Guide to the study tour
Applicants are informed of the success of their application in the year prior to the study tour.
Successful recipient activities include: undertaking scholarship-funded study tour research and dissemination activities, submitting a formal report, presenting to your corporate sponsor, and implementing your own independent dissemination ideas for experience-sharing.
Study tour plan
The application process requires only a high level overview of the proposed study tour proposal without finalised bookings with individuals or organisations.
After accepting the scholarship, recipients submit a more detailed study tour plan and budget. To create this detailed itinerary, scholars are encouraged to seek support from the selection panel subject matter expert and review past recipient reports. The School Workforce team will be available to support scholars in this process.
Detailed study tour plans include the following:
- Activity - what the scholar will be doing / who they will meet
- Location - city, country
- Benefit - why are you doing this, how it will contribute to your research topic?
- Duration of stay for that activity/at that location
- Approximate expenditure for that activity/at that location
A study tour template will be provided by the School Workforce team to successful applicants.
Note: The detailed study tour itinerary requires contact with individuals or organisations to book visits and/or tickets etc.
Travel dates and duration
2023 Study tours can be undertaken within Australia or virtually for international connections, and must be no more than five weeks duration (a portion of which may be utilised for dissemination activities). Recipients travel between January and June of the year of their scholarship. For example, the 2023 Premier's Teacher Scholarships are awarded during 2022 with the study tour taking place during 2023. Travel outside this time-frame will be considered by exception, on a case by case basis.
Scholarship funds are paid in a single payment to the recipient. Recipients must track expenses associated with their study tour and submit an expenditure report upon their return. Any funds not used during the study tour (or for approved dissemination activities) must be returned. Detailed information about how to record expenditure will be provided to the recipient.
As described in the Scholarship Terms and Conditions, appropriate expenditure of scholarship funds includes:
- Economy airfares
- 3 to 4 star single accommodation
- Transport and travel insurance
- Visa or travel permits, vaccinations / medications required to enter study tour location/s
- Cultural experiences such as tickets to museums, theatres and galleries relating to study tour
- Costs associated with meetings; school or university visits; learning or research activities
- Gifts for hosts and mentors (no more than $50AUD)
- Meals and snacks
Scholarship funds cannot be used for purchases or costs associated with:
- Business or first-class airfares and/or excess luggage
- Five-star accommodation (unless it is the only accommodation available)
- Laundry expenses
- Unrelated cultural experiences or entertainment (for example, theatre tickets if your study tour relates to mathematics)
- Learning resources unrelated to study tour (for example magazines, programs and books) even if research-related
- Technology or equipment (for example, computers, cameras, phones, iPads)
- Costs associated with your mobile phone
- Resources or samples purchased
- Personal grooming (haircuts, makeup etc.), clothing, footwear, pharmaceuticals or toiletries
- Souvenirs and/or gifts for friends or family members
- Alcoholic beverages
- Meals for more than one person
- Any costs associated with a friend or family member/s travelling with you. This includes the extra cost for a double room, living and food expenses
- Repair of personal items
- Relief costs while undertaking the scholarship