2018 Eric Pearson Study Grant applications open

Applications for Federation’s $23,000 Eric Pearson Study Grant must be in by 5pm on Monday, 9 October and all financial members of the union are eligible to apply.

The grant, first given in 1980, was set up in memory of Eric Pearson, who was Federation President from 1974 to 1975. He was also President of the Australian Teachers Federation.

Mr Pearson commenced his teaching career in small country schools, leaving the classroom to take part in active service in New Guinea and Borneo during World War II. He returned to teaching and further study when the war ended, receiving a PhD from London University and enjoying a distinguished teaching and lecturing career. He became Head of the Department of Education at Sydney Teachers College. Eric Pearson died in 1977.

Grant conditions

All applicants for the Eric Pearson Study Grant must be current financial members of the NSW Teachers Federation.

The 2018 award provides for $23,000 to be used for travel, accommodation and expenses associated with the study. The maximum period of the award is 30 working days. Any private travel arrangements made in conjunction with the award are the responsibility of the recipient.

No grant monies will be disbursed until a detailed, preliminary budget is approved by the General Secretary (or nominee). The General Secretary’s approval for subsequent alterations to the preliminary budget must also be sought. Money will be advanced at suitable times to facilitate arrangements. All receipts must be forwarded to the General Secretary for expenses incurred. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being required to refund any monies advanced.

The financial arrangements are subject to the review of the General Secretary and, if necessary, Federation Executive.

The recipient will document the results of the study and lodge the report with Federation for the use of the union. Depending on circumstances, there may also be a requirement to provide a written report to the Department of Education.

The recipient is required to give an oral report to Annual Conference as well as contribute article/s as appropriate to Education.

All research and travel must be completed by the end of 2018 with a final report being submitted to Communications before the last day of Term 1, 2019. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the recipient being required to refund any monetary amounts already received.

The successful applicant will be required to sign a Deed of Agreement in relation to the above conditions.

Possible study areas

The study should look at an area of industrial and professional relevance to the NSW Teachers Federation as a union and/or a group/groups of members. Current campaigns of interest to the union include:

  • assessment, testing and reporting
  • casualisation of teaching
  • early childhood education
  • child protection/rights of teachers and students
  • edu-business
  • equity issues
  • funding of education
  • industrial relations and bargaining
  • multiculturalism/racism
  • privatisation of education
  • reconciliation and Indigenous issues
  • restructuring and reorganisation of education
  • salary and status of teachers
  • school accountability and performance issues
  • special education and integration issues
  • specialist areas in education
  • staffing of schools and colleges
  • violence
  • workplace bullying.

This list is not exhaustive. Potential applicants may suggest other topics of relevance they might wish to study.


It is the responsibility of the successful applicant to make contact with organisations and individuals in connection with the study.

Members are reminded that they are entitled to make use of the Federation Library services at any stage of development of their application, or after an award has been made.

Leave arrangements

Where the Eric Pearson Study Grant is made to a member employed by the Department of Education, BOSTES, Corrective Services, TAFE Commission or Federation, leave with pay will be sought for the successful applicant.

While Federation will request leave with pay from the relevant employer, not all recipients may be entitled to that industrial condition. The recipient needs to be aware that under no circumstances will the Federation reimburse a recipient for salary lost or foregone as a result of accepting the study grant.

Assessment criteria

1. Relevance and benefit to the union, that is, the contribution that the intended study may make to the knowledge and understanding of members with respect to industrial and professionally relevant issues. It is not intended that the award be primarily for the benefit of the person undertaking the study, for example, to assist that person with completion of courses of study or to attend conferences.

2. The background of the applicant as a committed union member.

3. Clarity of the proposal, using the proforma application. There must be a reasoned advocacy for the work of the study.

The Eric Pearson Study Grant Restricted Committee may choose to teleconference individual applicants in order to obtain more detail or clarification regarding their applications.

Application and details

Application forms are to be completed online here.

For further information, contact Dr Mary Fogarty, Research/Industrial Officer via email at indres@nswtf.org.au.

The closing date is 5pm on Monday, 9 October, 2017.