The Emergency Services Foundation Scholarship Scheme

Make a difference to the emergency services in Victoria

The aim of the ESF scholarship program is to provide an opportunity for both paid staff and volunteer members of the Victorian Emergency Services to undertake a study tour that will lead to improvements in Victoria’s emergency management sector. It provides successful applicants with a valuable opportunity for self-enrichment and career advancement through the pursuit of knowledge and experience in an area they are passionate about.

ESF scholarships are granted annually to provide recipients with funds to cover the expense of travel to advance their knowledge and expertise. Typically, four scholarships are awarded each year.

ESF scholarships are not for completion of tertiary or other qualifications.

In the past, topics of research have been varied. In line with ESFs new strategic direction, priority will be given in 2020 to applications that address issues of mental health and wellbeing. In particular ESF is working to remove the barriers to good mental health across the sector and through the WorkWell Learning Network is supporting organisations to address the various work-related risks to wellbeing.

Due to travel restrictions associated with COVID-19 pandemic no scholarships were awarded in 2020.

2019 ESF Scholarship Awardees

ESF Scholarship Showcase

The 2019 ESF scholarships awardees showcased their study findings and recommendations as part of the 2020 Emergency Management Conference.

Moving into a state-wide police wellbeing role, Greg Dean gained a helicopter view of the organisation that he was not ready to accept. He knew that more needed to be done. But how best to tailor early intervention services for police and emergency services?

Register. Find. Unite is a system used by the Red Cross during crises and disasters. Ti Hokins asked us to think about the people behind the system taking those calls. How do we best look after their wellbeing?

When a Frenchman he had never met reached out to VicSES volunteer Marcus Warner, wanting to discuss a wilderness he had witnessed in Bright, Marcus wondered, what happens to the witnesses? Should we be helping them too?

A mindfulness practitioner himself, FRV’s Dennis Smith started thinking. What if our emergency management leaders could benefit from reduced stress and anxiety and improved cognitive performance that mindfulness brings, in literally a few minutes?


2018 ESF Scholarship Awardees

The 2018 ESF scholarship awardees, Linda Jones, Luke Hegearty, Jacob Riley and Geoff Ranzenhofer were part of very well attended session facilitated by Commissioner Andrew Crisp at the Emergency Management Conference where they discussed the findings of their research.

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ESF scholarship alumni

Since the ESF was established 32 years ago, 148 ESF scholarships have been provided. Scholarship recipients become ESF Alumni and are encouraged to maintain their association with the Foundation.