Applications for the $20K Queensland-Cooper Hewitt Fellowship for teachers Open!

Queensland teachers are offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to New York to work at the prestigious Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

Fellowship funding of up to $20,000 is available for a registered Queensland teacher to travel to the USA for a project ranging from 8 to 12 weeks in duration to develop their knowledge and understanding of design.

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex with 19 museums, nine research centres and more than 140 affiliate museums around the world. Queensland’s special relationship with the Smithsonian dates back to 2000.

Additional information on the Cooper Hewitt Fellowships Program, including guidelines and frequently asked questions can be found on the Advance Queensland website.

Applications to the program can be made through the Department of Environment and Science SmartyGrants portal at

Past Queensland-Cooper Hewitt Fellows include Cooktown State School teacher ,  Oakleigh State School teacher, Chantelle Sansness and current Asia Pacific Design Library (APDL) Lead, Adam Jefford. The APDL has worked with many of the past Fellows to share their knowledge on Design Minds via teacher toolkits and teacher professional development days.

To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants Fellow must be:

  • an Australian citizen or have Australian residency
  • a registered, practicing school teacher in Queensland (Prep-Year 12).

For more information on how to apply, visit Advance Queensland.

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