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Margaret M Blackwell Travel Fellowship 2014

The 2014 fellowship

The Margaret M Blackwell Travel Fellowship will be offered again in 2014. Details will be available shortly.

It is a grant to enable early childhood education practitioners to travel to study a particular topic. The 2013 award went to Christine Lepper from the Centre for Educational Development at Massey University. She will  use the grant to explore the following questions:  

  •  How can external professional learning programmes support teachers to connect with families with diverse ethnicities, cultures, religions and languages for decision making about teaching and learning?
  • What specific techniques or approaches work best to bring the voices of diverse families into the service?
  • How are families inducted in to the early childhood services to enable enduring relationships that value and make visible the contribution of everyone in the community of practice through assessment?

Christine is writing a blog during her travel as part of the fellowship.

The fellowship was initiated in 1988 and is now administered by NZCER on behalf of the trust. 

The award is for a period of up to three months but not less than six weeks. Applications must be related to the topics listed below. The award is for $16,000 and is for travel and accommodation. 

The Ministry of Education has recognised the fellowship as a prestigious award, which means the recipient may be eligible for leave with pay, subject to the approval of their employing authority.

Who is eligible?

It is open to current practitioners in the broad field of early childhood education in New Zealand. The successful recipient will be selected from:

a) Teachers, supervisors and workers from all sectors of early childhood education
b) Lecturers in appropriate disciplines in tertiary institutions.

For inquiries please contact Sarah Boyd on 04-8021468 or