Partner Scholarships

General Scholarship Enquiries


As the partner of a current or former ADF member you've been paramount to your family's stability. An RSL Scholarship can support you to gain qualifications that will allow you to re-enter the workforce, pursue a new career that aligns with your family obligations, or relocate more easily.

We're proud to offer eligible partners a pathway to increase their employability and overcome hardship or vulnerability due to the nature of military service.

“The Program Gave me the chance to focus on my study Without worrying about where the money was coming from to pay for it.” – TONI King, partner of EX serving ADF member.


A designated number of scholarships are available for studies commencing or being undertaken in 2023, each valued at up to $4,000 a year for a maximum of three years.

Scholarship recipients will be able to utilise the funding for the following purposes:

  • Course fees
  • Administration fees
  • Required textbooks 

Eligibility criteria apply and scholarship funding is managed in accordance with our Terms and Conditions. 

“I thought I’d never get my career back on track, but the financial and moral support enabled me to accelerate my studies and transition into paid work more quickly than I thought possible.” – Georgia Gard, partner of current serving ADF member.

In summary, applicants must be:

  • the spouse or de facto partner of a current or ex-serving Defence member who has completed a minimum amount of service
  • in a relationship with the current or ex-serving Defence member for a period greater than three years
  • not receiving other education/training benefits or scholarships
  • not already qualified in a field that can effectively gain employment
  • not in regular employment
  • enrolled or planning to enrol in an undergraduate, tertiary or vocational training course
  • able to demonstrate hardship or vulnerability relating to your partner’s service.

Eligibility criteria apply, including ongoing eligibility for successful applicants.

Applications for 2023 Partner Scholarships are open.

Applications remain open until all available scholarships for the relevant year are awarded or until 30 April 2023.


The application process allows partners of former and current Australian Defence Force (ADF) members to apply for scholarships under the RSL Queensland Partner Scholarship program. This program supports education and training courses to aid in partners’ employability.

Submitting your application:

Complete the form to submit your application. You will receive an email when your form has been successfully submitted.

All applications are reviewed to assess initial eligibility before being put forward for consideration. If your application proceeds to the next stage, you will be asked to provide further documents to support your submission. When all necessary documents have been received, your application will be assessed.

Application assessment:

All applications submitted to RSL Queensland will be assessed for eligibility and to confirm applications meet the intent of the program. 

Application outcome:

You will be notified of the outcome of your application at the conclusion of the assessment.

Your responsibility:

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they have read the RSL Queensland Partner Scholarship Terms and Conditions and that their application meets the intent and eligibility criteria of the program.  

Application assistance:

If you need assistance completing the application form, please email us at or call 134 RSL.


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Partner Application

A few things before you start:

  • This application form must be completed in one session
  • Click on the question heading to complete each field
  • Fields marked with an asterisk* are mandatory
  • Where you are asked to provide a date using the calendar selection tool, type in the year and use the dropdown list to select the month. Select the first of the month if you are unsure of a specific date. 
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive an email please contact
Residential Address
Postal Address
Partner Residential Address

Please provide details of your highest academic achievement.

For example, Grade 12 completed, Brisbane State High School, 31/12/1986
Certificate IV Accounting & Bookkeeping, Tafe Qld, 31/12/2010

Please provide details of your proposed course of study.

Further Information
  • I certify that I am the applicant described in Section 1 - Applicant, of this application;
  • I warrant that I am the partner of the current or former member of the ADF described in this application;
  • I understand that documentation to evidence the statements made in this form will be required to progress my application.
  • I authorise RSL Queensland to make whatever further enquiries and collect personal information (including health information) it considers necessary or desirable in order to consider and process my application, including liaising with and obtaining information from the organisations and institutions set out in the APP5 Notice;
  • Where this application requires me to provide personal information of my partner, I warrant that I am duly authorised to provide my partner’s personal information to RSL Queensland and I understand my application will not be progressed without the Declaration by Defence Member being completed by my partner;
  • I have read and understood the RSL Queensland Education and Training Scholarship Terms & Conditions and acknowledge my obligations under those; and that those guidelines are subject to change at RSL Queensland's discretion.
  • I understand that completion of this form does not in any way imply that this scholarship application will be approved; 
  • I understand that I may be eligible to receive or participate in other services delivered by RSL Queensland and / or  Mates4Mates (a related entity of RSL Queensland) and that by submitting this application I give RSL Queensland permission to contact me regarding these services.

By accepting these terms and submitting this application, I warrant and declare that: 

I have read and understand the above statements; and 

all the information submitted (including this form and any provided documentation including any further documentation reasonably required by RSL Queensland) is true and complete in all respects; and 

I understand that any false or misleading information provided may lead to the rejection of the application and that I may be compelled to repay to RSL Queensland as a liquidated debt any scholarship funds which RSL Queensland has provided in reliance on such false or misleading information.

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