• Duration
  • Location
    East Melbourne
  • Mode
  • Fees
    Fully Subsidised

Supporting exceptional teachers to contribute to system improvement.

Teaching Innovation Fellowships provide Teaching Excellence Program (TEP) alumni with funding and support to design and lead transformative teaching and professional learning projects in their schools. 

You will use research and practice evidence to identify a teaching and learning challenge. With the support of your school, experts, a fellowship advisor and a supportive fellows community, you will examine and trial approaches to improve teaching and learning outcomes. 

Teaching Innovation Fellowships are funded for 12 months. Fellowships are expected to be awarded at the end of Term 4, 2023, and are scheduled to begin in Term 1, 2024. 


To be eligible to apply for a Teaching Innovation Fellowship, teachers must:

  • be a graduate of the TEP, a current TEP participant* or a master teacher alumni
  • have the endorsement and ongoing support of their principal for participation in the fellowship
  • have full teacher registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching  
  • be in a teaching role at the same Victorian school (full-time or part-time) at the time of application and throughout the fellowship 
  • be willing to uphold the values and expectations outlined in the Academy Fellowships Charter (available in the online application form).

*Applicants who have not completed the TEP at the time of fellowship awarding will receive a conditional offer contingent on their TEP completion.  

Professional learning

You will engage with experts and other highly skilled educators in a series of workshops designed to provide you with strong foundations for pursuing your innovation project. These workshops will take place in Term 1 and will be delivered over 3 days. You must attend all workshops. 

Fellowship Learning Communities

Once per term in Terms 2, 3 and 4, you will participate in online Fellowship Learning Communities (FLCs) facilitated by experts. The FLCs provide the opportunity to share ideas, support professional growth and build relationships with other teacher fellows. 

Access to direct support 

You will receive guidance from a fellowship advisor who will contribute to your project’s progress. Advisors will support your reflective practice through collaborative dialogue and supportive guidance. 

As part of your fellowship, your school will receive $5,000 to support you to design and run your innovation project. 

Eligible schools will receive $6,000 in additional funding to support teacher release time as well as accommodation and travel to fellowship activities.

Applications for the 2024 Teaching Innovation Fellowship are now open. The Teaching Innovation Fellowship guidelines provide information on the benefits, requirements and the application and selection process.

Last updated 25 September 2023