Eric Pearson Study Grant 2016

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

Eric Pearson was President of the NSW Teachers Federation from 1974 to 1975. He was also President of the Australian Teachers Federation. 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 11. He subsequently returned to teaching and further study, and received a PhD from London University. He had a distinguished teaching and lecturing career, and was Head of the Department of Education at Sydney Teachers College.

Summary of conditions

All applicants must be current financial members of the NSW Teachers Federation.

The 2016 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.

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, Federation Executive.

The recipient will document the results of their study and lodge them 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 and Communities.

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

The final written report must be submitted to Publications before the last day of term 1, 2017.

Possible areas of study

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
  • child protection/rights of teachers and students
  • comprehensive versus specialist education
  • early childhood education
  • equity issues
  • funding of education
  • industrial relations and bargaining
  • multiculturalism / racism
  • poverty
  • 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 and Communities, BOSTES, Corrective Services, TAFE Commission or Federation, leave with pay will be sought for the successful applicant.

When the Eric Pearson Study Grant is awarded, there is no reimbursement for salary as part of or additional, to the Grant.

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 pro forma application. There must be a reasoned advocacy for the work of the study.

Information and application forms

Application forms are to be completed online

For further information contact Teresa Chan, Research Secretary.

Applications are to be submitted by email.

Closing date is 4pm Tuesday August 25, 2015.