New in 2023: ACDS T&L Fellowships program – applications open

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The ACDS is delighted to announce a new Fellowships program to support and advance leadership in Science Teaching and Learning.

The aim of the new ACDS Fellowship program is to create and sustain a cadre of leaders recognised nationally for their significant contributions to university science teaching and learning. The Fellowships are aimed at “rising stars” – mid-career to senior academics with experience in educational leadership or scholarship and who have a track record or potential to develop educational leadership capability within the sector. The Fellowships include short and long term components – a short program of activities that engages the community and a long term commitment to joining a pool of STEM education leaders who will champion particular issues.

The ACDS will support the fellows in national advocacy for their findings and more generally as advocates for sound policy development in university science and mathematics education. Fellows will be listed as experts on the ACDS website, providing a growing resource of educational expertise and leadership that is available to the community. The ACDS Fellowship Program draws on the success and experience of the ALTC and OLT Fellowship programs funded by the Australian Government 2006-2016.

Two Fellowships will be offered in 2023. Fellows will be funded up to $10,000. Because the aim is to generate deeper interactions and community engagement, it is expected that most of the requested funding will be used for travel.

2023 Priority areas

An overarching goal of the ACDS is to drive improvements in university science teaching and learning, pedagogy, curriculum design, and scholarship of teaching and learning.  Project proposals should align with the current ACDS priority areas by addressing one or more of the following themes: 

1. Exploring the breadth of opportunities available for students to undertake work-integrated learning that incorporates post-pandemic expectations of students and employers 

2. Reimagining assessment in a post-COVID and generative AI world 

3. Indigenising the Australian Science curriculum.


Individuals who are employed by member universities of the Australian Council of Deans of Science may apply for an ACDS Teaching and Learning Fellowship. Fellows will normally be staff employed within a Faculty of Science or equivalent for at least the duration of the project. The list of eligible institutions is available from the ACDS website.

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed by a subcommittee of the ACDS Executive including the Director of the ACDS Teaching and Learning Centre and which may include a nationally acknowledged senior expert in science and mathematics education.

The following criteria will be used to assess applications:

  • Alignment with ACDS mission and priorities
  • Need for the activities and their likely impact
  • Capacity of the applicant to deliver the proposed activities
  • Potential for leadership development and capability building within the STEM community

Important dates

  • Call for applications: July 2023
  • Applications close: 25th August, 2023
  • Selection: September-October 2023
  • Project commences: late October 2023
  • Progress report: July 2024
  • Final report: December 2024

Further information

Full information is available in the Information and Guidelines document. Proposals must be submitted with a completed application form, including endorsement of their Head of School or Executive Dean (or equivalent).

Enquiries should be directed to ACDS Teaching and Learning.

Applications must be emailed to