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The Brennan Family Foundation Scholarship

A postgraduate coursework scholarship in early childhood teaching
This scholarship supports domestic and international students enrolled in the first year of the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


Value Eligibility Open date Close date
  • First year Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) student
22 March 2022 20 April 2022

How to apply

Apply here.


This scholarship is valued at $8000 per year for the duration of the degree.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be enrolled in the first year of the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood).


This scholarship was established in 2013, and generously donated by The Brennan Family Foundation.

1. Background

a. Established in 2013, this Scholarship has been generously donated by The Brennan Family Foundation for students enrolled in the Master of Teaching degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Sydney.

2. Eligibility

a. To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants must be currently enrolled in their first year of the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) degree at the University of Sydney.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:

I. academic merit,

II. leadership potential,

III. two referee reports including one from an academic, and

IV. a personal statement detailing their leadership skills, area of interest, direction of their career path, extracurricular activities and community involvement.

b. Short listed applicants may be required to attend an interview.

c. The Scholarship will be awarded on the recommendation of a selection committee consisting of two representatives of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at $8,000 per annum and is tenable for the full time duration of the degree.

b. The Scholarship value will be paid in two equal instalments after the census date of each semester.

c. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted without the prior permission of the Head of School and Dean of Sydney School of Education and Social Work and it is not transferable to another major, faculty or University.

d. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funds.

e. No other amount is payable.

5. Ongoing eligibility

a. To continue receipt of the Scholarship, the recipient must maintain satisfactory academic performance each semester.

b. Recipients undertaking professional experience during the tenure of this Scholarship are required to have achieved a Satisfied Requirements grade (SR) to receive their next payment.

6. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated if the recipient:

I. withdraws from the eligible course or fails to enrol,

II. commences part-time study without prior approval,

III. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance,

IV. is determined by the University to be guilty of serious misconduct, including, but not limited to, having provided false or misleading information as part of their Scholarship application,

V. is awarded an alternative primary scholarship. In such circumstances this scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative scholarship where the alternative scholarship is of higher value,

VI. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or

VII. any other provision as indicated in these terms that would lead to termination.

b. Once a Scholarship has been terminated, it cannot be reinstated.

c. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or withdraws from the relevant course, the University reserves the right to request that any Scholarship funds paid to the Scholarship recipient be reimbursed.