The Australian Government Department of Education and Training is funding an Equity Fellows Programme under the Higher Education Participation Programme (HEPP). The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) at Curtin University has been charged with managing the Programme.
Six Fellowships will be awarded. The value of each Fellowship will be up to $215,000, covering engagement of a Fellow for a period of 12 months (full-time equivalent).
The aim of the Programme is to support Fellows to undertake strategic, high-impact, high‐profile leadership projects targeted, sector-wide, at improving the access, participation and success in higher education of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. As part of the Fellowship, Fellows will spend a period of time working in and with the Department of Education and Training facilitating mutually beneficial engagement between the Department and the sector.
The first three Equity Fellows will be expected to commence in January 2016 and the next three Equity Fellows will be expected to commence in January 2017 or as negotiated in contract. All applications are assessed on merit by a dedicated Selection and Reference Committee.
Individuals who are employed by an eligible higher education institution may nominate for an Equity Fellowship. It is a requirement of the Programme that nominees must have the strong support of their home institution. More information, including a list of eligible higher education institutions, is available on their website.