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Investigating leadership, building insights, provoking action; applications are now open Australia wide for the 2022 Menzies School Leader Fellowship.

Fellowships will be awarded to four innovative principals and assistant principals from Australian government, Catholic and independent schools.

Powered by the Menzies Foundation and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), the two-year, $150,000, leadership development initiative seeks to harness cross-sector expertise to understand how to build a pipeline of talented school leaders, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to successfully adapt to and take on the challenges and complexities of the role.

“The community has really opened its eyes to the role of school leadership in guiding Australia’s next generation of thinkers and leaders through this hugely disruptive time in their lives. There is now a real momentum for much-needed change, and that’s what the Menzies School Leader Fellowship Initiative is all about.” said Laureate Professor John Hattie, Advisory Committee Member, Menzies School Leader Initiative.

Each two-year Fellowship is worth $150,000 and includes:

  • Participation in a 2-year leadership development initiative
  • Creating and leading an in-school collective efficacy strategy
  • Professional development and travel grants
  • Menzies Foundation Alumni Membership

The 2022 intake is the third for the Fellowship initiative. Unlike typical leadership development initiatives, there is an explicit focus on increasing the skills and capabilities of leaders to build collective efficacy. The Menzies School Leader Fellowship follows the principles of design, test, learn and adapt.

As part of the ongoing partnership with Collier Charitable Fund, one female, Victorian government school leader will be awarded the Collier School Leader Fellowship as part of the Menzies School Leadership Initiative.

“Our aim is to contribute to systemic changes required to build a pipeline of school leaders who are equipped to lead well in increasingly challenging and complex school contexts – ultimately, a pipeline that will result in improved learning outcomes for Australian school students” said Liz Gillies, Menzies Foundation CEO

Applications close 29 April 2022

– Apply now