Fellowships and Secondments
Information about the Office for Learning and Teaching Fellowships and Secondments.
The Fellowships program is aimed at advancing 'learning and teaching in higher education by supporting leading educators to undertake strategic, high-profile activities in areas of importance to the sector.' (http://www.olt.gov.au/fellowships)
The 2015 Fellowships program is now closed.
For 2016 Fellowships nomination inquiries please contact the Teaching Awards and Grants team
The Office for Learning and Teaching offers the following Fellowships:
Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows at Deakin
Did you know?
In 2014 $1.54 million (indicative) has been allocated to fellowships.
National Senior Teaching Fellows are outstanding scholars in their fields, recognised by their home institutions for their existing and continuing leadership roles in university learning and teaching. They are usually senior academics or senior people with expertise in higher education practice and scholarship, and a record of institutional or disciplinary leadership. National Senior Teaching Fellows exercise leadership in undertaking a significant program of fellowship activities, normally over the course of 12 months, contributing to various national learning and teaching events, and developing national and international networks appropriate to their fellowship activities.
- The Office for Learning and Teaching may offer up to four National Senior Teaching Fellowships each year - maximum total funding available for each National Senior Teaching Fellowship is $250,000.
National Teaching Fellows are prominent scholars in their disciplinary fields, recognised by their home institutions for their capacity to make significant contributions to educational leadership into the future. They are normally early or mid-career academics engaged in the scholarly practice of learning and teaching in higher education. National Teaching Fellows undertake a short program of activities over the course of nine to twelve months, addressing an identified learning and teaching issue within their institution or discipline, with the goal of enhancing disciplinary or inter-disciplinary teaching and learning within their institution, and beyond.'
- The Office for Learning and Teaching may offer up to six National Teaching Fellowships each year - maximum total funding available for each National Teaching Fellowship is $90,000.
Academic Secondments aim to enhance the ties and understanding between the higher education sector, the OLT and the Australian Government Department of Education.
Academic secondees will carry out a program of work for the Government and the higher education sector on strategic priorities. Those seconded will be a source of academic advice and support to the staff of the OLT, with the aim of broadening staff capability within the department, and building relationships with the home institution.
For further details go to the Office for Learning and Teaching Secondment webpage.
Thinking about nominating for a Fellowship?
Here are some helpful pointers from a recent OLT Fellowship Workshop:
- A fellowship is not a project.
- A fellowship is solutions focused.
- A national fellowship thinks and acts locally.
- A senior fellowship thinks and acts nationally.
- A fellow is a leader; a fellowship is fundamentally about leadership and change.
- Thoroughly read the information/nomination instructions, available on the OLT website.
- Read the '7 Pillars of Coalition HE policy'.
- Visit the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows website.
In writing a nomination, the nominee needs to have a thorough and current understanding of what's happening in the sector and show that understanding. They must demonstrate leadership, have a dissemination strategy, identify short and long term goals and have concrete outcomes. Show the impact on teaching and learning and how it might improve the teaching experience, build capacity and effect change.
For further assistance with your nomination application please contact the Learning Research and Evaluation Coordinator on 03 5247 9111 or email Teaching Awards and Grants team
For further information visit the Office for Learning and Teaching Fellowships website for program, information and application instructions.