1. About the Fellows Program
1.1 What is the Fellows Program?
Since 2011, The Salvation Army AUE has offered the Fellows Program, sponsored by Aged Care Plus, to foster a learning culture and knowledge building through the professional development of its Officers, employees and volunteers for the benefit of the organisation and ultimately the community which we serve.
Scholarships of up to $5,000 are available for successful applicants.
In the past seven years, 115 scholarships have been carefully chosen by the Selection Committee and grants amounting to $363,000 in total have been awarded.
2018 will see the program being rolled out nationally to both AUE and AUS territories.
1.2 How do I apply?
All applications must be made ONLINE using the Fellows Program weblink on mySalvos.org.au/FellowsProgram. Application opening date will be announced on this site and other communication channels.
1.3 What kinds of courses can I apply for?
Funding of up to $5,000 is available for courses/conferences/conferences that will benefit the applicant’s professional development and ultimately, The Salvation Army. We consider creative people relaying their talents across the widest range of activities, rather than a predetermined set of criteria.
Examples of courses funded over the past few years are below:
- Leasing Fundamentals & Asset Management Introduction-Property Council of Australia
- Emotionally Healthy Leadership Conference
- QCON International Software Development Conference, San Francisco
- Master of Philosophy - University of Divinity
- Young Manager - Australian Institute of Management
- Trauma Focused Therapy Training - Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
- San Diego International Conference Child & Family Maltreatment and USA study tour
- NLP: A key to business excellence
- Sub-Editing Fundamentals short course & Writing for the web short course
- Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit Chicago
- Corporate Performance & Writing Skills
- Advanced Diploma of Accounting
- Predictive Analytics World Conference, 2012 – Boston
- Fundraising Management Diploma
- Multi-Cultural Ministries Conference, Chicago
- MA Theology Studies
- Brass/ Music Ministries Study Tour - NY, London, Ireland
- 5th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality
- Certificate IV in Graphic Design
- World Congress on Stress, Trauma & Coping, Baltimore, USA
1.4 How many people receive a scholarship?
While there are no quotas or limits, typically, up to 20 scholarships will be awarded each year, depending on the funds requested and allocated.
1.5 Will I be granted the full cost of the course/conference/program?
It is the discretion of the Fellows Committee to award full or partial scholarships up to $5,000 per applicant. You will need to detail how you intend to pay any balance, if the full amount requested is not granted.
If the applicant is not awarded a full scholarship, the Fellows Committee will contact the applicant to discuss partial funding to determine whether the applicant can fund the remaining costs of their course/conference/program.
2. The Selection Process
2.1 What is the selection process?
Once a Fellows application is submitted, and approved by the relevant Managers and HOD, it is shared with the Fellows Committee who make recommendations for which applications are approved.
2.2 What is the Fellows Committee?
The Fellows Committee is comprised of representatives from Eva Burrows College, Human Resources, AUS/AUE and Aged Care Plus Executives. The Chair is the CEO of Aged Care Plus. Their combined expertise and knowledge helps in selecting applicants.
2.3 What information does the Fellows Committee use to make its recommendations?
If all eligibility criteria are met, written applications will be reviewed and assessed in regards to:
- Rationale including benefits and relevancy of course/conference/program
- Course information
- Performance review (no more than two years old)
3.1 How are recipients notified of their scholarship?
A member of the Fellows Selection Committee will contact the successful applicants prior to the public announcement. This will be followed by a confirmation letter including an invitation to the Awards Ceremony and instructions on how to receive the scholarship funds.
A public announcement is made through internal media including names, photographs and application details of the successful recipients, which may also be posted on The Salvation Army website and other external media.
3.2 Is it mandatory to attend the Ceremony to receive the Grant?
It is always nice to have attendance of recipients but we understand that this is not possible for everyone.
Attendance to the Ceremony will need to be discussed and agreed with your Manager. If you are unable to attend, please notify email@example.com and your Certificate will be posted to your place of work.
4. Successful Recipients
4.1 What happens after recipients are notified of their successful application?
Successful recipients will receive clear written instructions regarding access to the grant, reimbursements and also booking of the approved course/conference/program (travel and accommodation where necessary).
- Upon booking the course/conference/program, recipients will be notified of the due date of their scholarship report in the provided template
- Recipients agree to the use of their image and report for promotional purposes.
- Recipients agree to appropriately use the funds awarded as outlined in their application to cover course costs and any associated costs. Any misuse of funds will result in cancellation of the scholarship
- If the successful recipient terminates their employment with The Salvation Army within a year of completing their course or program, they may be asked to repay the scholarship awarded
4.2 How will I be reimbursed for the cost of the course/conference/program?
Successful applicants are required to pay for the course/conference/program and provide original Tax Invoices for reimbursement. If this is not possible, the applicant must contact the provider and request a tax invoice to be paid directly by TSA.
The Fellows Committee provides the process note for reimbursements to the successful applicants with specific details.
4.3 What are the Scholarship Reports used for?
Successful recipients are required to provide a Course Summary Report using the template provided. This should outline their experience and the benefits of the course/conference/program.
The Course Summary Report is due within two months of the completion of the course to summarise knowledge obtained and plans for dissemination and/or implementation.
Scholarship Reports are used for internal and external news stories, to promote future Fellows Programs and as an opportunity for recipients to reflect on their experience and learning outcomes.
4.4 Can I change or defer my course/conference/program?
Unfortunately it is not possible to amend courses. The scholarship can only be used for the approved course/conference/program.
4.5 What is the validity of the grant provided?
All successful recipients must use the scholarship within the financial year of being awarded the scholarship, otherwise the grant will expire.