Round Status: Open

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training is funding an Equity Fellows Program under the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP). The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) at Curtin University has been charged with managing the Program.

Six Fellowships will be awarded between 2015 and 2017. The value of each Fellowship will be up to $215,000, covering engagement of a Fellow for a period of 12 months (full-time equivalent).

The inaugural three Equity Fellows commenced their work in January 2016. The subsequent three Equity Fellows will be expected to commence in January 2017 or as negotiated in contract. All applications are assessed on merit by a dedicated Selection and Reference Committee.

  • Aims and objectives

    The aim of the Program is to support Fellows to undertake strategic, high-impact, high‐profile leadership projects targeted, sector-wide, at improving the access, participation and success in higher education of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. As part of the Fellowship, Fellows will spend a period of time working in and with the Department of Education and Training facilitating mutually beneficial engagement between the Department and the sector.

    Equity Fellows, through their projects, are expected to have direct influence and impact on equity in the higher education sector.

    Applicants must demonstrate how their Fellowship and proposed project will advance the following objectives of the Equity Fellows Program:

    • identification of equity issues that affect the Australian higher education system, and the development and facilitation of approaches to address these issues;
    • sector-wide leadership in promoting, enhancing and developing good practice in improving access, participation and success in higher education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds;
    • the development of a collaborative arrangement for the ongoing exchange of knowledge between the sector and the Department to inform the delivery of government programmes and policy concerned with equity in higher education.

    Projects may also be designed to:

    • raise the profile in higher education institutions of efforts to widen participation among students from disadvantaged backgrounds;
    • establish and build on national and international partnerships and collaboration in widening participation.
  • Key dates

    Action

    Responsibility

    Due date

    Confirm intent to apply for an Equity Fellowship with ITaLI via email to teaching.grants@uq.edu.au 

    Applicant

    Friday 12 August, 2016

    Discuss application with Head of School and seek their written endorsement of the project and the time commitment (via email)

    Applicant

    COB Wednesday 24 August, 2016

    Discuss application with Head of Faculty/Unit and seek their written endorsement of the project and time commitment (via signature on the nomination form)

    Applicant

    COB Wednesday 24 August, 2016

    Final full application (endorsed by Head of School and signed by the applicant and Head of Faculty/Unit) and draft letter of institutional support submitted to ITaLI via teaching.grants@uq.edu.au  

    Applicant

    COB Wednesday 24 August, 2016

    Application reviewed against Equity Fellows Program administrative requirements

    ITaLI

    Thursday 25 August, 2016

    Final application and letter of institutional support provided to the DVCA’s Office for review and sign off

    ITaLI / DVCA

    Friday 26 August, 2016

    Institutional endorsement and sign off

    DVCA / VC Offices

    By Thursday 1 September, 2016

    Signed nomination form and institutional letter of support returned to applicant

    ITaLI

    By Thursday 1 September, 2016

    Final signed application submitted to NCSEHE via ncsehe@curtin.edu.au and CC teaching.grants@uq.edu.au

    Applicant

    By 5pm (WST time), Tuesday 2 September, 2016

  • How to apply

    Step one: Applicant reviews Equity Fellows Program Information Package (refer to the Application Documentation section below)

    Step two: Applicant confirms intent to apply with ITaLI via teaching.grants@uq.edu.au by Friday 12 August, 2016.

    Step three: ITaLI contacts applicant to confirm internal application process and timeline and provide template for institutional letter of support.

    Step four: Applicant to prepare application and draft letter of institutional support of behalf of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (DVCA).

    Step five: Applicant to discuss application with Head of School and seek their written endorsement of the project and time commitment (via email) by COB Wednesday 24 August, 2016.

    Step six: Applicant to discuss application with Head of Faculty/Unit and seek their written endorsement of the project and time commitment (via signature on the nomination form) by COB Wednesday 24 August, 2016.

    Step seven: Applicant to submit final full application (endorsed by Head of School and signed by the applicant and Head of Faculty/Unit) and draft letter of institutional support to ITaLI via teaching.grants@uq.edu.au  by COB Wednesday 24 August, 2016.

    Step eight: ITaLI to review application against Equity Fellows Program administrative requirements.

    Step nine: Final application and letter of institutional support provided to the DVCA for review and sign off by Friday 26 August, 2016.

    Step ten: DVCA Office’s to coordinate institutional sign off with the Vice-Chancellor’s Office.

    Step eleven: Signed nomination form and letter of institutional support returned to the applicant by Thursday 1 September, 2016.

    Step twelve: Applicant submits signed application to NCSEHE via ncsehe@curtin.edu.au and copy teaching.grants@uq.edu.au by 5pm (WST time) Friday 2 September, 2016

  • Application documents
  • Contact information

     

    For further information contact:

    Stef Rooney, Teaching Awards and Grants Officer

    E: teaching.grants@uq.edu.au