Dr Vince Ham eFellowship 2021


Applications are now open for the 2021 Dr Vince Ham eFellowship.

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Application process

CORE Education eagerly invites you to apply and wishes you every success!

Applications open: Friday 16 October 2020

Applications close: extended until Sunday 31 January 2021

Shortlisted applicants notified: Tuesday 2 February

Virtual interviews with shortlisted applicants: Wednesday 3 - Friday 5 February 2021

Applicants informed of final outcome: Tuesday 9 February 2021


If you have any questions or feedback about the application process, please contact Alyssa McArthur.

Other things you need to know

  • Your action research project will focus on innovation and equity and how educators can produce sustained and transformative change in education
  • You will need to provide a clear description of the background to, and purpose of the intended project
  • Being a digital technology whizz is not a prerequisite, however you will be expected to embed some form of digital technology within your inquiry
  • You will need the support of your employer
  • Where collaborations and partnerships with others are required, you will have established their willingness to be involved
  • You will need to be able to work in a culturally responsive way that acknowledges CORE Education’s commitment to honouring te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • You will have started to test out some ideas and be looking for support and challenge to continue this work
  • You will be in a position where you have the time and motivation to undertake this project during 2021
  • You will be prepared to share your progress — the learning, approaches, practices — at uLearn 2021 either virtually (pre-recorded) or kanohi-ki-te-kanohi and with the wider educational community by producing some rangahau (research) artefact as agreed with our research team.

Your action research inquiry will need to align with the local curriculum or marau in your setting, and identify how it will contribute to bringing the aspirations and contributions of your community to life. Designing a rich local curriculum allows all whānau and mana whenua to make decisions with leaders and teachers about what they want their tamariki and mokopuna to experience. Local curriculum design and development brings learning to life. It evolves as communities change, and the national curriculum – Te Whāriki, New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa – evolves. New developments like New Zealand histories need to be considered, as well as other kaupapa, like wellbeing, and integrating mātauranga Māori. 

Selection criteria

Below are the criteria for selection that will be worked through by a selection panel.
Applicants are welcome from all sectors. Applicants are invited to complete their application in either English or te Reo Māori.

Applications are considered on how well you:

  • Articulate the background and purpose of the intended action research
  • Identify the potential for the proposed inquiry to produce significant change in effective and equitable teaching and learning
  • For Māori medium applicants: consider how your inquiry would explore an aspect of your marau to develop and expand the learning and thinking of ākonga Māori, their whānau, hapū and/or iwi
  • For English medium strand applicants: explain how the intended action research will support culturally sustaining practices in your context
  • Demonstrate your commitment to honouring te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Demonstrate professional curiosity and a willingness to innovate and expand your thinking
  • Show evidence of how you have started to innovate and test new ideas.

Where other criteria are equal, preference will be given to candidates whose projects are most likely to benefit learners from communities with fewer resources. You must provide evidence of support from your employer for your participation in the eFellowship. 

Selection process

There is a two-step selection process to establish a shortlist of applicants:

  1. Pre-selection is undertaken by CORE Education’s researchers
  2. Shortlist selection is undertaken by the selection panel (see below for details).

Shortlisted applicants are interviewed to determine a final selection of Dr Vince Ham eFellows 2021.
eFellows21 will be announced via the CORE Education website.

The selection panel

The panel is made up of a minimum of five people, including:

  • At least two CORE Education representatives
  • A current eFellow not employed by CORE Education
  • A prominent member of the education community.

Additionally, at least one member of the panel will be:

  • able to contribute a te ao Māori perspective on the selection process
  • a fluent te Reo Māori speaker.

CORE Education may co-opt other members onto the panel if necessary. The panel's decision is final.