The Edith Cavell Trust Scholarship information

EdithCavellThe Edith Cavell Trust is a memorial to Edith Cavell, a British army nurse who was executed in Belgium in 1915 during the First World War.

Edith Cavell remains an inspiration to nurses everywhere. Born in England in 1865, she was an accomplished linguist, musician and artist. After a distinguished nursing career in England, she was invited by a surgeon to establish a nursing school in Brussels.

When World War 1 started, Edith stayed to nurse wounded soldiers, some of them German. Tragically, she was executed by the German authorities because of her efforts to help Belgian and other Allied refugees escape.

Australians raised money to perpetuate her memory by providing a rest home for nurses returning from World Wars I and II. When it became clear in the 1990s that retired nurses were no longer in need of a home, the NSW Nurses’ Association decided to find another significant and enduring way to commemorate Edith Cavell.

In 1992 the Edith Cavell Trust became a reality, established to support nursing research and nurse education, today and for future generations of nurses, with a Committee of Trustees diligently managing all aspects of the Trust.

Past recipients tell their stories

Who can apply?

The Edith Cavell Trust Scholarship opens on 1 May and closes on 31 July each year.

Members or Associate Members of the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association or the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (NSW branch) can apply.

Prior to applying, applicants must read and understand the Edith Cavell Trust Scholarship Information and the Edith Cavell Trust Scholarship Rules. Also available for download is the Edith Cavell Scholarship booklet.

Funds, grants and awards may be made on a merit or needs basis and applicants should meet one of the following criteria:

1. Student nurses and midwives undertaking full-time courses leading to initial registration as a nurse or midwife. Applicants must show proof of enrolment in an approved nursing or midwifery course and/or proof of re-enrolment on an annual basis. They must also provide evidence of results and academic progress.

2. Registered or enrolled nurses and midwives who wish to apply must be attending or have attended:

  • accredited clinical nursing/midwifery education courses of six months or less, either full-time or part-time;
  • accredited nursing/midwifery conference or seminar relevant to the applicant’s clinical practice.

A certificate of completion of the education program/course must be provided. Applicants must be currently registered or enrolled with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of New South Wales (or registration board of the state where practising).

3. Properly constituted nursing/midwifery organisations, faculties or schools of nursing/midwifery or registered or enrolled nurses and midwives wishing to:

  • attend full-time, relevant post-basic studies at a properly approved institution for a period or periods of more than six months;
  • undertake an academically approved reseach program in the theory and practice of nursing/midwifery work;
  • conduct or fund relevant professional or clinical nursing/midwifery education program.

Applicants must be currently registered or enrolled with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of New South Wales (or the registration board of the state where practising).

Research grants will only be given where appropriate ethics committee approval has been obtained and research must be overseen by a qualified researcher.

Progress reports must be provided at the end of each academic semester for the duration of the scholarship or on an agreed basis for research projects.

How are scholarships awarded?

Scholarships are awarded by the Trustees of the Edith Cavell Trust, who may co-opt appropriate persons to sit on the Selection Committee. Where applicants are required to attend for interview, they will be granted assistance with travel costs, if appropriate. All successful applicants must agree in writing to provide a written report within three months of completing the scholarship.

Please note that the Edith Cavell Scholarship is for the following academic year.

How do I apply?

Applications will be sought each year through the appropriate nursing and midwifery journals, health and nursing/midwifery organisations and universities. Applications must be made on the official form [see below] of the Edith Cavell Trust. Full details of the Edith Cavell Trust Rules are available on request and on this website and will also be supplied with the application form.

As outlined, in the Edith Cavell Trust application form, you are required to complete the following:

  • The application’s Summary Form
  • Attach two written nursing/midwifery statements of support
  • Budget details
  • Signature of applicant and date.

The applicant must be a financial member or associate member of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association. On your application form put your membership number and the date you joined the Association.

Proof of enrolment/registration is only required if you are successful in obtaining a scholarship and monies are not issued until such evidence is provided.

If you do not meet the criteria of the application form, it cannot be accepted by the Edith Cavell Selection Committee.

Please complete and return by COB, 31 July each year.

Note that scholarships are for the following academic year, for eg. 2015 scholarship for the academic year of 2016.

Scholarship documents can be obtained by downloading from the links below or by email:

Or write to: The Edith Cavell Trust Scholarship Committee, 50 O’Dea Avenue, Waterloo, NSW 2017.

For further enquiries, please phone: (freecall) 1300 367 962 or 02 8595 1234.

Edith Cavell application form

Edith Cavell scholarship booklet

Contact details  

Matt West, Coordinator, Edith Cavell Trust: 02 8595 1234