First Nations Fellowship Program

Deadline Extended: Applications invited for the NCSEHE’s inaugural 2024 First Nations Fellowship Program

Applications have now closed.

The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education’s (NCSEHE) is pleased to launch its inaugural 2024 First Nations Fellowship Program.

The Program is providing up to three fully-funded year-long fellowships for First Nations (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander) Australians working as researchers and practitioners in higher education, to complete a project that will inform an area of higher education equity practice and policy.

The First Nations Fellowship Program seeks to strengthen the quality, capability, scale, and capacity of Australia’s First Nations researchers and practitioners, enable ground-breaking, robust, high-quality, and internationally competitive research, and demonstrate leadership in translating high quality contributions by Australia’s First Nations researchers.

Fellowships are open to First Nations Australian staff of Australian universities currently receiving funding for equity programs through the Australian Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP).

Up to three First Nations Fellowships valued up to $230,000 each for one year will be awarded in 2024.

First Nations Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with the students, practitioners, administrators, and researchers in higher education equity. In addition, as part of their program, First Nations Fellows are encouraged to propose an engagement at an organisation that furthers their project work. This can take the form of a presentation, workshop or placement.

Applications for the Program open on Monday 21 August 2023 and close at 5pm AWST on Monday 6 November 2023. NCSEHE will acknowledge receipt of all applications submitted and outcomes of the selection process will be announced in late November 2023.

More information, including details on how to apply, is available below. To assist applicants with the preparation of their applications, the NCSEHE can provide, on request, a copy of successful proposals from previous fellowships rounds courtesy of successful Fellows who have generously granted the Centre permission to do so.

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Acknowledgement of Country
The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) and Curtin University acknowledge the First Nations people of this country and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future. We deeply respect their cultural, spiritual and educational practices and aspire to learn from their ways of working. Curtin University is honoured and grateful to have the privilege to maintain campuses on Whadjuk and Wungatha Country.