1.    Eligibility

Fellowship applications are open to all levels and categories of UQ Academic staff who carry substantial teaching responsibilities.

2.    Application requirements

Applicants must complete the UQ Teaching Fellowship Scheme Application Form to be eligible to receive funding. Applications require the certification of the relevant Head of School and Faculty Executive Dean/Associate Dean (Academic), with confirmation that the proposal is linked to the challenges outlined in the UQ Student Strategy White Paper.

In all cases the Associate Dean (Academic), in consultation with the Heads of School, are required to provide a brief statement of support confirming that the project’s intent will contribute to the University’s teaching and learning priorities and that outcomes of the project can be delivered within the required timeline.

For applicants who do not have ongoing appointments, the Head of School or Head of Section is required to confirm that the applicant’s term of contract exceeds the term of the six month Fellowship and guarantee that the outcomes from the Fellowship following its completion will be appropriately embedded and disseminated within the following six months.

3.    Selection criteria

The selection criteria for the 2017 UQ Teaching Fellowship are as follows:

  1. The project should significantly address one or more of the goals and/or initiatives outlined in the UQ Student Strategy White Paper
  2. The project design, method or approach is innovative, robust and achievable in the timeframe
  3. The project has the potential to impact student learning in the University, Faculty, School or discipline
  4. The project dissemination strategy helps promote collaboration and excellent practices in teaching and learning
  5. The project budget is realistic and appropriate
  6. The applicant has demonstrated capacity to successfully undertake, complete and disseminate the project

4.    Time commitment

The successful applicants will normally undertake Fellowship activities over a period of six months, coinciding with either first or second semester of the academic year, as appropriate to the applicant and their Head of School. Any Special Studies Program or Long Service Leave proposed during the term of the Fellowship must be included in the project timeline at the time of application.

Fellows will be expected to conduct their residency component within ITaLI for approximately 50% of the duration of their Fellowship.

While the normal time-span of a Fellowship is six months, consideration may be given, upon application to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), for an extension and additional financial support if there are exceptional circumstances (such as compelling and unanticipated findings or results justifying an expansion in the scope of the project).

5.    Financial considerations

Each Fellowship is worth $50,000. It is anticipated that the majority of this funding will be used to “buy out” the Fellows’ teaching duties for the designated semester. ITaLI will provide 100% of funding to the relevant School/Administrative Section at the commencement of the Fellowship.

Upon acceptance of a Fellowship, expenditure will be in accordance with the approved budget. Significant changes to expenditure must be approved by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning). Unspent funds shall be returned to ITaLI.

Support for the project undertaken during the Fellowship in excess of $50,000 should be borne by the Faculty/School. Schools or Faculties may opt to contribute additional funding to support the proposed Fellowship activities.

6.    Reporting requirements

Fellows must participate in an informal check-in discussion, conducted in person, approximately three months into their Fellowship.

A final report (max. 1,000 words) must be submitted to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) within three months of completion of the Fellowship. Teaching Fellows shall use the reporting template provided by ITaLI to produce the report.

Within 12 months of the completion of the Fellowship, publications arising/in progress, materials produced and/or papers presented should be forwarded to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) and relevant Associate Dean (Academic).

7.    Fellowship support from ITaLI

Fellows will be invited, at the commencement of their Fellowship, to meet with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) to:

  1. Discuss the proposed teaching and learning project
  2. Consider and select an appropriate mentor for the Fellowship
  3. Consider appropriate networks to support the Fellowship
  4. Plan a relevant dissemination strategy

ITaLI will provide ongoing support to the Teaching Fellows in the above areas, as appropriate.