Guide to applying
Determining your eligibility
In order to apply you must meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Scholarship Terms and Conditions:
Eligibility criteria: To be eligible for a scholarship you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. You must be permanently (full-time or part-time) employed in a NSW school, early childhood centre or TAFE NSW campus unless otherwise stated in the scholarship.
Minimum years: You must have a minimum of two years of teaching experience and you must be qualified to teach or have particular experience in the category applicable to the scholarship.
Some scholarships have additional criteria as noted in the individual scholarship description.
If you meet the eligibility criteria and have decided to apply for a Premier's Teacher Scholarship, here are the next steps.
Selecting your research topic
Selecting your research topic is fundamental to your scholarship application. Research needs to align with the scholarship focus and be an area of current or future demand. Most importantly, it needs to hold personal interest for you. Keep in mind that selection panels tend to look for proposals that aim to provide maximum impact to students.
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 the syllabus or curriculum?
Discuss. If you can, engage your principal, manager, colleagues and networks to discuss your potential research topic. Others will be able to 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.
- Choose a topic that is unique and relevant.
- If you decide to apply for more than one scholarship, ensure your application is unique and relevant for each scholarship.
- 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.
- Avoid acronyms.
Writing and submitting your application
Applications are submitted online, there is an "Apply Now" link on each individual scholarship page. 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. As part of your application, you will need to attach the Endorsement of Application form and your Resume / Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum in PDF format).
Word limits: Some applicants may experience issues with the online application form and receive and error regarding word limits (exceeding the maximum length). Applicants may attach those sections as a PDF to their application. For example, if the error is received for the Rational section, enter “see attached document” in the Rational field. When you’re uploading the Endorsement of Application form and your CV also upload the document with your Rational section. You may choose to include all sections like this, ensuring you meet the word limits outline below and all attachments must be uploaded as a PDF (multiple sections can be uploaded in one document).
Choose a title that will engage the selection panel and raise their interest in your application. This will become the title of your research proposal (it can be updated later) and used on your research report submitted after your study tour.
Research topic / Subject area
Indicate the subject areas or topics relevant to your research proposal (for example: leadership, mental health, mathematics).
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.
Summarise how your proposed study tour will meet the objectives of the Premier's Teacher Scholarships:
- enrich the body of professional knowledge
- contribute to the learning outcomes of students
- contribute to the recipient's professional learning
- impact on learning and teaching beyond an individual recipient / school / campus.
Inspiration statement (word limit 100)
Why is this research topic important to you? What motivates you? This statement should identify the purpose, cause or belief that inspires you to research this particular topic. Craft this statement carefully and intentionally, as selection panels read this first to get a sense of your passion and motivation for your topic. 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 and to show explicit links to current research and practice. 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. Explain the purpose of your proposed study, providing context of both existing evidence (and theory) and practical applications.
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? This section should show explicit links to the syllabus (NSW curriculum) and reinforce it with research about that area.
Proposed study tour details
This section is a high-level proposal only but should demonstrate to the panel that you have thought about what you want to achieve during the actual study tour. You are not required (at the application stage) to contact individuals or organisations to confirm meetings or activities. 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, making explicit links back to your rationale and syllabus.
The selection panel is looking for study tours that demonstrate thought and planning. Itineraries need to be achievable within the five-week time frame and affordable within scholarship funding parameters. Is there a particular order to your proposed study tour? Can you demonstrate that you have given thought to the sequence of activities? Consider visits within Australia as well as overseas virtual connections.
Note: The study tour should consist of funded research activities and funded sharing activities (see dissemination section below for timing details).
Long Service Leave cannot be added to the five-week study tour. Premier's Teacher Scholarship study tours can include school holiday periods (as part of the study tour) within the five weeks but school holidays cannot be added to the itinerary as additional time away. If the school holidays are included during the five-week study tour you must use all of the time that you are away to undertake the research study.
This section of the application requires you to complete a table with the following information for each of your proposed scholarship-funded study tour activities. Study tours for 2023 scholarships must be completed within Australia, with any international study undertaken virtually.
- Activity / Location: List the proposed activity and its location. Consider a variety of experiences, for example: classroom visits, conferences, university visits, museums and cultural experiences. Don't forget to consider international virtual opportunities as well as locations within Australia. Include as many details as possible - who do you propose to meet; where is the conference held; Where is the activity - city, state, country? For example:
- Science Education Conference, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
- Visit Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology, Toowong, Queensland, Australia
- Virtual meeting with Professor J Harrison, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
- Post-study tour funded dissemination activity - Run workshop at professional association conference.
- Anticipated Dates: List the proposed dates that that you would conduct this activity. This is just an estimate; if successful you will confirm actual dates later. Dates must be between January 1st and June 30th of the scholarship year. You need to demonstrate that you have given thought to the overall proposed time-line and length of your study tour (of which the funded research activities must be completed in one block and the funded dissemination activities must be complete within 90 days of the research). Funded dissemination activities should be included as the final entry in this section.
- Benefits: Show how the activity is relevant to your study tour proposal and research. What benefit will this activity add to your proposal topic? What can you learn by undertaking this activity? How will this activity help to tie your research to the NSW curriculum / syllabus? Include details on why you have selected this particular activity, is the conference / school / person / organisation of particular interest for some reason? Are they the leaders in the field? If there is a particular reason for the order of your proposed activities include this reasoning so that the selection panel is aware.
Scholarship-funded activities must not exceed 35 days in total, with the dissemination portion not exceed 7 days.
Successful recipients will have an opportunity to finalise their study tour plan (including dissemination) with input and approval from a selection panel member 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 and how this will tangibly benefit student outcomes, making explicit links and reference to NSW curriculum/syllabus. Study tour follow-up activities and outcomes should include some reference to enhancing rural and regional education.
Dissemination (word limit 300)
It is essential that the research undertaken tangibly 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 and like to see opportunities for dissemination beyond a school or local area and into cross-sectoral areas or across the state. Include details on the types of activities you will undertake to disseminate your findings and include a range of mediums. If possible, and where appropriate, incorporate professional associations and the scholarship sponsor as a means of dissemination.
In this section you will describe how you plan to share your findings at a local, regional and state level. At least one of these should include reference to enhancing rural and regional education.
Scholarships are awarded to include five-weeks to conduct activities. Up to one week may be set aside for scholarship-funded dissemination activities (for example, speaking at a conference, presenting at a teacher association meeting). Additional dissemination activities may also occur outside of funded scholarship arrangements.
Sharing your findings
Past scholars have shared and distributed their findings from their study tours in many different ways, some examples are included below. These are just a starting point to give you some ideas as you complete this section of your application. You will need to be specific in this section ensuring that you name and briefly describe the dissemination method you plan to use. (For example, develop a workshop session that can be delivered at the History Teachers Association state conference).
- Share findings with home school / institute colleagues (present at staff meetings, school newsletter, school website)
- Involve / interact with local community groups
- Coaching / mentoring other staff
- Presentation to sponsor
Regional (including specific rural and regional reference)
- Network / district meetings
- Involvement with professional associations - present or provide information
- Present at staff development days across networks / districts
State (and National)
- Involvement with professional associations - present or provide information Create online materials (blog, webpage, webinars, podcast, social media - Facebook / Instagram / Twitter)
- Present at national conference / professional association conference
- Educational review papers
- Submit article to journal
- Create resources that are available for use by other teachers
- Interviews - radio / TV / newspaper
- Produce / collaborate on a book / textbook
You must upload the following as part of your online application (both files should be uploaded in PDF format):
- Endorsement of Application form - This form must be completed by your Principal or Manager and uploaded in PDF format. Your scholarship application will not be considered if this form is not submitted.
- Curriculum Vitae / Resume - maximum of 2 pages in PDF format. Members of the selection panel often refer to these for additional information, for example, qualifications and experiences that might not be evident in the scholarship application
Meeting the criteria
Your application will be assessed on how well it meets the objectives of the scholarship program. Ensure that your proposal shows how your research will:
- enrich the body of professional knowledge
- contribute to the learning outcomes of students
- contribute to the recipient's professional learning
- impact on learning and teaching beyond an individual recipient / school / campus
Throughout your application, ensure that you are making explicit links across the research, rationale, curriculum/syllabus and itinerary.
If you have any questions or need assistance please contact School Workforce via email email@example.com or phone (02) 7814 3820.