External Teaching Awards

Australian Awards for University Teaching

The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) are administered by Universities Australia on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.

There are a number of award types recognising outstanding contributions to student learning and teaching excellence:

  • Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • Awards for Teaching Excellence
  • Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning
  • Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year (selected annually by AAUT from a recipient of an Award for Teaching Excellence in the current year)
  • Career Achievement Award (bestowed periodically at AAUT's discretion)

UniSA encourages and supports academic (including contract and sessional) staff, and professional staff who make a direct contribution to student learning to apply for these awards. Applicants may apply as individuals or teams. The University seeks to develop applicants through the UniSA Teaching Awards, and prospective AAUT applicants are encouraged to initially secure a competitive UniSA Teaching Award before proceeding to the national awards.

AAUT information and forms

Detailed information about the awards and application instructions are available from the AAUT web site (link opens in new window).

Developing written statements

Interested staff and/or teams are strongly advised to discuss their proposals with Dr. Gavin Sanderson, Academic Developer: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, well in advance of submission (e.g. 3-6 months). Staff are also encouraged to speak with their Dean: Teaching and Learning or equivalent and their local Academic Developer.

Important dates for 2017

Award Category

Submission for internal review

Final Submission to AAUT

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

TBA (likely late Apr 2018)

TBA (likely early May 2018)

All other Teaching and Program Award nominations

TBA (likely late June 2018)

TBA (likely early July 2018)


Completed submissions must be emailed as MSWORD attachments to teaching.awards.grants@unisa.edu.au by the internal review deadline listed in the table above. Deadlines are not negotiable. Works-in-progress and rough drafts are not acceptable. Submissions undergo internal review by the University's Learning and Teaching Grants and Awards Panel. The panel provides feedback to authors on elements of submitted materials as well as a recommendation to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer who endorses submissions.

Australian Government Endeavour Executive Fellowships

The Australian Government Endeavour Executive Fellowships scheme offers opportunities for both academic and professional staff.

Types of Opportunities

Opportunities for Australian applicants include:

Information for Applicants

Endeavour Executive Fellowship

The  Endeavour Executive Fellowships provide funding up to $18,500 per Fellowship  for professional development  opportunities (of 1-4 months) for high achievers in a variety of areas,  including higher education. The Fellowships focus on building skills and knowledge through a host work environment rather than through formal enrolment in a study program at a host institution. These awards are not intended to fund direct academic research, though research and publication outcomes may arise from the professional development opportunities. Academic research proposals are more suited to the  Endeavour Research Fellowships. Applicants must be nominated by their host organisation. Previous recipients from UniSA can be found here.


Endeavour Research Fellowship (Australian and non-Australian)

Funding up to $24,500 per Fellowship is available for Fellowships in each of the following categories.

The Endeavour Research Fellowship provides financial support for non-Australian postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to undertake short-term research (4-6 months) towards a non-Australian Masters, PhD or postdoctoral research in any field in Australia, and for Australian postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to undertake short-term research (4-6 months) towards an Australian Masters, PhD or postdoctoral research, in any field, overseas.

The Endeavour Research Fellowship for Indigenous Australians provides financial support for Indigenous postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to undertake short-term research (4-6 months) towards an Australian Masters, PhD or postdoctoral research in any field, overseas.

The Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship provides financial support for postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows from participating Asian countries to undertake short-term research (4-6 months) in any field, in Australia and for Australians to do the same in participating Asian countries. This Fellowship represents a unique partnership with the Australian Government to support postgraduate students and fellows from Asia and Australia to study in each other's countries. The top five non-Australian and Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship recipients coming from and/or going to a participating country will be offered an Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship. The eligibility requirements and application process are the same as the Endeavour Research Fellowship, therefore all eligible applicants will be considered.

The Endeavour Australia India Education Council (AIEC) Research Fellowship provides financial support for postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows from India and Australia to undertake short-term research (4-6 months) in each other's countries. All eligible Endeavour Research Fellowship applicants proposing to travel to/from India or Australia as part of their research proposal will automatically be considered for the AIEC fellowship.

Preference will be given to those whose research proposals most clearly align with the fellowship objectives, which include:

  • progress of work and/or support for the activities of an AIEC working group in an AIEC thematic area, and/or
  • support for the mobility of researchers and the fostering of links that will underpin the bilateral relationship into the future.

One Indian and one Australian researcher will be offered an AIEC fellowship. If it is not possible to offer one Indian and one Australian, either two Indians or two Australians will be offered.

Information about the AIEC can be found at www.australiaindiaeducation.com


Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship

These scholarships provide financial support for Australian postgraduate  students. Students can undertake long-term study or research towards their  Australian qualification at Masters or PhD level, either by coursework or  research, in any field. Recipients can also undertake an internship.

There are two stages to the Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship. Stage one of  the scholarship is the full-time study component for up to 12 months (one  semester or six months minimum). Stage two of the scholarship is a non-mandatory  internship component for up to 12 months (minimum of two months) at the  completion of the study programme.

Funding up to $69,500 per Scholarship is available.


Endeavour Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship  (Australian)

This Scholarship marks the 60th  anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty The Queen and will be awarded to a  high achieving Australian female student who will contribute to the advancement  of women's leadership in Australia.

The Endeavour Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship will provide  financial support for an Australian female postgraduate and/or postdoctoral  fellow to undertake research (1-2 years) towards their Australian PhD or  postdoctoral research within a participating country, in any field. The top  Australian female recipient undertaking research will be offered the  Endeavour Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Scholarship and its benefits

Funding of up to $130,500 is available through this scheme.


Applications and further information

Applications for the 2018 round are expected to open in April 2017. Please  check the Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowships website closer to April 2017 for  further information.

Please note that the following information is subject to change and is  relevant for the 2017 round only. 2018 round information for applicants will be  updated closer to opening of the round. Application Guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions,  an Example of an Application Form, an Example Referee's Report, an Example Nomination Form,  an Example Letter of Enrolment, a Step-by-Step Guide to the Endeavour Online Application SystemFeedback for Unsuccessful Applicants in Past Rounds, and Information for Organisations Hosting Endeavour Scholarship of Fellowship  Recipients.

For further information and assistance in developing Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship applications with a learning and teaching focus, please contact Dr Gavin Sanderson, Senior Lecturer, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.