Guide to applying

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You have decided to apply for a Premier’s Teacher Scholarship, you have chosen a scholarship of personal interest and you meet the eligibility requirements, what next?

Tips on writing your application from a subject matter expert panel member

  • Everyone who has been successful in application started out just like you.
  • Choose a topic that is unique and relevant.
  • The word limit is short – it is not a thesis, but a synthesis of a well thought out proposal.
  • Do not leave it to the last minute.
  • Check and cross check against application guidelines – ensure all criteria has been addressed.

Selecting your research topic

Selecting your research topic is fundamental to your scholarship application. Research needs to align to the scholarship focus and be an area of current or future demand. Most importantly, it needs to hold personal interest for you.

Brainstorm. Sometimes the first step is not to choose a topic. It’s about generating ideas of interest to you, personally and professionally.

Read. Background reading can help you choose and limit the scope of your ideas. It can help you understand what information exists and how your idea could further that knowledge. Sources of information include professional associations, previous scholar recipient’s reports, colleagues and networks.

Focus. Organise your ideas into topics. If your topic is too broad it may be hard to find information that is focused and relevant; if your topic is too narrow it may be hard to find any information at all. Is it something new or something from a new perspective? How does it align with syllabus or curriculum?

Discuss. If you can, engage your principal, manager, colleagues and networks to discuss your potential research topic. Others will be able help you see your topic more clearly and ask questions from a different perspective.

Define. Define your topic into a focused research question. With the direction of your research now clear, you can begin locating material on your topic. Note: you also need to research DFAT restrictions and warnings on countries you intend to visit.

Writing and submitting your application

Applications are submitted online. You can save your application as a draft (before clicking submit) and return to the same application to make changes at any time before the closing date, Friday 11 May 2018.

Synopsis (word limit 150)

A synopsis is a brief summary of your proposed research and outlines key aspects of your proposed investigation and outcomes. The synopsis is a critical part of your application.

Inspiration statement (word limit 100)

Why is this research topic important to you? What motivates you? By selecting a topic of personal interest, you will be more likely to be engaged with the research and passionate about the dissemination of your study outcomes.

Rationale (word limit 300)

A rationale is your justification for choosing this topic. This may include reference to a ‘gap' in current research, the need to research existing information or ideas in a new context or the need to conduct research to solve a specific problem.

Syllabus/curriculum/module relationship (word limit 300)

In this section, you need to clearly demonstrate how your research topic directly links to teaching and learning. What is the connection to current and future trends in your subject area?

Study tour details

This section is a high level proposal only. You are not required to contact individuals or organisations. The requirement is to outline your activities and the people you would like to meet, where this would happen and what the benefits would be. Successful recipients will have an opportunity to co-create a detailed plan with a subject matter expert and/or scholarship sponsor.

Outcomes and benefits (word limit 300)

Conclude your application by addressing your predicted outcomes. What are you hoping to prove/disprove? Indicate how your research will contribute to your particular subject area.

Dissemination (word limit 300)

It is essential research undertaken impacts on learning and teaching beyond an individual recipient and school. Ask yourself how you will share your final research information and knowledge so that it reaches as many people and/or organisations as possible. Panellists take a strong interest in this section.

Meeting the criteria

Your application will be assessed on how well it meets the objectives of the scholarship program. Be prepared to explain how your proposal will:

  • enrich the body of professional knowledge
  • contribute to learning outcomes of students
  • contribute to the recipient’s professional learning
  • impact on learning and teaching beyond an individual recipient/school/campus.

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Human Resources at premierschols@det.nsw.edu.au.

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