Joan Hardy Scholarship for post-graduate nursing research

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has established a $5000 scholarship in memory of the late Joan Hardy, who died in 2003.

Joan Hardy was active in higher education unionism for over 30 years, during which time she held many positions at local and state levels. She was the first woman President of UACA (one of the predecessors to NTEU), a position she occupied for five years. Joan was a tireless advocate for union amalgamation and was a key negotiator in the formation of NTEU, becoming Vice-President when the Union was formed in 1993.

The Joan Hardy Scholarship for post-graduate nursing research recognises the contributions Joan Hardy made to higher education and higher education unionism.


The scholarship will be available for any student undertaking a study of nurses, nursing culture or practices, or historical aspects of nursing as a lay or professional practice. The student need not therefore be or have been a nurse and can be undertaking the study in disciplines/schools other than nursing.

The scholarship will be paid in two instalments – half on the awarding of the scholarship and the remainder on evidence of submission of the thesis.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an academic award of an Australian public university and expect to submit the thesis within one year of being awarded the scholarship.

Applications should include the following information:

  • Current CV.
  • Details of current study focus – what question is being examined and its value to nursing.
  • Evidence of award enrolment.
  • Demonstration of capability of completion within one year of being awarded the scholarship.
  • Expected date of completion of award.
  • References from the nursing industry, a nursing academic and head of research committee of the university where enrolled.
  • Evidence of trade union membership from the relevant union.

Further information:

Helena Spyrou
NTEU Education & Training Officer
PO Box 1323, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Email: hs*****@nt**.au

Applications open annually in May and close 31 July. A decision will be made in late August.

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