exceeding expectations, using your initiative to advance the goals of the organisation, contributing to community activities, collaborating with your team to achieve great results, or excellent study results. As part of your application, you will also need to detail how you plan to utilise the scholarship funds, and what your career plan is after you have completed your Australian Apprenticeship.

    Shortlisted applicants will then provide a short video submission prior to recipients being announced.

    Closing date: Friday 12 November 2021 at 5pm AEST

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathways Scholarships

    This Scholarship supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander apprentices and trainees to continue with their employment, learning and study journey.

    MIGAS is committed to celebrating and acknowledging the achievements and personal journeys of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander apprentices and trainees as stated in the MIGAS Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan.

    To meet the eligibility criteria for this scholarship you will be are a person of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who identifies as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person and who is accepted as such by the community in which they live or have lived.

    Scholarship value: $2,000

    Number available: Up to 2

    Application process: Complete an online application including written responses to the selection criteria. Your Host employer and Field Officer will have the opportunity to supply a statement of support for your application.

    Your application will need to highlight what inspired you to follow an Australian Apprenticeship pathway. You will also need to include your proudest achievement during your Australian Apprenticeship so far. Examples of achievement as an apprentice may include but are not limited to outstanding contribution to your work environment, organisation and/or community, acquisition of challenging skills and/or outstanding study results, or resilience in the face of adversity. You will also need to include how the scholarship funds will assist you if you are a successful applicant.

    You will also be able to provide ‘confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status’ under the common seal of an incorporated community organisation. Other forms of documentation may be considered where exceptional circumstances apply.

    Shortlisted applicants will then provide a short video submission prior to recipients being announced.

    Closing date: Friday 12 November 2021 at 5pm AEST

  • Women in Trades Scholarships

    The Women in Trades Scholarship is designed to encourage women to continue in their non-traditional trade.

    Women currently represent only 2% of the Australian Trades workshop. If you are a woman, continuing your employment and educational objectives is vital for improving the representation of women in trades and showing other women that they can do the same.

    Scholarship value: $2,000

    Number available: Up to 2

    Application process: Complete an online application including written responses to the selection criteria. Your Host employer and Field Officer will have the opportunity to supply a statement of support for your application.

    Your application will need to highlight how have you shown resilience, perseverance and determination to achieve your career goals. You will also need to include your proudest achievement during your Australian Apprenticeship so far. Examples of achievement as an apprentice may include but are not limited to outstanding contribution to your work environment, organisation and/or community, acquisition of challenging skills and/or outstanding study results, or resilience in the face of adversity. You will also need to include how the scholarship funds will assist you if you are a successful applicant.

    Shortlisted applicants will then provide a short video submission prior to recipients being announced.

    Closing date: Friday 12 November 2021 at 5pm AEST

  • Access and Equity Scholarships

    The Access and Equity Scholarships have been introduced this year as a means of providing financial support for MIGAS apprentices and trainees who identify with one or more of the following:

    • Sole parent
    • Significant carer responsibilities
    • Disability or long-term medical condition
    • Significant hardship or social barriers to training
    • Non-English speaking background


    Scholarship value:
    $2,000

    Number of scholarships available: Up to 2

    Application process: Complete an online application including written responses to the selection criteria. Your Host employer and Field Officer will have the opportunity to supply a statement of support for your application.

    Your application will need to highlight the challenges or personal circumstances have you had to overcome to achieve and continue your Australian Apprenticeship relating to the Access and Equity categories listed above. You will also need to include your proudest achievement during your Australian Apprenticeship so far. Examples of achievement as an apprentice may include but are not limited to outstanding contribution to your work environment, organisation and/or community, acquisition of challenging skills and/or outstanding study results, or resilience in the face of adversity. You will also need to include how the scholarship funds will assist you if you are a successful applicant.

    Shortlisted applicants will then provide a short video submission prior to recipients being announced.

    Closing date: Friday 12 November 2021 at 5pm AEST

     

  • Gear Up Grants

    Gear Up Grants are available to provide MIGAS apprentices and trainees with a cash boost to support their ongoing training, or overcome an issue that may be impacting them at work or home.

    Grant value: $500

    Number available: Up to 10

    Application process: Complete an online application including written responses to the selection criteria.

    To be successful you will need to show through your written answers to the selection criteria the financial challenge or personal hardship you have encountered. You will need to describe examples of the challenge/s which may include but are not limited to difficulty meeting financial obligations (rent, food, transport), challenges associated with short- and long-term housing/accommodation, mental or physical health challenges, and/or difficulty accessing health resources/support. Where possible, please include evidence of the challenge/s experienced. You will also be asked to share what you are most looking forward to in the next 12 months of your Australian Apprenticeship.

    Closing date: Friday 12 November 2021 at 5pm AEST

     

How to Apply

To be considered for a 2021 MiScholarship, current MIGAS apprentices and trainees must complete an online application, which includes responding to the selection criteria questions in their category outlined above.

You may only apply for one scholarship or grant. 

Your written response will be 1-2 paragraphs per question, and we recommend that you reflect and write out these responses prior to submitting your online application.

In addition to your submission, your Host Employer and Field Officer will be asked to provide a written statement of support for your application (excludes Gear Up Grants). Please speak to both your Host representative and Field Officer about your intention to apply for a scholarship, and request their involvement.

Once you have applied, your Host Employer and Field Officer will receive a copy of your application and details on how to supply their statement of support.

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If shortlisted as a finalist, you will have the opportunity to complete a short video as part of your submission before recipients are announced.

Questions? Don't hesitate to talk to your Field Officer about the MiScholarship program and the application requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

    1. Firstly, review the Scholarship options outlined above. Think about your own personal circumstances and what you have been able to achieve in your current placement.
    2. Write down your application before uploading it to the website. We suggest connecting with your Field Officer first to discuss. They will be able to assist you with your application if required. Take on board any feedback they may have with your written submission before submitting.
    3. Submit your application online before Friday 12 November 2021. Once your submission is received, we will be asking your Host Employer and your Field Officer for Supporting Statements for your application.
    4. Final shortlisting will take place in December 2021. Shortlisted applicants will then be asked to submit a brief supporting video presentation.
    5. The final selection of scholarship recipients will be announced by March 2022.
  • Who can apply for a MIGAS scholarship?

    The MiScholarship Program is open to any apprentice or trainee employed by MIGAS who is currently undertaking their placement (including suspended).

  • How many scholarships are on offer?

    On offer are up to 20 scholarships and grants totalling $25,000 across the following categories:

    • Up to 4 x Top Performer Scholarships ($2,000 each)
    • Up to 2 x Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathways Scholarships ($2,000 each)
    • Up to 2 x Women in Trades Scholarships ($2,000 each)
    • Up to 2 x Access and Equity Scholarships ($2,000 each)

    Additionally, up to 10 Gear Up Grants of $500 each are available to provide MIGAS apprentices and trainees with a cash boost to support their ongoing training, or overcome an issue that may be impacting them at work or home.

  • Am I able to apply for more than one MiScholarship category?

    No. Please apply for the MiScholarship category that you feel is most appropriate to you. 

    The MiScholarship Assessing Panel may consider your application for a different category at its discretion. 

     

  • I'm a Host Employer - can I nominate my apprentice or trainee?

    Host Employers are asked to encourage their apprentices and trainees to submit an application for a scholarship or grant where applicable. You will be asked to provide a written statement to supplement the application, which is where you can express your support and provide feedback on their performance and how the apprentice or trainee meets the selection criteria.

  • How are the MiScholarship recipients selected?

    MiScholarships will be awarded with consideration to a range of factors including but not necessarily limited to:

    • Host employer feedback
    • Extracurricular activities or community work
    • Financial need
    • Training results
    • Conduct throughout employment period

    Overcoming challenges such as financial and personal hardships and/or distance to secure an apprenticeship will also be considered in all categories.

    MiScholarships will be awarded on the merit of each application.

  • What does the application process involve?

    You can only apply directly through our website, we’ve streamlined the online submission process to make it simple and easy, to save you time. 

  • When do MiScholarship applications close?

    Scholarship applications close on Friday 12 November 2021 at 5pm AEST.

    Please remember to give your Host Employer and Field officer plenty of time and notice to complete their supporting statements prior to this date. Both Host Employer and Field Officer statements will need to be submitted by this date for your application to be valid.

  • When will final winners be announced?

    The final selection of scholarship and grant recipients will be announced by March 2022.