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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. 


Apply for a Fellowship

Applications are now open for the 2023 Fellowships. View our Fellowships page to see if you are eligible.

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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)

  • Fellow and Alumni catch up [Autumn 2023]
    27 Apr, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
    Carlton, 1/189 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
    Join current Fellows and our Alumni for a chance to connect face-to-face
  • 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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