Eric Pearson Study Grant 2015

Mary Fogarty
Research Officer

Applications are invited for the 2015 Eric Pearson Study Grant, worth just over $22,000, to provide a body of work of value to Federation and its members.

Originally called the Eric Pearson Memorial Travel Grant, the award was set up in memory of Eric Pearson, Federation President from 1974 to 1975, who died on June 8, 1977. The first award was made in 1980.

Eric, who was also President of the Australian Teachers Federation, had a distinguished teaching and lecturing career and was Head of the Department of Education at Sydney Teachers College. He commenced his teaching career in small country schools as a two-year trained teacher prior to active service in New Guinea and Borneo during World War 2. He subsequently returned to teaching and further study, and received a PhD from London University.

Summary of conditions

The 2015 award provides for $22,304.60 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.

The successful applicant will submit a preliminary budget to the General Secretary prior to making arrangements, and money will be advanced at suitable times to facilitate arrangements. At no time will the recipient be out of pocket.

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

The recipient will document the results of the study undertaken and lodge them with Federation for the use of the union. All intellectual property rights will be retained by the NSW Teachers Federation. There is also a requirement to provide a written and oral report to Annual Conference as well as contribute articles as appropriate to Education. (The written report must be submitted to Publications before the last day of term 1, 2016.)

Possible areas of study

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

Current campaigns of interest to the union include:

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

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. Federation can provide a general letter of introduction.

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

Any member who is successful will be fully paid for the duration of the award. No member will receive an amount in pay greater than that which they would normally receive.

Where the award is made to a Federation Officer, the Officer shall be granted leave with pay for the period of the study.

Where the member is employed by another employer (e.g. DEC, BOSTES, Corrective Services, TAFE Commission etc.), Federation will seek leave with pay for the successful applicant.

Criteria for assessing applications

  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 reasoned advocacy for the work of the study.
  4. Referees may be contacted as part of the selection process.

Information and application forms

Application forms are to be completed on the Federation’s website:

For further information, contact Teresa Chan, Research Secretary via

Closing date: 4pm Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It is anticipated that a recommendation will be made to Federation Council on September 13, 2014.