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2015 ESF Scholarships
Each year, the Emergency Services Foundation (ESF) awards a number of scholarships to members of Victorian emergency services and health agencies. These scholarships enable the recipients to undertake studies in Australia and overseas that will benefit their respective agency and the Victorian community.
Scholarship applications are now open for all CFA members. We encourage all members to consider submitting an application.
ESF was established in 1983, following the Ash Wednesday bushfires. It operates as a trust to give immediate support to those who suffer hardship as a result of the death of a family member or injuries sustained in the line of duty.
The Foundation also provides educational scholarships to members of the industry and conducts support activities such as the annual Emergency Management Conference to increase the understanding of key issues that challenge emergency services personnel.
Since 1988, the Foundation has awarded over 110 scholarships. In recent years, CFA members have been successful on a number of occasions.
Project must benefit the community and CFA
ESF recommends that projects described in 2015 applications should be developed with a strong focus on the projected benefits to the community and the applicant’s own agency. The criterion: “value to the community and agencies” carries the largest number of points. Applications can focus on a range of issues, such as prevention, preparedness, response and recovery, as well as risk management. Applicants are advised to avoid duplicating projects submitted by previous successful applicants.
Grant levels vary depending on the project content or trial. Applications should therefore reflect travel costs and expenses.
CFA will assess applications and if endorsed, CFA will submit them to ESF with supporting documentation to confirm that benefits from your project will flow to the community and the agency.
Application forms and a list of projects submitted by previous successful applicants are available from www.esf.com.au
Application process and key dates:
- If you need assistance with developing an application, please go to the ESF web site or contact Jenny on 0406 003 765.
- Identify the topic and scope of the study to be conducted.
- Send your application to CFA, at:
addressing the scholarship criteria, by 23 January, 2015.
- CFA will assess applications and send endorsed applications to ESF by 27 February 2015.
- ESF will interview suitable applicants in March 2015.
- Successful applicants will be notified by ESF by the end of April 2015.