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 2021 Applications Open 1 August


Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire - William Butler Yeats

One of the key support programs offered by the RFSA is its annual Professional Development Scholarships.

The purpose of these scholarships is to:

  • Enhance the professional and personal development of Members;
  • Improve career development and;
  • Promote a high level of professional service to the community.

Registered members are invited to apply for the annual scholarships with funding granted to assist with their ability to undertake tertiary studies. Applications are open to both NSW RFS volunteers and staff.

Past recipients have been supported for everything from certificate courses to post-graduate studies, benefitting their own careers and their brigades and communities. While members are eligible to apply for any course they think will benefit their role with the NSW RFS, some options that could be considered include:

  • Political Acumen for Emergency Management with NSW TAFE
  • Bachelor Degree in Emergency Management with Charles Sturt University
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment with NSW TAFE
  • Planning for Bushfire Prone Areas with UTS


There are two scholarship categories: 


President’s Scholarship - awarded to either (or both) volunteer and staff members.

Chris Lord Memorial Scholarship - awarded to the most suitable volunteer applicant.


The President’s Scholarship Committee will review all applications before making recommendations to the State Board.   


Applications will close at the 1700 hours on 15 October.  


Applicants are encouraged to read the Professional Development Scholarship Policy before submitting an application.

Download a Scholarship Application form or call the RFSA Office P: 4723 3400 or Email: scholarships@rfsa.org.au to request one.


 RFSA Professional Development Scholarships brochure.