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Inspiring best practice through overseas research Fellowships

The International Specialised Skills Institute exists to encourage investment in specialised trades to address a skills shortage in Australia. 


We work with artists, designers, technicians, educators, care workers, teachers and innovators to ensure specialised lines of work continue to flourish in Australia. 

Passionate People.

Great Ideas

A Better Skilled Australia

VET International Practitioner

Applications are now open for the 2023 VET International Practitioner Fellowship sponsored by the Victorian Skills Authority. 


Innovation in Aged Care

Applications are now open for the 2023 Innovation in Aged Care International Fellowship. 

If you work in the Australian Aged Care system, apply today to receive $10,000 to travel overseas and research new innovations that can improve the sector.

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A Fellowship awards funds to talented individuals to travel overseas to learn more about their specialised trade. Fellowships create new connections, provide education and training, and address the skills gap in Australia. 

Fellows travel overseas, to learn best practice and return to Australia to disseminate their learnings. Fellows assume a role of influencer, innovator and change-maker within their industry, growing their business and practice, often leading to more jobs in their sector. 

The International Specialised Skills Institute publishes each Fellows report which are available to download. Each report is a tool to inform industry on the international context of best practice. 


To date, we've had:

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560 Fellows

30 Countries Visited

75 Industry Sectors informed

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"The Fellowship provided me with a sense of fulfilment on a professional and personal level. Engagement in research renewed my energy and enthusiasm in my work and the potential vocational for the cohort I work with."
Jan Davis
(Vocational Education & Training Fellow 2016)

  • VET Illuminate: Empowering VET Educators
    06 July, 9:10 am – 3:30 pm
    Melbourne, Level 8/379 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Join us at the VDC for a unique opportunity to support and empower teachers in vocational education & training with special guest Dr. Kimberley Grant
  • Fellow and Alumni catch up [Spring 2023]
    28 Sept, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
    Carlton, 1/189 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
    Welcome to the Spring Edition of The ISS Institute's Fellow and Alumni catch up.
  • VET Illuminate: Innovation in Blended Learning
    30 June 2022, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    The VDC, Melbourne
    International special guest Neil Morris from The University of Leeds joins us for a special forum on innovations in blended learning.
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