Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area



Australian or New Zealand

Application dates

Applications close
27 August 2021

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a $5,000 prize presented at the Jean Ferguson Memorial Lecture.


This award is available to postgraduate students and early career researchers in the area of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) at QUT.

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian permanent resident, preferably living in Queensland
  • have a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education or equivalent
  • have a demonstrated commitment to early childhood education
  • have support from your employer or supervisor to undertake further study, professional development or research.

How to apply

You must:

  • read the application and document requirements listed on the application form
  • submit your application by email to the address listed on the application form by the due date.

Jean Ferguson Memorial Award application form (PDF file, 143.9 KB)

Overall, your application will be judged on:

  • the written component
  • an interview (shortlisted applicants only)
  • your references.

The written component will be judged on how the knowledge gained from your award-supported activity or project will:

  • contribute to and benefit outcomes for young children and early childhood education
  • contribute to professional learning and practice
  • be shared with early childhood colleagues and enhance the professional development of other early childhood educators
  • demonstrate leadership in innovative or improved practice.

What happens next?

We'll assess all applications and notify you of the outcome by the last week of August.

Shortlisted applicants may be interviewed before a final decision is made.


You will be required to:

  • complete the study or research or proposed activity within 12-18 months of receiving the award
  • provide a written report upon completion of the award activity
  • deliver a presentation on the progress or outcomes of the award-supported activity at the next annual Jean Ferguson Memorial lecture or other forums.

About the scholarship

This award honours Miss Jean Ferguson OAM who, during a distinguished career spanning over six decades, dedicated herself to the advancement of early childhood research, training and forming policy. Her colleagues, students and friends all attest to her passion for early childhood education. In particular, Miss Ferguson is warmly remembered by them for the high level of intellectual and personal inspiration she provided to her students and colleagues.

The QUT Early Childhood Alumni is able to offer this award through funds accrued over time, from activities including the annual Jean Ferguson Memorial Lecture event and the donations by members, matched by QUT.

The award was established to encourage projects and activities with a direct impact on the development of children from birth to eight years. Its aim is to assist current students and practitioners involved in innovative projects that contribute to the education, care and well-being of children in this age group. It also intends to highlight current developments in early childhood education more broadly in the community of educators, and provide a forum for sharing the learning outcomes of this award for the benefit of fellow professionals.

Read more about Jean Ferguson's legacy (PDF file, 298.8 KB)

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