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Leadership Fellowships

Leadership Fellowships provide an exciting and rewarding opportunity for principals, or groups of principals, to undertake research in aspects of evidence-based school leadership in Australia and/or overseas.

What does the Fellowship provide?

Up to four statewide recipients will each receive $10,000 and 10 days special leave.

If successful, you must complete the Fellowship within the year following the announcement of the Fellowships. Funds can be used for flights, car hire, accommodation, meals and conference fees. Funds cannot be used for resources such as laptop computers.

Who can apply?

Only principals can apply for a Fellowship. You must be:

  • a substantive principal of a NSW public school
  • a permanent member of the Teaching Service of the NSW Department of Education
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

You must satisfy probity checks and have met all service and standing requirements. You cannot be a previous recipient of a Frank Farrell Award or a Leadership Fellowship.

You are required to remain with the NSW Department of Education for two years after completing your Fellowship.

When are applications due?

There are two parts to the Leadership Fellowships Application process:

  • Leadership Fellowships Application Part 1 opens on 16 September 2019 and closes on 6 December 2019.
  • Leadership Fellowships Application Part 2 will open for selected candidates on 12 December 2019 and close on 13 February 2020.

How do I apply?

Please ensure you have a written/signed consent (an email would suffice) from your Director, Educational Leadership endorsing your application, as well as your signed version of the Fellowship conditions. You will be required to upload these documents once you click the link to apply below.

Apply for the 2019-20 State Leadership Fellowship Program – Part 1

This must be completed by 6 December 2019 by all applicants. The State Leadership Fellowship Selection Panel will then review applications, provide feedback and select applicants to continue to Part 2, which must be completed by 13 February 2020.

Apply for the 2019-20 State Leadership Fellowship Program – Part 2 (coming soon)

This must be completed by 13 February 2020 by selected applicants only. You will be advised by the panel if you are required to complete this part of the application.

Submit a Referee Report (coming soon)

This must be completed by 13 February 2020 only by Referees appointed by the applicant and contacted by the panel.

Further information

Go to the guidelines for writing reports for details on report requirements and reports of previous recipients.

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