Provost Fellows Program

Call for Expressions of Interest

The Provost Fellows Program at Curtin University aims to develop the leadership and managerial skills of senior academic (ALD/E) women, gender diverse, and AFAB who have demonstrated excellent academic ability and leadership potential. The academics selected as Fellows will work in close collaboration with the Office of the Provost on an agreed project that is aligned with the University’s Strategic Plan and that helps to realise institutional goals.

Program goal

The overarching objective of the Provost Fellows Program is to provide senior academic (ALD/E) women, gender diverse, and AFAB with leadership and professional development opportunities at the University-level, including the opportunity to lead a University-level initiative or project over a defined 6-month period.  The Program is designed to help address the widely documented lack of senior academic (ALD/E) women, gender diverse, and AFAB in senior leadership roles in Higher Education institutions.

2024 Program

In 2024, up to two Provost Fellows will be established as part of the SAGE Athena Swan program of actions to provide a range of targeted opportunities to assist in developing senior academic leadership capability. Each Fellow will develop a project proposal in discussion with the Provost and the Selection Panel, in an area of strategic priority for the University. The Provost will be responsible for the final approval of the project. Fellows will continue their academic activities (teaching, research and engagement), but will be provided with a workload allocation of 0.2 FTE (one day/week) for the duration of the Fellows Program and will work closely with the Provost and Associate Provost who will provide support and assistance as required. They must have the endorsement of their Line Manager and Head of School or Pro Vice-Chancellor for the work allocation.


Provost Fellows will each be awarded funding of up to $10,000 at least half of which is to be used for their professional development, which may include participation in a leadership program endorsed by the University and/or external leadership coaching. In addition, the Fellow’s School or Faculty will provide in-kind support through a workload allocation of 0.2 FTE for the duration of the Program.

Each Fellow will be invited to the monthly Head of School Forums held by the Provost, and to Senior Leadership and Professoriate Forums, and may take up the opportunity for mentoring by a Senior Executive Manager. This will allow Provost Fellows to become more familiar with university-wide academic initiatives, strategic planning and challenges affecting Schools, Faculties and the University.


Application and selection process

Applicants may nominate by submitting a 2-page CV and the EOI form, which includes a brief statement outlining their leadership experience, professional goals and interest in the Program, and a statement of support from their Head of School or Pro Vice-Chancellor. Heads of School and Senior Executive Team members may also nominate eligible academic staff members for selection. A small Selection Panel will interview short-listed applicants, and will make recommendations to the Provost who will be responsible for the final approval of Fellows and their respective projects. Applications are due by 5pm, Monday, 5 March 2024.

Further information

Further information on the Provost Fellows Program is available from the Associate Provost, Professor Michele Willson or 9266 7699.