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 (refer to link above).

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 2019

Award Category

Submission for internal review

Final Submission to AAUT

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning



All other Teaching and Program Award nominations




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. Submissions undergo internal review by the University's Learning and Teaching Grants and Awards Panel. The panel provides feedback to authors on submitted materials as well as recommendations to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer.

Australian Government Endeavour Leadership Program

The Australian Government Endeavour Leadership Program scheme offers opportunities for both academic and professional staff through its Executive category which provides opportunities for established and emerging leaders to undertake a global mobility experience within their professional field. Funding of up to $18,500 per applicant is available for short-term professional development opportunities of 1-4 months for high achievers in a variety of areas,  including higher education. The object of the award is 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. Applicants must be nominated by their host organisation. A list of previous recipients from UniSA can be found here.

Applications and further information

Applications for the 2020 round of placements are expected to open in July/August 2019, with written submissions due in mid-November 2019. Check the Endeavour website for further information and useful documents.

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