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Margaret M Blackwell Travel Fellowship 2018

The Margaret M Blackwell Travel Fellowship is for people working in early childhood education. The fellowship is awarded annually and is intended to enable the recipient to to study overseas.

The 2018 Fellowship has been awarded to Auckland Kindergarten Association teacher Charlotte Roberston. Charlotte will use the Fellowship to study international responses to supporting children with a parent in prison.

‘When a parent is imprisoned, children experience trauma—from changes in kinship and care, to financial strain, and the challenges of visiting and reintegration,’ Charlotte says.

The research builds on Charlotte's ongoing work with New Zealand-based organisations that consider how early childhood teachers work with children affected by imprisonment.

Find out if you are eligible to apply for the fellowship

The fellowship is awarded annually and is open to current practitioners in the broad field of early childhood education in New Zealand. Those eligible to apply are:

  1. Teachers, supervisors and workers from all sectors of early childhood education
  2. Lecturers in appropriate disciplines in tertiary institutions.
  3. Ministry of Education personnel and those in an education agency, working in early childhood education.

The travel study fellowship is offered for the purposes of:

  1. Preserving the memory of Margaret May Blackwell as an early childhood educator of note.
  2. Promoting ongoing study and research of the development,  practice, organisation, and philosophy of early childhood education;
  3. Providing opportunity to study in other countries, in areas of interest with relevance, national significance and benefit to New Zealand; 
  4. Permitting people of calibre and expertise in the area of early childhood education to have the opportunity to travel and to study overseas.

The criteria for selection will include:

  1. Extent to which the area of interest is relevant to early childhood education in New Zealand. The applicant needs to provide a clear rationale for the choice of topic and country or countries.
  2. Extent to which the activities to be undertaken while overseas are worthwhile and relevant.
  3. Potential for benefit to the early childhood education sector in New Zealand, including quality of plans for dissemination.
  4. Applicant has relevant experience in the topic area and demonstrated ability to gain professional benefit from the fellowship.

For inquiries please contact NZCER communications manager Dinah Vincent