Scholarships for School Leaders

Harvard Graduate School sponsorship

The School Leadership Institute is offering a sponsorship opportunity for up to 100 principals to take part in the Harvard Graduate School’s online course Navigating Complexity: A Leadership Course for Principals. The course comprises weekly online sessions held over five weeks, from Wednesday 28 April to Wednesday 28 May 2021.

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The Scholarships for School Leaders - Postgraduate Study for Principals and Directors, Educational Leadership (DELs) support our principals and DELs to undertake further study to lead improvement in student learning in NSW public schools.

Scholarships for School Leaders

Scholarships of up to $15,000 in value are available for principals and Directors, Educational Leadership to complete postgraduate study at a recognised university.

The scholarships are available to help cover the cost of course fees for substantive principals and DELs who are undertaking a Masters of Education. They are also available for those undertaking a Doctorate, with the scholarships helping pay for study-related expenses such as textbooks and casual relief.

They are available for postgraduate Education study at any Australian university. Principals and DELs can apply for scholarship support for courses that they have already begun and will continue in 2021, or for courses that begin in Semester 1 2021.

There were a total of 71 successful scholarship applications in 2020. Applications for 2021 are currently being finalised.

Participant feedback

“I was fortunate to receive a scholarship at the beginning of 2020. I am now deep in the qualitative analysis section of my research. I used this very skill when I wanted to make sense of feedback from a staff meeting.”

Ruth Winfield, Principal, Vincentia High School

“I am on track for my March 2024 graduation goal and know that it has already improved my leadership skills, mentoring abilities, and the ways I now utilise current research in my school decisions and future school planning.”

Lauren Hankinson, Principal, Durrumbul Public School

“The opportunity for further study has allowed me to connect with world-class scholars, researchers, and practitioners. Being a current practicing school leader, I am bringing my research knowledge, practice, and understanding to my own school context which is informing and influencing other school leaders and aspiring school leaders about the place research has in contemporary school leadership.”

Denise Lofts, Principal, Ulladulla High School

The selection process

All applicants are assessed by a panel of experienced current and former principals and/or DELs under the direction of the Director, School Leadership Institute.

The Director, School Leadership Institute is not a panel member. Any appeals to decisions made by the panel should be directed to the Director, School Leadership Institute.


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