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Australian VET Sustainability Fellowship

for Vocational Education & Training

The VET Development Centre (VDC) in partnership with the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS Institute) are offering two Fellowships:

One (1) International Fellowship valued at $15,000.

One (1) Desktop Research Fellowship valued at $7,500.

Applications closed for 2023

The VDC works in partnership with the International Specialised Skills Institute by funding the Australian VET Sustainability Fellowship for Vocational Education & Training [VET]. The Fellowship program focuses on developing opportunities for the VET sector to support sustainable practices and innovation.

About this Fellowship

The Australian VET Sustainability Fellowship for Vocational Education & Training looks to support and enhance sustainable practices in the VET sector. This involves researching what innovations are occurring overseas and what products, services or processes are being adopted to generate long term social and environmental benefits. 

This Fellowship is open to:

  • VET practitioners who are employed within a national Registered Training Organisation (RTO), including TAFEs and private RTOs.

  • Academic researchers with sustainability expertise whose applied research will have an impact on the VET sector.

  • Applicants welcome from all Australian states and territories provided they have an Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency.


The International Travel Fellowship involves travelling abroad to research new skills and best practice in areas such as clean and alternative energy, upcycling, recycling, innovative technologies and sustainable processes and procedures etc,  then disseminate the findings to the Australian VET sector upon return. 


The Desktop Research Fellowship provides the opportunity for VET Practitioners to learn international best practice without travel. The ideal candidate has a strong research agenda that can be conducted online and/or within Australia. The Fellowship can be completed through online conferences, short-courses, zoom interviews or meetings with national / international experts, and/or use the funds to assist desktop learning and research.

The VET Development Centre

The VDC was established in 2005 by the Victorian Government to promote the development and raise the professional standing of people working in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Sector. The VDC specialises in providing continuing professional learning webinars, workshops, and seminars  for teachers, trainers and educators in the Australian VET sector. The VDC is providing this fellowship opportunity to all Australian VET practitioners as part of its national program. 
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International  Specialised  Skills Institute (ISS Institute)

The International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS Institute) exists to develop an innovative, skilled, and smart Australia by cultivating the mastery and knowledge of talented Australians through international applied research (i.e., industry-based) Fellowships.


Founded by the late Sir James Gobbo AC, CVO, KC (former Governor of Victoria) in 1991, the independent and not-for-profit ISS Institute has to date provided opportunities for over 570 Australians to gain enhanced skills and experience across numerous sectors including food and agri-business, building and construction, textiles, art and design, conservation and restoration, and technology.

Fellowship Application Form

When completing this Fellowship Application Form please ensure you refer to the corresponding Fellowship. Application Guidelines for further information and tips.

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