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Each year in July/August (subject to funding), the Executive Director advises principals via the Catholic Online Mail for Schools (COMS) that Sponsored Study applications are open for the following academic year. This comes with all the instructions that can be forwarded to interested teachers. The Sponsored Study application period usually closes 4–6 weeks after applications open.
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Catholic Education Melbourne supports teachers to pursue Further Studies in Religious Education (RE) and Theology as part of the Sponsored Study scheme offered by this Office. Sponsored Study is open to teachers who are already accredited to teach Religious Education in a Catholic School and are employed 0.8 FTE or above. Applicants must be a resident of Australia or hold Australian Citizenship. Sponsored Study is available for a range of studies that can be undertaken at the Australian Catholic University (ACU), the John Paul II Institute of Marriage & Family (JPII), The University of Divinity and its campuses, specifically, Catholic Theological College (CTC), and Yarra Theological Union (YTU). Sponsored Study support is for 2 years.
NO. You do not need to complete another online application form on CEVN if you are in your first year of a two year Sponsored Study Support. If you are currently in your second year of Sponsored Study and are not able to complete your course by the end of your second year (due to deferment during your study period etc.), you will need to apply again for Sponsored Study Support if you are seeking to complete your qualification under sponsorship.
However, you do need to re-enrol direct with your relevant university for continued study.
NOTE: Continued Sponsored study support is dependent upon evidence of satisfactory progress and availability of funds.
Each year in July/August (subject to funding), the Executive Director advises Principals via the Catholic Online Mail for Schools (COMS) that Sponsored Study Applications are open for the following Academic year. This comes with all the instructions that can be forwarded to interested teachers. The Sponsored Study Application period usually closes four to six weeks after the opening date.
Sponsored Study Support for further studies in RE/Theology is offered for a 2 year period. From 2017, Catholic Education Melbourne will offer Sponsored Study Support for Further Study in RE/Theology courses will be subsidised on the following basis:
Sponsored teachers will be required to pay $458 towards the cost of each unit upfront per semester plus the Student Services Amenities fee (SSAF). The school will be required to pay $458 towards the cost of each unit per semester for the duration of this Sponsored Study and Catholic Education Melbourne will pay the remaining cost of each unit per semester for the duration of this Sponsored Study.
For new sponsorships, Sponsored Study does not
Teachers employed in a Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Melbourne on an ongoing basis (no less than 0.8 FTE), who are permanent residents of Australia (or hold Australian citizenship) may apply for sponsored study with Catholic Education Melbourne.
(Please refer to question 9 for all the Sponsored Further Study criteria in Religious Education/Theology)
NO. There are no midyear intakes for Catholic Education Melbourne RE/Theology Sponsored Study.
NOTE: Preference will be given to candidates who have begun a course of study without Sponsored Study support.
A selection panel will determine the successful applicants and the selection will be based on the criteria set out above (Question 9). The number of sponsorships given is determined by demand and availability of funds.
YES. Part of the selection process requires all applicants to gain endorsement from their principal to undertake the Sponsored Study. Upon your submission of the online application form on CEVN website https://cevn.cecv.catholic.edu.au, an email entitled 'Principal Endorsement Form for a Sponsored Study Application', will be sent to your principal with an attached 'Principal Endorsement Form' that needs to be completed and returned to Catholic Education Melbourne by the required date. This endorsement from your principal confirms the schools’ agreement to pay $458 towards the cost of each unit of study for the duration of the Sponsored Study.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their principal completes the confidential online form and return it to Catholic Education Melbourne by the required deadline. This endorsement from your principal confirms the schools’ agreement to pay $458 towards the cost of each unit of study for the duration of the Sponsored Study.
YES. You will be able to view up-to-date information regarding the status of your Sponsored Study on the CEVN website https://cevn.cecv.catholic.edu.au under / MY PL (IPLS) / My Sponsored study.
It is expected that the online application form will be available on the CEVN website https://cevn.cecv.catholic.edu.au around July/August each year. (Check in COMS for the Sponsored Study advertisement around July/August each year).
Please note it is the responsibility of the applicant and their school to ensure that appropriate access to CEVN is available before the closing date.
The Apply Now link will be available when applications open.
(Please Note: The 'Apply Now' link refers to all of the courses – not just ACU). The closing date for applications is usually 4–6 weeks after the opening date. This date will be in the Sponsored Study advertisement in COMS (usually July/August each year).
Applicants will receive an email confirming their application. Applicants’ principals will receive an endorsement form via email. The expected due date will be in the Sponsored Study advertisement in COMS (usually July/August each year).
The following tips and reminders may be helpful:
NOTE: Unless Submit is selected, the system does not have a record of your application. Application forms that have been saved, but not submitted, are not received by the system and will therefore not be considered.
NOTE: Once your form is submitted, you will no longer be able to make changes to your application and your sponsored study will appear on your My Sponsored Study list with a status of Pending.
Your principal will receive an automated email requesting the completion and return of an endorsement of your application and agreement that the school will pay $458 towards the cost of each unit of study for the duration of the Sponsored Study. A copy of this endorsement form will also be emailed to you for your information.
YES. You have an option as to which institution you apply. However, teachers should only apply once with their first choice of Institution.
You should also verify with the relevant Tertiary Institution that your existing qualifications meet the criteria of the course, as Sponsored Study support may not be offered or will be withdrawn if you do not meet the criteria of the course.
NO. You do not need to complete another online application form on CEVN as your Sponsored Study is for a 2 year period. Please note: you do need to re-enroll direct with your relevant University for continued study.
If you are currently in your second year of Sponsored Study and are not able to complete your course by the end of your second year (due to deferment during your study period etc.), you will need to apply again for Sponsored Study Support if you are seeking to complete your qualification under sponsorship.
Continued Sponsored Study support for the following year is dependent upon evidence of satisfactory progress and availability of funds.
A selection panel will determine the successful applicants and the selection will be based on the criteria set out previously (question 9). Availability of places is depended upon the number of applicants and the availability of funds.
Successful applicants sign an Acceptance of Offer that specifies that funding is for a two year period (subject to funding availability). It is important to note that deferral from a unit extends the period of study. However, it cannot be assumed that Catholic Education Melbourne Sponsored Study is also automatically extended. The funding is for 2 years only. You will need to reapply for Sponsored Study the following year during the Sponsored Period, (usually July/August of each year), in order to complete the remaining units under Sponsored Study.
In general terms Catholic Education Melbourne is responsible for managing the funding approval arrangements. That is Catholic Education Melbourne will determine the number and the eligibility of people to be sponsored. It will also determine continuation of the Sponsored Study beyond the specified period.
ACU, CTC, JPII, YTU & UFT are responsible for the management of the courses including matters such as student enrolment requirements, credits for previous study, the delivery of the units, assessments, leave of absence, etc.
After returning their signed Sponsored Study Acceptance of Offer form to Catholic Education Melbourne, successful applicants must then make direct application/enrolment to their preferred course/institution by the required date. Contact the relevant Institution for this date. Successful applicants are responsible for an upfront payment of $458 towards the cost of each unit per semester plus the Student Services Amenities fee (SSAF), for the duration of the Sponsored Study. The teacher will receive an invoice from their chosen institution in accordance with their procedures.
Sponsored Study support is offered to teachers interested in pursuing further studies in Theology or Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Subject to continuing funding, Catholic Education Melbourne will continue to support teachers in the Melbourne Archdiocese undertaking formal studies.
NOTE: Applicants who have begun a course of study without sponsorship are usually given priority when sponsorship applications are being considered.
There may be circumstances where students find themselves needing to defer studies during their Sponsored period.
If a student applies to the tertiary institution for a Deferral of Studies, Catholic Education Melbourne needs to be informed in writing. Deferral of studies usually extends the period of study and applicants will need to reapply for Sponsored Study to complete the course.
Sponsored Further Studies in RE/Theology are offered predominantly via face-to-face. However, some electives in the last semester are offered online with video conferencing for some lectures. It is recommended you check with the relevant institutions for more details.
For Sponsored Further Studies queries, you mail email:RESponsoredStudy@cem.edu.au
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