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Applications invited for 2020 NCSEHE Equity Fellows Program

The NCSEHE is now inviting applications for the Equity Fellows Program, with projects to be conducted during 2020.

About the NCSEHE Equity Fellows Program

The Australian Government Department of Education (“the Department”) has funded an ongoing Equity Fellows Program, managed by the NCSEHE, under the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP). 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.

Six Equity Fellowships have already been completed and the program continues with further Fellowships awarded during the 2019–20 period.

The ongoing Equity Fellows Program will deliver world class research outcomes (including applied research), and develop the research, research translation, better practice implementation, and knowledge transfer skills of both higher education equity researchers and equity practitioners.

As part of the Fellowship, Fellows will spend time seconded to the Department, which will facilitate two-way knowledge transfer, and include time to engage with APS leaders in strategic policy, as well as the opportunity to share key project findings with the Department though seminars and workshops.

Fellowship project guidelines

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 aligns with, and supports, the NCSEHE’s purpose which is to “improve higher education outcomes (including access, participation, retention, success, and completion rates) for marginalised and disadvantaged people through:

(a) strengthening Australia’s student equity in higher education research quality, capability and capacity
(b) supporting the building of a robust evidence base
(c) informing institutional best practice and enhancing on-the-ground delivery of equity measures, and informing evidence-based public policy design and implementation”.

The 2019 and 2020 Equity Fellowships will be targeted to address priority equity issues, with a particular focus on emerging regional and remote issues such as the economic impact of the drought on disadvantaged higher education students. Six Fellowships will be funded during the 2019/20 period; three of the Fellowships will be specifically targeted to regional disadvantage.

Advice for potential applicants

More information and applications


Previous Equity Fellowship reports

2016 Equity Fellows:

2017 NCSEHE Equity Fellows:

Posted 2 August 2019 Posted in Culturally and linguistically diverse, Disability, First in Family, General, Indigenous, Low SES, Regional, rural and remote