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Margaret M Blackwell Travel Fellowship 2016

The 2016 fellowship

The Margaret Blackwell Fellowship will be offered in 2016. Applications from those working in all areas of early childhood education will open on 22 February 2016 and close on 31 March. It is expected that the successful recipient will use the fellowship to travel during 2016. The fellowship was initiated in 1988. It is administered by NZCER and the funds are managed by a charitable trust.

Who is eligible?

It 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 Sarah Boyd 


2014 fellow

The 2014 Margaret M Blackwell Travel Fellowship was awarded to Sarah Moore, a hospital play specialist at Starship Children's Hospital. She used the grant to investigate the application of a method known as Snoezelen to support hospitalised children and their families manage transitions between home and hospital, within the hospital and the transition from hospital to home. Snoezelen is a purposefully controlled, multisensory approach that was originally developed in Holland in the 1970s for people with special needs. She used the grant to strengthen her Snoezelen practice and to observe Snoezelen sessions in different settings. 

 Her report covers her observations in Korea, Japan and Europe.