Reading Australia Fellowship for Teachers of English and Literacy

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Reading Australia Fellowship for Teachers of English and Literacy

The Copyright Agency’s Reading Australia Fellowship for Teachers of English and Literacy will support an experienced teacher or teacher librarian to undertake professional skills development and career-enhancing opportunities.

The Fellowship will enable teachers of English and literacy and teacher librarians to undertake project research in a designated area that will enhance their skills and abilities in the teaching of English and literacy to Australian students. Research projects may be undertaken overseas but ultimately Australian teachers, teacher librarians and students should benefit from the research findings.

The Fellowship is not intended to support projects involving the teaching of English as a second language or for academic purposes.

This Fellowship is an initiative of Reading Australia, the Copyright Agency’s online portal to connect teachers and students with Australian literature and which provides full units of work and resources for teachers to teach these important books.

The successful Fellow will be expected to write a report of between 5,000 and 10,000 words and to present their research findings at teachers’ conferences, and to their colleagues and peers.

Applications will be assessed by a panel of independent peers. Projects may start after 1 September 2021 and should be completed by September 2022.

One Fellowship will be awarded each year.

Amount of grant: $15,000

Who can apply

This Fellowship is open to teachers of English and Literacy and teacher librarians.

Applicants must:

  • have a minimum of five years’ teaching experience in Australian schools
  • be employed in a primary or secondary school at the time of application
  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents

How to apply

  • Applications must be submitted by the closing date via the SmartyGrants online system.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

Your application

All applicants must provide a clear and compelling outline of their project. Your application must include a project description along with a budget.

Support Material

You must submit the following support material with your application as a PDF via the online system:

  • CV (one-page).
  • Letter of support from your employer (one-page).
  • Proposed itinerary (up to five pages).


2020 Reading Australia Fellow

Karen Yager, deputy head at Knox Grammar School in New South Wales, was awarded the 2020 Reading Australia Fellowship for Teachers of English and Literacy. Karen’s project will focus on the connection between the Australian landscape and literature, with the aim of developing an extensive resource to support English teachers in improving their students’ writing.

2019 Reading Australia Fellow

Alex Wharton was the inaugural recipient of the Reading Australia Fellowship for Teachers of English and Literacy. His project explores best practice around teaching Indigenous literature in the classroom to develop a greater understanding of the issues, protocols and sensitivities involved.

More information and contact

For further information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the grants via email

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