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Brother John Taylor Fellowship





Catholic school educators are invited to apply for the annual Brother John Taylor Fellowship.

Now in its fourth year, the $25,000 Fellowship is an opportunity for an employee of a Catholic school or an associated body to travel overseas to research a subject that will help schools meet a present or future challenge.
Applications for the Brother John Taylor Fellowship will close on Friday 29 September 2017. To apply please click here.

The winning Fellow will be announced in early December 2017.



Catholic schools are engaged in a period of rapid social, technological and educational change. The expectations and demands on schools and teachers are increasing. There is far more attention paid to school outcomes and how they are achieved than ever before.

Catholic schools and teachers are also meeting the challenges of teaching a growing number of students with disabilities, refugees, Aboriginal students and students with a non-Catholic background. The mission of educating these and other young people for a rapidly changing world has never been more demanding.

The quality of our teachers and their potential to influence and develop young students has always been important. Those who choose to become teachers take on a significant responsibility and it is incumbent on all of us involved in delivering Catholic education to provide them with the best support possible.

That is why Catholic Education Commission NSW introduced the Brother John Taylor Fellowship in 2014 - to promote excellence within the teaching profession.

The Fellowship provides up to $25,000 in travel and accommodation to enable a Catholic educator to research a key priority or challenge facing our schools.

The aim is to encourage academic study of particular topics and passions by people dedicated to the principles of Catholic schooling, and to share that research with their fellow professionals.

The Fellowship is building a rich body of knowledge on important topics for Catholic teachers to mine for advice and inspiration – topics as diverse as engaging students more effectively in mathematics, harnessing the power of technology to improve student learning and creativity, and understanding the importance of play in developing a child’s capacity to learn and process information.

There are many more topics to be explored. Choose one that is important to you and let us know why. 


The Brother John Taylor Fellowship grew out of the Brother John Taylor Award for Excellence in Catholic Education, offered annually by Catholic Education Commission NSW (CECNSW) since 1995. 

Past recipients are listed here

Guidelines are attached here

In 2014, CECNSW refocused the award as the Brother John Taylor Fellowship to stimulate research and encourage innovation in Catholic teaching.


The Fellowship is offered each year to an applicant who can demonstrate a capacity and passion for research into a priority or challenge facing Catholic education. 

The aim of the Fellowship is to encourage and facilitate academic study by people dedicated to Catholic education into a topic of relevance to Catholic schools.

Each year, the successful Fellow's research will be published for the teaching profession so that over time, a rigorous body of work is developed that makes a valuable contribution to Catholic teaching. 

Brother John Taylor cfc (1929-1993) 

Brother John Taylor was Executive Director of CECNSW from 1984 until his death in 1993. 

A Christian Brother, he was also a member of the NSW Board of Studies, the National Catholic Education Commission and the Commonwealth Schools Council during this period. 

He had a key role in the development, organisation and management of Australian Catholic schools across three decades.

In particular, he played an important part in the development of the Higher School Certificate, and had a strong influence on science teaching in Catholic schools and on curriculum generally.

Brother Taylor's career included teaching at the Christian Brother Juniorate at Strathfield and at Waverley College, Principal of St Paul's Manly and Deputy Provincial of his Congregation. 

As teacher, principal and administrator, Brother Taylor was respected as a man of high ideals, simple taste and powerful intellect. As a colleague, he was admired and loved for his personality, his deep commitment and his genuine affection and concern.

Brother John Taylor Fellowship Reports

Link to past recipients reports will be posted here.