Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarships – Round 3

Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Emergency Services Volunteers


Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarships

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) is administering a $1 million Australian Government scholarship fund to boost education development opportunities for emergency management volunteers. Round 3 of the scholarships opened on Monday 2nd April 2018.

Since 2017, two rounds of applications have taken place and 31 emergency services volunteers from Western Australia submitted their applications and 18 have been successful.


Volunteers in an emergency management agency can undertake studies in accredited units or courses in emergency and disaster management vocational training/education, and higher education.

This is an excellent opportunity for our volunteers to build on their knowledge and professionalism with the extra value of fortifying our capability.

Note this is not a series of courses; it is reimbursement for fees for each unit upon successful completion of study. In addition, AIDR may agree to pay reasonable accommodation and travel costs that are essential for study. Any travel costs must be approved (by AIDR) in advance. The Australian Government has provided the funding on the condition that money is only reimbursed upon successful completion.


  • 2 April 2018 – round 3 applications open
  • 27 April 2018 – final day for volunteers to submit their application to DFES for endorsement
  • 7 May 2018 – DFES endorsement request outcomes distributed
  • 14 May 2018 – applications due to AIDR – upload via AIDR website

Who can apply?

 The scholarship is for reimbursement of education and training costs incurred by successful volunteer scholarship recipients.

The application process is on-line completed by the volunteer making the application. Each applicant must provide an application that is endorsed by the agency for which he/she volunteers.

Application process

  1. Select a course, check availability, study load, travel needs and costs. Hint: read the “Applying for a scholarship” and “Eligible studies” sections.
  2. Register on the AIDR website, start an Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarships Application and read the selection criteria.
  3. Talk with your DFES manager about applying for a Scholarship and how you plan to address the selection criteria. Hint: how will you and your community benefit from your study.
  4. Write a response for each selection criteria and use a grammar checker to ensure you present the best reading experience. Hint: use these free online tools (Grammarly, or ProWritingAid)
  5. Enter all details about you and your study proposal into your Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarships Application.
  6. Download your Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarships Application as a PDF. (The ‘Print’ button creates a PDF of your application).
  7. Download the Endorsement Request form available from the Volunteer Portal and complete the first section.
  8. Send both the Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarships Application PDF and Endorsement Request PDF to your District Officer by close of business on Friday 27 April 2018.
  9. District Officers are to submit applications to Paul van der Mey at the Academy by close of business on Tuesday 1 May 2018.
  10. Professional Development will provide a letter confirming successful or unsuccessful endorsement by Monday 7 May 2018.
  11. If the application is endorsed, upload the letter to your Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarships Application and submit by close of business on Monday 14 May 2018.

More info


  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander,  female and/or those people who reside and volunteer outside a capital city are particularly encouraged to apply in this round.
  • Creative solutions to include Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander volunteers in study of National Qualifications, either whole courses, or single or multiple units, with a primary focus on emergency and disaster management are encouraged.

You can read more about the AIDR Scholarships on the DFES Volunteer Portal here.