Teaching & Learning Grants and Fellowships: applications open

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The ACDS is pleased to announce that their teaching and learning grants and Fellowships are now open for applications.  Both schemes provide funding for teaching and learning projects or activities that advance learning and teaching in science and mathematics in Australian universities, addressing priority areas identified by the ACDS.

Grants may be run by teams which are expected to run a small project, with funding available to the amounts of between $5,000 and $10,000 and between $10,000 and $20,000, for small and large projects respectively. 

Fellowships are a new program that aims 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 mid-career to senior science academics with experience in educational leadership or scholarship and who have a track record or potential to develop educational leadership capability within the sector. Fellows are not expected to run a project; instead the Fellow will run a short program of activities that engages the community and is based on their existing expertise. They will also join a pool of STEM education leaders who will champion particular issues. Funding will be up to $10,000 to cover travel and/or events.

Successful applications will receive funding in late 2024 with a mid-term status report on the project required in July 2025 and a final report of outcomes and impact required in December 2025.

2024 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.  [Science includes, but is not necessarily limited to the broad areas of: Agricultural and food science; Biological and life sciences; Biomedical and behavioural sciences; Earth and environmental sciences; Mathematical and computational sciences; Physical and chemical sciences].

Both grant and fellowship 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 science students to undertake work-integrated learning that incorporates post-pandemic expectations of students and employers; 

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

3. Indigenising the Australian Science curriculum.


Individuals or teams who are employed by member universities of the Australian Council of Deans of Science may apply for an ACDS Science Teaching and Learning Project grant with the support of their home institution. Project leaders and 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.

Important dates

  • Applications open: 6th May, 2024
  • Applications close: 29th July, 2024
  • Selection: August-September 2024
  • Funds transferred: late 2024
  • Project commences: Jan 2025
  • Final report: December 2025

Further information


A recording of an information session covering both grants and Fellowships can be found here.


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


Full information is available in the Fellowships Information and Guidelines document. Project 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 acdsteachinglearning@gmail.com