The Templeton Religion Trust has provided generous funding support to help develop Philosothons throughout Australasia, The current grant cycle finishes in August 2020. The Project is supporting existing Philosothons and the establishment of new Philosothons, particularly in remote schools and at schools catering for students from low socio-economic backgrounds.
The Philosothon Project was conceived by Mr Matthew Wills, the then Head of Philosophy, Values and Religion at Hale School in Western Australia. A Philosothon is an event that brings students together with students from other schools using Community of Inquiry. There students seek to investigate a complex ethical or philosophical problem in a collaborative manner. Philosothons promote critical and creative thinking and collaboration skills.
You will find links below to online application forms for the various grants. Click here for a list of previous grant winners. We are accepting applications at any time of the year. Please note that the funds received must be used by the successful applicant in the allocated year. Currently there are still grants available for 2020.
New Regional Philosothons: Subsidies are available for schools to help regional and remote schools cover the costs associated with starting up their own local Philosothon. This will involve other schools in their area. Click here for an application form.
New Philosothons will be supported in cities that do not currently have one, including the ACT, New Zealand, the Northern Territory, Singapore, South Australia, and Tasmania. Click here for an application form
Northern Territory Grant applications- These are travel grants to enable teachers to participate in professional development opportunities related to the Philosothon Project. Some priority will be given to indigenous teachers and or teachers of indigenous students. Please fill in the online application form and we notify you ASAP if your application was successful. Click here to apply.
Travel & Participation subsidies: Subsidies will be provided to assist students/staff who might not otherwise be able to participate in a Philosothon. This might be because they live in remote locations or because the school is dealing with students from low socio-economic backgrounds. Click here for an application form.
Teacher training subsidy- Teacher training subsidy- If you are wanting to complete an introductory course to teach Philosophy or advanced teacher training subsidies these are still available. Click here for an application form
Training for Phd Students: Training and professional development will be organised to allow students to be trained in Community of Inquiry pedagogy which, in turn, enables them to act as facilitators in Philosothons. Students that have completed an introductory approved course can be subsidised to complete advanced teacher training course in 2020. Click here for an application form
Resource development: Teachers and academics will be recruited to consult on and develop age appropriate resources to be used as stimulus material for Philosothons. A website will be developed to house these resources and enable access for all participants. Click here for an application form.
This project was made possible through the support of a grant from Templeton Religion Trust. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Templeton Religion Trust.