Graduate & Postgraduate Scholarships & Fellowships

Awards and Scholarships

The Fund offers two main awards – The Joy Croker Silver Medal for academic achievement in undergraduate nursing studies and The Centaur Scholarship to support nurses undertaking higher degree research studies.

The Centaur Scholarship

Applications close on the 1st business day in October each year

This is a grant awarded annually to a Queensland registered nurse or midwife undertaking postgraduate studies for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Professional Doctorate degree at any University. The first Fellowship was awarded in 1994.  Download application form.

Past Fellow Postgraduate Awardees

One of our key endeavours is to support the development of nursing education and research. The first Centaur Fellowship was awarded in May 1994. Learn more … 

The Joy Croker Centaur Silver Medal

The Joy Croker Centaur Silver Medal, named in honour of a former long serving President of Centaur Memorial Fund, is awarded to a graduating student with the highest grade-point-average (GPA) in an undergraduate nursing degree completed at a Queensland University. The total award comprises a silver medal engraved with awardees name, a certificate of achievement and a copy of the definitive text on the history of AHS Centaur and related events of war.

Know more: AHS CENTAURKnow more: OUR MISSION


Madonna Grehan and Pixie Annat
Dr Madonna Grehan, winner of the 2015 John Oxley Library Fellowship, will be the guest speaker at our annual dinner on the 13th May 2016, “A long-lasting & serviceable memorial” A history of the Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses. Download an invitation to the Annual Dinner here: Annual Dinner

Left: Dr Grehan and Major Pixie Annat


Congratulations to our latest ‘Fellows’ Dr Judith Dean and Dr Snezana Stolic both on the Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses Committee in 2015.

Dr Judith Dean

Dr Dean’s PhD is titled: ‘Sexual health knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of Queensland Sudanese communities.’

Dr Snezana Stolic

Dr Stolic’s PhD is titled: ‘Evaluation of symptom management education packages of people with acute coronary syndrome.’


The Centaur Scholarship

The Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses is dedicated to preserving and maintaining a living Memorial Scholarship in honour and remembrance of nurses who served in the Australian Defence Forces at home and abroad.

The Scholarship exists to promote and support continuing development of knowledge in the nursing and midwifery professions.

The Centaur Postgraduate Scholarship provides a one-year grant of $15,000.00 awarded to a Queensland nurse or midwife undertaking a Professional Doctorate or Doctor of Philosophy studies in nursing or midwifery or a related discipline. | Download application form

Applications open last week of August and close first business day of October each year.


To be eligible for the Centaur Scholarship the applicant must:

  • be a resident in Queensland
  • hold an unconditional licence to practice as a nurse or midwife in Australia
  • have successfully achieved their Confirmation of Candidature
  • at the 1st March next year, have a minimum of 12 months full time equivalent [ie 24 months if part-time] remaining in your candidature

On successful completion of the postgraduate studies Centaur scholarship recipients are entitled to use the post nominal: Centaur Fellow.

Winners for 2018 – 2014

Winner for 2018

Ms Jessica Schults – Optimising endotracheal suction practices in the paediatric intensive care unit.

Winner for 2017

Ms Elise Button – Identifying risk of deteriorating and dying in people with a haematological malignancy.

Winner for 2016

Ms Amanda Ullman RN MAppSci PhD Candidate Griffith University – Improving practices for central venous access devices (CVAD) in acute care paediatrics.

Winner for 2015

Mrs Jill Campbell – IntACT Study: Incontinence Associated Dermatitis and Candida detection. A pilot prospective observational study in the acute care setting.

Winner for 2014

Ms Gillian Lewis – The influence of emotional intelligence on nursing students’ management of affective events.

Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing.

Elizabeth Beatie and Linda Shields receiving 'Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing' award

In October 2015, Elizabeth Beattie and Linda Shields, the first and second Centaur Fellows respectively, both flew to Washington, USA, where they were inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. This is an honour given to few outside the USA. Elizabeth was honoured for her contribution to aged care and psychogeriatrics and Linda because of her contribution to the care of children in hospital and nursing history. Linda spoke for both herself and Elizabeth when she said “winning The Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses PhD Scholarship, and becoming a Centaur Fellow, was a real turning point in my career. It meant not only that my research was well supported, it also gave me the confidence to carry on and know that I could achieve at the highest level”.

Linda Shields MD (Research), PhD, FACN, FAAN, Centaur Fellow, MAICD
Professor of Nursing, Charles Sturt University.

Elizabeth Beattie, PhD, Centaur Fellow, is Director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre: Carers and Consumers, Director of the Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre, and Professor of Aged Care and Dementia, School of Nursing, QUT.

The Joy Croker Centaur Silver Medal

We are proud to honour our commitment to the memory of the nurses who died with the sinking of AHS Centaur in 1943 by supporting development of the nursing profession by acknowledging academic achievements of new graduates. We award an annual silver medal for nurses undertaking undergraduate degrees.


Criteria for awarding the Centaur Joy Croker silver medal:

  • The prize is awarded for the highest grade point average (GPA) in a nursing subject studied throughout a 3 year (or equivalent) undergraduate degree
  • Only one Centaur undergraduate prize will be offered to each university conducting an undergraduate nursing degree course, regardless of the number of campus attributed to that university
  • The Centaur undergraduate prize will comprise, a Joy Crocker Silver Medal (approx value $400) engraved with the student’s name, and a book on the history of the AHS Centaur
  • The awardees are advised that their name and photo may appear on our website, unless otherwise requested.

The prize is available to all Queensland Universities providing undergraduate nursing degrees.

Universities should submit the names of students eligible for the Joy Croker Silver Medal to the Secretary, Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses.

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The medal is awarded to outstanding graduate nurses.

the joy croker silver medal


The Joy Croker Silver Medal