Mid-career and early career teaching staff; professional staff who support teaching and learning; and PhD students with teaching experience can apply for Associate Fellowship, Fellowship or Senior Fellowship with the HEA.

The HEA@UQ program provides applicants with the opportunity to not only gain credit for what they have already achieved, but also to plan and work towards future development, with the support of UQ’s HEA Fellowship community and ITaLI staff.

Round status closed

Expressions of interest are now closed. If you are interested in participating in the program in 2020, please submit an enquiry so we can add you to the mailing list.

HEA@UQ applicants will:

  • Develop a written application to evidence their teaching and/or learning support experience that includes:
    • a peer observation report
    • a statement of support (or teaching reference)
    • a philosophy of teaching
    • evidence of practice
  • Be recognised with a relevant HEA Fellowship
  • Be entitled to use the post nominals AFHEA, FHEA or SFHEA (depending on level of application).


The HEA@UQ program is open to all staff within the University who have roles which relate to teaching and/or supporting learning.

Applicants wishing to participate in the HEA Fellowship must fulfill the following eligibility:

  • Have a minimum of three years' teaching experience or experience supporting teaching and learning
  • Hold an academic or professional appointment at UQ (including casual academics and tutors); or are a PhD candidate; or are a UQ academic title holder
  • Will hold this appointment at the time the Fellowship is awarded (refer to Key dates table above)
  • Have the support of their Head of School and Executive Dean or equivalent (e.g. Head of Division) to commit the time required to complete an application
    • Note for PhD candidates: your support should come from your supervisor. Your supervisor must indicate that your participation in the program can be accommodated without affecting your progress on your thesis.
  • Commit to the HEA Code of Practice if their application for Fellowship is successful
  • Be prepared to help foster a HEA Fellowship community at UQ (assuming successful application), by agreeing to:
    • mentor other staff through the application process
    • present at school, faculty and/or other UQ fora, such as Teaching and Learning Week
    • be prepared to contribute to the development and delivery of HEA Fellowship support activities in the future, and
    • contribute to building an ongoing HEA Fellowship community.

Timeframe to develop an application

Applicants will have four weeks to develop an EOI for the HEA@UQ program.

Applicants accepted in the HEA@UQ program will have approximately 16 weeks to develop their written application for Fellowship. A range of support activities, including workshops, webinars, drop-in sessions, writing sessions and a writing retreat are scheduled throughout this period.

In addition to these scheduled sessions, applicants will be required to invest further time to develop their application. As an applicant, you can expect to devote, as a minimum, about the same amount of time to preparing an application as it takes you to draft a journal article or an application for promotion.

The time commitment will depend on the level of the Fellowship and the material the applicant already has, which may be repurposed as part of the HEA Fellowship application.

Key milestones – 2019

Cohort 1

Activity Date(s)

Information sessions, January 2019

  • St Lucia: 21 January 2019, 2–4pm (room: 14-219 Sir Llew Edwards)
  • Herston: 22 January 2019, 10am–12pm (room: 0887-418 Public Health)
  • Gatton: 23 January 2019, 10am–12pm (room: 8117-118 Management Building)
Expressions of interest (EOI) closing date 22 February 2019
Notification of EOI outcome 19 March 2019
Introduction workshop (compulsory)
  • St Lucia: 25 March 2019, 10am–12pm
  • Herston: 26 March 2019, 2–4pm
  • Gatton: 27 March 2019, 10am–12pm​

Rooms to be confirmed

Workshop series and drop-in sessions April–July 2019 (see dates below, 'Fellowship application support')
Writing retreat

3–4 June 2019​ (places will be limited)

Application submission deadline

5 July 2019

Awarded Fellowships announced

November 2019

Cohort 2

Activity Date(s)

Information sessions, July 2019

  • St Lucia: 4 July 2019, 2–4pm (room: 03-329 Steele Building)
  • Herston: 5 July 2019, 10.30am–12.30pm (room: 0887-418 Public Health)
  • Gatton: 8 July 2019, 10.30am–12.30pm (room: 8117-119 Management Studies Building)
Expressions of Interest (EOI) closing date 26 July 2019
Notification of EOI outcome 23 August 2019
Introduction workshop (compulsory)
  • St Lucia: 2 September 2019, 2–4pm (room 20-273 GCI)
  • Herston: 4 September 2019, 10.30am–12.30pm
  • Gatton: 3 September 2019, 10.30am–12.30pm​

If not specified, rooms have yet to be confirmed

Workshop series and drop-in sessions September–November 2019 (see dates below, 'Fellowship application support')
Writing retreat

4–6 November 2019​ (places limited), Long Pocket campus

Application submission deadline

13 December 2019

Awarded Fellowships announced

12–16 weeks following submission date

What category of Fellowship is right for me?

To decide the category of Fellowship which suits your practice and experience, please watch this short video, review the HEA@UQ Self-Assessment Tools (PDF, 1.2MB), and complete the Advance HE Fellowship Category online tool.

If you determine that the Principal Fellow description is more appropriate for you, you will need to go through a separate application route. See the Principal Fellow page for more details.

Expression of interest (EOI) process

Expressions of interest are now closed.

If you are interested in participating in the program in 2020, please submit an enquiry so we can add you to the mailing list.

Watch this short video to find out more about the EOI/application process.

There are up to 100 places available in the HEA@UQ program each semester.

Applicants will be selected by the HEA@UQ Management Board, based on potential for successful outcome, spread across discipline areas and across Fellowship categories. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their EOI approximately four weeks after the closing date.

Fellowship application support

Applicants will be supported to develop a written application from the point of being accepted into the HEA@UQ program, through to the assessment of their application.

ITaLI will support applicants by:

  • providing advice and guidance on application content
  • delivering a series of workshops to guide application development
  • facilitating mentoring support
  • coordinating application writing sessions
  • providing administrative support.

Drop-in sessions

Applicants who need 1:1 support may drop in to any of our upcoming sessions.

Information sessions

Information sessions are held every semester in St Lucia, Herston and Gatton.

Registrations are now closed. If you would like to be added to the HEA@UQ email distribution list, please submit an enquiry and we will inform you when the next sessions take place.

HEA@UQ Fellows

About HEA

The Higher Education Academy (HEA)is a non-profit organisation whose goal is to bring the higher education sector together to share teaching strategies and practice.

UQ is supporting academic and professional staff and RHD students to apply for an HEA Fellowship through the HEA@UQ program.


If you are interested in participating in the program in 2020, please submit an enquiry so we can add you to the mailing list.