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Partner Scholarships

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As the partner of an ADF member, you've made a tremendous contribution to the stability of your family. But this may mean that your own dreams and goals have had to be postponed.

An RSL Queensland Partner Scholarship can support you to upskill, re-train or gain degree qualifications that will allow you to re-enter the workforce, pursue a new career, or relocate more easily.

“The RSL Queensland Scholarship program has supported me in pursuing a family friendly career that fits perfectly with the unique demands of service life.” – Georgia Gard, partner of currently serving ADF member.

Check your eligibility and apply.

There are 20 scholarships available for studies commencing or being undertaken in 2020, each valued at up to $4,000 a year for up to three years.

The provision of scholarship funding is managed within strict guidelines.
“I thought I’d never get my career back on track, but the financial and moral support enabled me to accelerate my studies and transition into paid work more quickly than I thought possible.” – Georgia Gard, partner of currently serving ADF member.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • the spouse or de facto partner of a current or former Defence member 
  • priority will be given to applicants who are Queensland residents or whose partners are current serving ADF members posted in Queensland or the Northern Territory
  • not receiving other education/training benefits or scholarships
  • not in regular employment
  • enrolled or planning to enrol in an undergraduate, tertiary or vocational training course
  • able to demonstrate personal hardship, financial hardship or vulnerability due to the impact of a Defence lifestyle.

Strict eligibility criteria apply, including ongoing eligibility for successful recipients. These criteria are outlined in the Partner Education & Training Scholarship Guidelines.

Applications open on 18 August 2019 and will remain open until filled, or until the 2021 scholarship round opens.

If you have any questions or are uncertain of your eligibility, please contact the Scholarships team on


The application process is to allow partners of former and current Australian Defence Force (ADF) members to apply for scholarships under the RSL Partner Scholarship program. This program is supportive of education and training courses to aid in partners’ employability.

Assessment of Applications:

Your application will be acknowledged via email once received by RSL Queensland. All application forms submitted will be checked to confirm the applicant and proposed education and training course meets the intent and eligibility criteria of the program.

Completing your Form:

All mandatory fields and submission of forms outlined in this application must be completed in order to be assessed by RSL Queensland. Incomplete or partially completed forms will be returned to applicants.

Outcome of Applications:

Applicants will be notified via email of the outcome at the conclusion of the assessment.

Your Responsibility:

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they have read the RSL Partner Scholarship Guidelines and that their request meets the intent and eligibility criteria of the program.

Approved applicants must advise RSL Queensland ( of any subsequent changes in circumstances relating to:

a) change in relationship status
b) change to residential location
c) change in employment status
d) change to approved study (including fee alterations)

Applicants should be aware that giving false or misleading information may lead to rejection of the application.

Application Assistance:

Should assistance be required in completing the form, email RSL Queensland (

Download 2020 Guidelines [PDF]

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