Educators and ECEC organisations invited to apply for $20,000 Margaret Trembath Scholarship
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Educators and ECEC organisations invited to apply for $20,000 Margaret Trembath Scholarship

by Freya Lucas

March 24, 2022

Australian early childhood educators and organisations have been invited to apply for the 2022 Margaret Trembath Scholarship to support research in young children’s learning, development and/or well-being. 


The value of the scholarship is up to a maximum of $20,000, tax exempt. The research should inform the early childhood profession and benefit early childhood education and care in Australia. 


This research scholarship is named in honour of Margaret Trembath, nee Keeves, a distinguished South Australian educator in early childhood services. Her enthusiasm, persistence and courage to fight for the things she believed in, which included the pursuit of excellence in all things for children, were evident throughout her professional life not only in South Australia, but also interstate and overseas. 


To perpetuate the memory of Margaret Trembath, the Australian Association of Early Childhood Educators (later known as the Institute of Early Childhood Educators) established this trust fund in 1985. In 2000, Early Childhood Australia, South Australian Branch became the administrators of the trust fund. 


The research should benefit early childhood education and care in Australia. The scholarship is: 


  • Available to any Australian Citizen working in the field of early childhood (birth – 8 years). 
  • Not usually available to a candidate who will be undertaking a consultancy. 
  • Intended to contribute towards the costs involved in the research. 


The scholarship will not fund major capital expenditure. 


Essential requirements: 


  • Relevant early childhood experience. 
  • Relevant research experience. 
  • The research must be presented in the form of an academically publishable report and presented to the ECA SA executive committee. 


The proposal must demonstrate: 


  • Research that is designed to effect change and improve practice. 
  • Clear aims and research design and deliver measurable outcomes.


Successful applicants must obtain ethics approval and will be expected to write a publishable report and present their findings at the South Australia Early Childhood Australia branch executive committee. 


Enquiries and application form requests can be directed to: 


Lesley-Anne Ey: [email protected] Telephone: 08 8302 4600 


Applications must be received via the application form by close of business 31 May 2022. 


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