The Australian Centre for Student Equity and Success acknowledges Indigenous peoples as the Traditional Owners of the lands on which our campuses are situated. With a history spanning 60,000 years as the original educators, Indigenous peoples hold a unique place in Australia. We recognise the importance of their knowledge and culture, and reflect the principles of participation, equity, and cultural respect in our work. We pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future, and consider it an honour to learn from our Indigenous colleagues, partners, and friends.

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The Program is providing up to three fully-funded year-long fellowships for First Nations (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander) Australians working as researchers and practitioners in higher education, to complete a project that will inform an area of higher education equity practice and policy.

The First Nations Fellowship Program seeks to strengthen the quality, capability, scale, and capacity of Australia’s First Nations researchers and practitioners, enable ground-breaking, robust, high-quality, and internationally competitive research, and demonstrate leadership in translating high quality contributions by Australia’s First Nations researchers.

First Nations Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with the students, practitioners, administrators, and researchers in higher education equity. In addition, as part of their program, First Nations Fellows are encouraged to propose an engagement at an organisation that furthers their project work. This can take the form of a presentation, workshop or placement.

Applications for the Program open on Monday 21 August 2023 and close at 5pm AWST on Monday 6 November 2023. NCSEHE will acknowledge receipt of all applications submitted and outcomes of the selection process will be announced in late November 2023.

More information, including details on how to apply, is available below. To assist applicants with the preparation of their applications, the ACSES can provide, on request, a copy of successful proposals from previous fellowships rounds courtesy of successful Fellows who have generously granted the Centre permission to do so.