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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


Now Open!

George Alexander Foundation

Applications are now open for the George Alexander Foundation Fellowship. This Fellowship is for 18-35 year-olds working in artisan, heritage and conservation trades. 

Applications close 31 March 2023.

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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. 


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To date, we've had:

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)


Our Fellowships

  • Fellow & Alumni End of Year Catch Up
    Fri, 09 Dec
    The Clyde Hotel
    09 Dec, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
    The Clyde Hotel, 385 Cardigan St, Carlton VIC 3053
    A chance for our Fellows and Alumni to get together, have a drink, make new connections and have a good catch up about work.
  • VET Illuminate: Innovation in Blended Learning
    30 June, 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.
  • GAF Fellowship Info Session
    05 Apr, 12:00 pm – 12:20 pm
    This 20 minute information session will answer all your questions about The George Alexander Foundation Fellowship
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