Gould League Scholarship

Applications for the 2018 Gould League Scholarship have closed

We welcome new applications when the scholarship opens again in early 2019.

Purpose of the scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide teachers, tertiary students and environmental educators with financial assistance (up to $1000) to attend the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) NSW bi-annual conference or, in the off year, the AAEE national conference, or an equivalent professional learning activity.

The scholarship is a legacy left by the Gould League of NSW to assist future environmental and sustainability educators in their learning and to develop their skills and knowledge to:

  • integrate sustainability, science and geography into their curriculum
  • connect people with their natural environment
  • empower the community to live more sustainably.

The scholarship is a legacy left by the Gould League of NSW to assist future environmental and sustainable educators in their learning and to develop their skills and knowledge in environmental education and learning for sustainability. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be able to demonstrate they are upholding the values of the Gould League. You can read more about the background of the Award below.

Guidelines and Selection Critera

Applications from AAEE members who work as teachers, or with teachers or students, in NSW primary and secondary schools  will be accepted. Students studying Environmental and Sustainability subjects in tertiary institutions are also welcome to apply.

The scholarship winner will be selected by a selection panel, based on the following criteria.

  • Current member of AAEE
  • Upholding the values of the Gould League
  • Supporting environmental education or education for sustainability
  • Likely to benefit from the funded professional development opportunity
  • Willing to pass on learning to school, university or work place
  • Willing to submit apost-conference report

Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received the scholarship.

Scholarship acquittal

A post-conference report must be submitted within 3 months of the conference, and may be used in AAEE publications. The topic you are asked to address is:

"How the experience enhanced your current work, any ideas, skills and strategies that you learnt from the conference experience, and how you have shared them with others."

2017 Winner

The winner of the 2017 Gould League scholarship was Julie Overton.

Julie is a past teacher at the Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre. She has recently been appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts (RSA) - a network committed to social progress and environmental protection. She plans to share her Conference learnings through the RSA as well as other organisations and networks she is involved with.

Julie writes of the conference: "I am being deadly serious when I say this is one of the best conferences I have ever attended. There were so many highlights it is hard to work out where to start."
Read Julie's report

Further information

For further information about the scholarship, please contact Nell Graham, Ph: (02) 9029 5670, E: 

Background to the scholarship

For 100 years the Gould League of NSW (originally Gould League of Bird Lovers) was an institution in NSW public schools. The organisation originated at Wellington Public School in 1910 as the idea of a young teacher, Walter Finigan, and his head master Edward Webster. It grew quickly and was established state wide in the same year. The Gould League has contributed over time to the field of bird study, nature study, natural science, conservation and environmental education in NSW and Australia.

In the early years of the Gould League there was no other organisation dedicated to the preservation and study of birds and being able to relate that to students in a practical way. It was a natural progression that the Gould League of NSW branched out and became a pioneer organisation in public schools for environmental education.

The Gould League also had a strong voice in the forming of environmental policy and influencing opinions on environmental issues in the wider community. But most people would remember their introduction to the Gould League through their membership and pledge to the environment, and gaining the benefits of practical learning in their primary education.

In 2010 the Gould League of NSW celebrated its centenary at Wellington Public School in central NSW where it had started. It was decided that the Gould League NSW had reached an end of an era and that Environmental Education had come a long way in those 100 years, so the NSW Chapter of Gould League has wrapped up. “This scholarship will provide an enduring reminder of the early beginnings of Environmental Education in NSW and Australia”. (Gould League History, David Tribe)