ACEL Presents the New Voice Scholarship class of 2019

It is with great pride that ACEL congratulates the recipients of the 2019 New Voice Scholarships. New Voice Scholarships recognise forward thinking, contextually relevant and responsive educational leaders whose work has had an impact above and beyond their immediate context. The New Voice Scholarships are part of ACEL’s 10 year and $300,000 commitment to recognise the emerging voices in educations leadership.

This year saw a high volume of outstanding candidates across the four categories open for submission, showcasing the depth of our emerging educational leaders that Australia has to offer.

Each scholarship welcomes the recipient into the ACEL network and supports the dissemination of new learning and thought. Among the suite of benefits and support of ACEL network recipients will also receive complimentary attendance at the 2019 ACEL National Conference where the official presentation of the New Voice awards will take place as part of the ACEL National Awards Ceremony on October 3rd before an audience of industry peers, leaders and local and international keynote speakers and presenters.

“On behalf of The Australian Council for Educational Leaders, our board, members and staff, we would like to officially welcome and congratulate our outstanding New Voice Scholarship Winners for 2019. The New Voice Scholarship program is a shining light within our portfolio and demonstrates our commitment to identify new voices across the sector and provide them with opportunities to both learn and contribute to the profession. As an organisation, we are honoured to welcome the Class of 2019 and look forward to engaging with them over the coming months".
ACEL CEO Aasha Murthy

Please join us in congratulating the New Voice Scholarship Class of 2019.


Category 1: The ‘New Voice’ in School Leadership

This scholarship recognises an impressive ‘new voice’ in educational leadership from each state and territory of Australia.

Criteria for selection:

  • An aspiring educational leader
  • Teaching qualifications
  • Currently employed in an educational institution in the state/territory
  • Demonstrated excellence in current educational role
  • Demonstrated capacity as a forward-thinking, relevant and responsive educator

Category 2: The ‘New Voice’ In Educational Leadership Research

This scholarship recognises an impressive ‘new voice’ in educational leadership research from each state and territory of Australia.

Criteria for selection

  • An aspiring educational leader
  • Teaching qualifications
  • Currently employed in an educational institution in the state/territory
  • Currently completing or recently completed (in the past 5 years) a Master of Education or Doctorate in Education
  • Demonstrated excellence in educational leadership research
  • Demonstrated capacity as a forward-thinking, relevant and responsive educator

Category 3: The ‘New Indigenous Voice’ in Educational Leadership

This scholarship recognises impressive new indigenous voices in educational leadership, with up to four of these scholarships available nationally.

Criteria for selection

  • An aspiring educational leader
  • Teaching qualifications
  • Currently employed in an educational institution in Australia
  • Of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Demonstrated excellence in current educational role
  • Demonstrated capacity as a forward-thinking, relevant and responsive educator

Category 4: The ‘New Voice’ in Early Education and Care

This scholarship recognises an impressive ‘new voice’ in early education and care from each state and territory of Australia. Presented by ACEL and ACECQA.

Criteria for selection:

  • An aspiring educational leader
  • Teaching qualifications
  • Currently employed in an educational institution in the state/territory
  • Demonstrated excellence in current educational role
  • Demonstrated capacity as a forward-thinking, relevant and responsive educator