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 members of the Victorian Emergency Services to undertake a study tour that will lead to improvements in Victoria’s emergency management sector. It also aims to reward deserving individuals with a valuable opportunity for self-enrichment and career advancement through the pursuit of knowledge and experience.

ESF scholarships are granted annually to provide recipients with funds to cover the expense of travel to advance their knowledge and expertise. ESF scholarships are not for completion of tertiary qualifications.

In the past, topics of research have been varied. In line with ESFs new Strategic Plan, priority will be given in 2019 to applications that address issues of mental health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion and volunteering.

An ESF scholarship offers a wonderful opportunity to investigate a topic or an issue that you are passionate about so that you can make a difference to emergency management in Victoria.

2019 ESF Scholarship Awardees

This year we have four awardees. Their research topics each address the important issue of wellbeing.

Greg Dean, Senior Sergeant and Acting Manager VicPol Welfare Services. Greg’s topic of study is early intervention mental health and wellbeing respite centres and his research will add to his learnings from previous study in the UK to inform a sector wide feasibility study.

Dennis Smith, Senior Station Officer is currently on secondment to CFA from the MFB. Dennis will be travelling to the USA and Canada to research how mindfulness programs have been applied and evaluated in emergency management settings there and in particular how mindfulness could benefit people working in dynamic incident control and IMT environments where important and timely decision need to be made when people are under stress.

Tiana Hokins, Emergency Services Operations Coordinator at the Australian Red Cross. Taina’s topic of study aims to better understand the mental health and wellbeing impacts on people undertaking emergency reunification processes.
Read about Tiana’s updates here. 

Marcus Warner, SES Deputy Controller at Bright. Marcus’s topic of study is to explore what can be done to minimise the impact on tourists in wilderness areas of witnessing traumatic events where support services are limited. Marcus is concerned about the ad hoc approach to dealing with such people.
Read about Marcus’s updates here. 

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.

View Research Reports

ESF scholarship alumni

Since the ESF was established 30 years ago, more than 140 ESF scholarships have been provided to:

  • improve the methods of relief and assistance delivered by the ESF
  • lessen the hazards experienced by workers in their line of duty
  • enhance an aspect of emergency management in Victoria.

Scholarship recipients become ESF Alumni.

Scholarship Applications

About Scholarship Applications and how to submit your application online

More information

Should you need assistance with your scholarship application an ESF Alumni mentor will be happy to guide you through the process. Please contact Jenny Davis on 0406 003765 or for more information.