QOF Scholarship & Global Connections Bursary

 Have you ever thought about testing your vocational skills overseas or are you a professional working in the VET sector and considering an international short-term professional development placement?

The QOF offers both a Scholarship and Bursary opportunity for Queensland residents to further their career overseas. Check out these funding programs to see how you can undertake a career experience of a lifetime and bring back an international perspective on your industry.


Apply on-line for our Scholarship or Bursary – it is that easy!

Past QOF Scholarship Recipients

Each year, the Foundation makes a limited number of overseas scholarships available to help young Queenslanders realise their dreams of working internationally in their chosen field.

Over 105 Scholarships have been provided to young Queenslanders who have travelled to all areas of the globe in the search of industry and cultural experience.
See what our Past Recipients have been up to!

Applications for the 2018 QOF Scholarship are now open!

The QOF Scholarship Program assists high achieving Queensland vocational education and training graduates (Certificate III and above) to travel and work overseas in their vocation for up to two years.

The scholarship funds travel related expenses and provides a settling in allowance, worth up to $7500.

The goal of the program is to connect young, skilled Queenslanders with the world in order to broaden their professional horizons. It is hoped that the global connections they make will ultimately benefit their industry in Queensland.


To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

  1. Have completed an apprenticeship, traineeship or vocational studies (Certificate lll or above);
  2. Have at least 2 years work experience in the industry;
  3. Be a Queensland resident (Australian citizens only);
  4. Be eligible for a work visa to the country in which they wish to travel;
  5. Be aged between 18 and 30 years old;
  6. Be prepared to take up the scholarship within 12 months of it being awarded; and
  7. Intend to return to Queensland after their placement.

Selection Criteria

The QOF will take the following criteria into consideration when reviewing applications:

  1. Evidence of applicant’s preparedness to take up the scholarship;
  2. Potential for impact on applicant’s employment related skills and/or knowledge and career outcomes;
  3. Potential for applicant to positively influence and impact their industry and other VET graduates in Queensland;
  4. Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to participate in an interview process.


Applications are currently open and will close 17 October 2017.

Interviews will be held in November 2017 and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by early December 2017. The Award Ceremony will be held in Brisbane in March 2018 and recipients may depart on their Scholarship any time (within 12 months) after the Award Ceremony.

How to apply

Complete the online application form here.

About the Foundation

The Queensland Overseas Foundation Inc. is a voluntary, non-profit organisation. It provides young people with the opportunity to broaden their vocational horizons and improve their career prospects by working overseas. Established in 1976, the Foundation is sponsored by industry and supported by the Queensland Government. It operates through a Board of Governors representing a range of industries and expertise.