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Beeby Fellowship

The Beeby Fellowship 2016 has been awarded to a university researcher and a teacher, who will collaborate to write a mental health education teaching resource.

Associate Professor Katie Fitzpatrick, an internationally recognised authority in health education from the University of Auckland, and Kat Wells,  head of the health and physical education faculty at Lynfield College, Auckland, have been announced as the co-Beeby Fellows, following a selection process. You can read more here.

The Beeby Fellowship is a joint initiative between NZCER  and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and is worth $30,000.

It is awarded every two years. 



New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO

The Beeby Fellowship is a partnership between NZCER and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. The Fellowship was first awarded in 1998 and is named after Dr Clarence Beeby who, in 1934, became the first Director of NZCER, and was Assistant Director-General of UNESCO from 1948-49.

Details of the Beeby Fellowship

The Fellowship is worth $30,000, with the recipient expected to spend several months developing resources drawn from their research. It’s aimed at people already actively involved in an innovative educational programme and is intended to enable them to document, analyse, and write a resource about their work. The end result should enhance classroom practice and students' learning. NZCER will provide advice and will publish the resource, provided it meets NZCER standards.

The Fellow is selected by a panel representing NZCER and New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. Applications will be rated on the following criteria

  1. Research quality; the nature and scope of the innovation; and potential impact in terms of influence on practice and students’ learning. These aspects will be reviewed by NZCER researchers with appropriate expertise.
  2. Alignment with the strategic objectives of the National Commission for UNESCO. Applications are expected to do at least one of the following:
  • Contribute to the development of New Zealand’s high quality education system to encourage inclusive life-long learning, for instance in the area of technological change;
  • Engage New Zealand youth to be responsible and innovative global citizens, particularly in the context of sustainability and in the development of resilience;
  • Connect science, policy and people for a sustainable New Zealand and Pacific;
  • Promote intercultural dialogue and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity, with particular acknowledgement of the significant place of Māori, leading to social justice, understanding and cohesion and harmony within communities;
  • Protect and promote our heritage and foster creativity;
  • Promote freedom of expression and universal access to information and knowledge.


New Zealand-based educators working in early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary, or adult and community sectors, or educational researchers may apply for this Fellowship. Applicants should have some educational research experience.