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The Australian Doula College Scholarship Program

2024 Applications

Applications open 12pm on the 1st September 2024 and close at 5pm on 30th September 2024

As part of our continued effort to always help the people that need it most, The Australian Doula College is proud to offer three annual scholarships. The ADC is honoured to continue the legacy of three trailblazing women who the Scholarships are dedicated to. In 2023 we received over 200 applications! 

The scholarships (valued at up to $3,990 depending on your course choice) can be used for all delivery options for the Birth and Post Natal training or our End of Life training.

The 2023 terms of application were:

  • Applications will be open from 12pm 1st September 2024 and will close 5pm 30th of September 2024

  • Early and late applications will not be accepted
  • Applicants will be informed of the outcome by 1st December 2024 for enrolment into 2025 classes

  • Enrolment into a course must be taken up within twelve months of being awarded the scholarship

  • All three successful scholarship applicants are required to pay a one off $250 administration fee in order to secure their enrolment

If you have a calling to work in birth, postpartum or end of life but find yourself unable to afford the training fees, the Australian Doula College Scholarship Program could be for you.


Elaine Ḻäwurrpa Maypilama Annual Scholarship


I am a Yolŋu woman from Matamata homeland, North East Arhnem Land, Northern Territory. I live in Galiwin’ku, a remote community in NE Arnhem Land. My language is Warramiri. I am an Elder and Cultural Authority for my mother, father and grandmother clans. I have many years of experience of women in my family giving birth on country with traditional midwives.


I am a multilingual senior research fellow at the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre at Charles Darwin University. I am a passionate advocate of redesigning childbirth health services to meet the needs of Yolŋu. Recently, I co-authored and co-directed DJÄKAMIRR,a documentary that explores childbirth from the perspectives of Yolŋu women in Galiwin’ku.


I have a background in primary school teaching and education, with 30 years’ experience in applying Yolŋu research methods and methodologies. I received an honorary doctorate in recognition of my work from Charles Darwin University and have an Associate Diploma in Teaching from Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Training and Education.

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Sarah Buck Annual Scholarship

Sarah was born in July 1972 and was a devoted mother of three divine children when she died, way before her time in October 2006.

Renee, our College founder and Sarah were two peas in a pod as they studied together to become doulas and childbirth and parenting educators with Marie Burrows.

Renee and Sarah were thick as thieves and had a lot in common and shared years of love, laughter, tears, challenges and joys.

It is with a great deal of love and respect for Sarah and her family that we honour her by offering this great Scholarship opportunity.

“My mother was a pillar of strength, warmth and intuition. She was also the very meaning of crude, silly and raucously hilarious. Her passion for birthing, the woman and the relationship between mother and child was second only to her children themselves. Renee, or Aunty Nae as we call her, was one of my mum’s soul sisters. She would be beyond honoured to have a scholarship named after her that was about the very thing she loved with all her soul, put together by one of the people she loved most with her soul. With this gift, I hope the recipient takes a piece of my mum’s memory with them and kicks some serious ass. She’s cheering for you and so am I. I am woman hear me roar”

- Ashley-June (Sarah’s daughter)

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Marie Burrows Annual Scholarship

The breadth and depth of Marie Burrow’s experience and dedication to this work spanned more than 40 years. Marie had an extraordinary amount of ‘hands on’ experience working with people across all walks of life in all kinds of life challenging situations.

Marie, the mother of two great women, devoted her lifetime to teaching pre/post-natal classes, supporting mothers and partners in labour as a well as being one of the first to offer training for Doulas and Childbirth and Parenting Educators in this Country.

She conducted thousands of therapy sessions for individuals, partners and families and was a senior facilitator for the Hoffman Process since 1990. We call her the mother of all Doulas at the College and it is whom our founder Renee Adair and Sarah Buck trained with. 

Sadly, Marie passed away in June 2023. Vale Marie.

“Marie holds a very big space in my heart and the hearts of my children. It is because of her amazing work and unwavering support, care and love of my myself and my children over the years that has given me the courage to launch the College and continue this work. For that, her mentorship and friendship, I am forever grateful. I trust that the recipient of this scholarship will go on to a big bright future making a difference in the lives of others in Marie’s name.”

- Renee Adair (Founder and Director ADC)

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