Scholarships, Awards & Grants

The following scholarships, awards and grants are offered by ACNN and private families for a wide range of activities or in recognition of service to neonates and families.

Opening, Closing & Notification dates for 2023

Opening date*
Closing date Notification date
1 March
15 March
25 April
1 June
15 June
25 July
1 October
15 October
25 November

*Earliest date for sending documents to the

Please note: the scholarship application process is competitive. Please ensure your application is of high quality and complete. Only complete applications formatted and provided as outlined within the checklist will be accepted
Incomplete applications will be returned.
Applications may be resubmitted for the same round before the closing date or a subsequent round once complete.  

Scholarships funded by ACNN

  • Education Scholarship (formerly the professional development scholarship) for postgraduate study in neonatal nursing, conference attendance, course

  • Leadership and management Scholarship for study, conference, course in leadership and/or management

  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Scholarship for study/course relevant to NNP or conference attendance 

  • Neo-Skin Scholarship for study/course/ conference or QI or research project with a focus on skin/wound care relevant to neonates

  • Neurodevelopmental Care Scholarship for study/course or conference with focus on neurodevelopmental care

  • Nutrition and Feeding Scholarship for educational courses, workshops; conference and seminar attendance. 
  • Renee Collisson Scholarship for conference, short course, study relevant to low resource contexts; QI or research project in a low resource country

  • Research Scholarship to undertake research/QI activity or to present research results to a national or international conference

Scholarships funded by partners

  • The University of Tasmania and the ACNN have partnered to offer postgraduate nursing qualifications on a scholarship basis to ACNN members

Award nominations are accepted all year and assessed in the lead up to International Nurses Day (12 May), The ACNN National Conference (September) and World Prematurity Day (17 November). 


  • Clinical Neonatal Nurse Excellence Award to recognise neonatal nurses who have made a contribution to neonatal nursing in clinical practice, eduction or research. NOMINATE A COLLEAGUE TODAY!

  • Family Appreciation Award - for families to nominate a nurse who they feel deserves to be recognised for delivering outstanding care and support to a family and their infant while in the neonatal unit

  • Mark New Quiet Achiever Award to recognise a neonatal nurse who has contributed meaningfully to neonatal research or clinical practice improvement. NOMINATE A COLLEAGUE TODAY!
  • The Daisy Foundation Awards - details available on their website


  • The Daisy Foundation Grants - details available on their website
  • Jessie Everson Checkley Education Grant - open to NSW branch members. Grants to support attending/presenting at educational events

  • Qld branch conference travel grants - open to QLD branch members. Grants to support attending to present at a National or International conference

Updated 30 March 2022