Research Grants for Teachers

2024 grant applications now closed

This year’s grant applications closed on the last day of Term 1. We are now reviewing applications and will notify recipients in Term 2.

Each year, the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) awards a small number of grants to registered teachers doing, or recently completing, research related to their practice or that of their colleagues.

This initiative is part of the QCT's program of activities to promote teaching as a profession.

The grants provide financial assistance to cover conference registration fees, travel and accommodation associated with attendance at suitable forums, such as those of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA), the Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA) and the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

The grant guidelines and eligibility requirements can be accessed in the form below.

Guidelines and application form

Hear from past recipients

Mara Ballarini and Floriana Torelli

In 2023, four Queensland teachers were awarded grants from a pool of diverse applications across the state.

Pictured above, Cairns State High School teachers Mara Ballarini and Floriana Torelli ( a 2022 TEACHX Awards Finalist) attended the 24th Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (AFMLTA) International Languages Conference in Perth.

They presented their joint research paper, 'From little things big things grow: CLIL bites turn into a successful Immersion programme in Regional Australia'. This research aimed to find the benefits of using Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) to support Languages education in a regional secondary setting by teaching other subjects in Italian. In Mara and Floriana's case, this was the teaching of Humanities.

In July 2023, they travelled to Perth to attend the main conference event at Edith Cowan University and other satellite events at the WA Museum Boola Bardip. While the conference attracted many, Mara and Floriana presented their research in one of the smaller recorded workshops, which was then made available to all conference participants. Following their presentation, they were asked to present at an AFMLTA online workshop. They have also been asked to present at the next CLIL conference in Perth in 2025.

Their research has motivated teachers to engage in the practice after seeing CLIL in action and benefitting from the sharing of planning and resources.

Mara and Floriana said attending the conference wouldn't have been possible without the grant: "We were delighted to be able to attend this conference and present our findings to hopefully support and inspire other teachers in similar situations or wanting to undertake similar journeys."

"These are opportunities that open so many doors, like it did for us, and help us come out of our too often isolated shells. It feels very rewarding to be recognised by our own organisation (the QCT) for the hard work that we do for our students and to be able to support each other in our profession."

As a result of attending the conference, they have met other Italian and Languages teachers from different states with whom they have networked and collaborated. For Mara, this included a Professor from the University of Melbourne who helped her organise a study tour for her Italian students who missed out on an opportunity to go to Italy.


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