Bernie Kilgariff memorial scholarship

‚ÄčThe Bernie Kilgariff Memorial Scholarship is available to assist an Alice Springs Year 12 school leaver with their tertiary studies in a medical or health-related field.

The scholarship provides a one-off payment of $3000 in the first year of study.

Applications for the 2017 Bernie Kilgariff memorial scholarship have closed.

Who can apply

You can apply for the Bernie Kilgariff memorial scholarship if you:

  • live in Alice Springs
  • are an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • completed secondary schooling in Alice Springs and Year 12 in 2015 or 2016
  • are studying your first undergraduate degree full-time at university in a medical or health related field in 2016. 

You can apply if you are temporarily living and studying interstate because your course is not available at a tertiary institution in the Northern Territory (NT).

Who cannot apply

You cannot apply if you: 

  • are working for a Commonwealth, State or Northern Territory government - vacation employment during university holidays is permitted
  • are an apprentice or trainee
  • plan to work full-time while you are studying
  • have received this scholarship in the past.

Before you apply

Applications will be assessed by a panel based on your Year 12 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), your reasons for studying in a medical or health-related field, your career aspirations and community involvement.

Scholarships are only awarded for interstate study if the core program is not offered at an NT tertiary institution.

If you want to study interstate you must include the following in your application:

  • written evidence of the core difference and expected outcomes of the course chosen to that available in NT
  • reasons why you have chosen the course - include this in your personal statement.

If you don't provide satisfactory evidence you will not be considered for a scholarship. 

How to apply

Applications for the 2017 Bernie Kilgariff memorial scholarship have closed.

If your application is successful

The scholarship of $3000 is paid in two payments of $1500 at the end of each semester.

The money will be paid by electronic transfer to your nominated account.

To receive the scholarship, you must do the following:

  • show satisfactory academic progress and completion of full-time study of four units per semester or the equivalent
  • send your results and enrolment details to the scholarships administrator within 21 days of the results being released by your university
  • let the scholarships administrator know if your address, telephone, email, or banking details change - if the scholarships administrator cannot contact you, your scholarship may be suspended
  • respond to requests from the scholarships administrator. 

If you do not respond to requests from the scholarships administrator in the set time period or there is a breach of your terms and conditions, your scholarship may be suspended, withdrawn and in some circumstances you may have to repay the money to the Northern Territory Government. 

Changing your course or enrolment

You must tell the scholarships administrator in writing before you make any changes to your course or enrolment.

The scholarships administrator will determine if you are still eligible for the scholarship and if it should be continued, suspended or ceased.

If your change meets the terms and conditions of your scholarship, you must forward a copy of the confirmation for your new enrolment as soon as you receive it from your institution. 

Academic progress, study load and conduct

Your scholarship may be suspended or ceased if you do not follow reasonable directions given by staff or official at your institution, or are facing disciplinary action.

If you fail four or more units during your course, your progress will be regarded as unsatisfactory and your scholarship will cease.

The administrator will consider an application to resume a scholarship if you can give enough evidence why it should continue. You may need to take on an extra subject in the following semester or over summer semester in order to complete your course within the approved period.

Deferring your studies

This scholarship cannot be deferred. 


During the semester you may work part-time if it does not interfere with studies. You can work full-time or part-time during vacations.

This scholarship does not guarantee employment with the Northern Territory Government on completion of the course. On graduation, you may apply for vacancies in the Northern Territory Public Sector. Your application will be subject to normal recruitment practices.

If your application is unsuccessful

If you did not receive a scholarship and believe your application should be reviewed, you may apply to the executive director of Employment and Skilling NT within 14 days of receiving the decision.

You must make a written application for a review and include any supporting information. 

The executive director will review the decision and may uphold, amend or overturn it. The decision made following the review is final and cannot be further reviewed.

Contact the scholarships administrator

For more information, contact the scholarships administrator.

Scholarships Administrator
Employment and Skilling NT
Department of Trade, Business and Innovation
GPO Box 3200
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: (08) 8935 7706

Last updated: 15 March 2017