Indigenous Education Fellowships seek out social changemakers in community organisations

11 June 2015

Indigenous Australians working toward social change are being encouraged to apply for two newly created research fellowships at the University of Sydney.

The Indigenous Education Fellowships are being offered in partnership with the Indigenous Research Collaboration in the Faculty of Edcuation and Social Work and the Sydney Social Justice Network.

The Indigenous Research Collaboration consists of researchers working on issues as diverse as: growing and supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teacher workforce; Indigenous Languages education and revival; Aboriginal Studies curriculum development; Indigenous theory and knowledge; the role of sport in Indigenous wellbeing and success; cultural immersion and connecting to country; and building strong school-community relationships.

Practitioners and policy makers working on these issues and beyond are encouraged to apply before the 1 July deadline.

Associate Professor John Evans of the Faculty's Indigenous Research Collaboration said, "This is an opportunity for someone from a community organisation to be involved with research in a way that means they don't have to leave their place of work."

The new fellowships acknowledge the substantive work being done on Indigenous education issues by government, non-government and community organisations across Australia, said Associate Professor Susan Goodwin, convenor of the Sydney Social Justice Network.

"These are often extremely busy organisations doing important work, and they are often stretched for time and resources. The community fellowships are an opportunity for workers in those organisations to take some time to work on a specific research project of benefit to their community, under the mentorship of a relevant academic," she said.

The community fellowships will provide funds directly to the fellow's organisation so that they can be released from their day-to-day responsibilities to spend time on a research project.

"Previous social justice fellows have produced discussion papers, research reports and research papers that would not have been achievable without this kind of opportunity," said Associate Professor Goodwin.

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