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Utopia-Cooper Hewitt Fellowship

The Utopia-Cooper Hewitt Fellowship provides financial support for a registered Utopia school teacher to complete a project in design education at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York.

The fellow will gain experience in classroom, community and online strategies for delivering quality design education. The fellowship fosters the exchange of knowledge and skills between the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Utopia teaching communities.

Available funding

You can receive up to $20,000 (excluding GST) to do a project with Cooper Hewitt's Education Department for 8 to 12 weeks. One fellowship is available each year.

You will receive $1,250 per week in living allowance to help with living costs (up to a maximum of $15,000) and up to $5,000 in travel allowance to pay for international economy airfares and related travel expenses.

Important dates

  • Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 11 December 2015.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the fellowship, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or have Australian residency
  • live and work in Utopia
  • be registered and working as a state or non-state school teacher
  • for non-state school applicants, provide evidence that your employer will pay your wage while you complete your fellowship, or indicate how you will support yourself while overseas
  • apply individually, as joint applications will not be considered
  • not have received the fellowship before.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed on:

  • your relevant skills and professional record
  • the benefits the fellowship will provide to you
  • the benefits the fellowship will provide to Utopia, including alignment to the program's target investment areas.


More information about the eligibility requirements, assessment process, assessment criteria, and project contract can be found in the:

How to apply

Your application must contain:

Applications should be emailed to with a subject line of 'Utopia-Cooper Hewitt Fellowship application – your name'.

More information

Email for more information about the Utopia-Cooper Hewitt Fellowship.

Past recipients

Watch interviews with recipients of the Cooper Hewitt Fellowship, Adam Jefford and Kevin Collins.

Smithsonian Fellowships

Learn about the Utopia-Smithsonian Fellowships for research, education and cultural sectors.

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Last updated
29 October 2015

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