BJET Fellowship

The BJET Fellowship is awarded bi-annually to an individual with the most compelling proposal for a piece of research in the field of educational technology. The Fellowship lasts for one year and is an award of up to £5,000.

BJET Fellowship 2019

Summary and output

Applications are invited from members of the British Association for Educational Research for the BJET Fellowship.  The Fellowship will last for one year and the award of £5000 will be made available to an individual with the most compelling proposal for a piece of research in the field of educational technology.  There are no restrictions as to age or experience but priority will be given to early career researchers.

It is expected that a progress report on the research will be presented at the BERA 2019 Conference and the Fellowship should lead to the submission of an academic paper to BJET in 2020. You will also be required to write a piece for the BERA blog and, should you wish, an article for BERA Research Intelligence.

The theme for submissions this year is “How can innovative digital data collection or analysis methods lead to methodological advancement in support of pedagogical change in technology-enhanced learning?

Some examples of research topics include:

(a) methods for data collection or analysis using digital tools themselves;

(b) methodologies that capture complex datasets or integrate different forms of multimodal data;

(c) considerations of who may be privileged by these methodological approaches.

Papers will need to take a critical stance and engage with the practical or social implications of these forms of data analysis.

Applicants may also submit applications on other topics that are clearly related to the above theme.


Applications must be made by November 9th, 2018.  If necessary, interviews of the shortlisted candidates will take place (probably via Skype). The successful applicant will be notified by 15th December 2018 and will take up their Fellowship on 1st January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Application Guidelines

Your application should set out:

  1. Why you want to do this work.
  2. The aim, design, methods and anticipated outcomes of the research.
  3. The timescale of the work.
  4. How the Fellowship award will be spent.
  5. A short CV (including confirmation that you are a member of BERA)

Your application should be no longer than 1500 words

The criteria for assessing the proposals are as follows:

Relevance-e.g. to the aims of BERA and promotion of educational research; relevance to the theme for this year’s submissions

Clarity-e.g.  of research question(s); of focus of research; of proposal, etc.

Quality-e.g. is the research robust, ethical, well designed etc.

Significance-e. g. will the research make a contribution to knowledge, theory building, practice or policy etc.


For academic queries regarding your application, please contact Niall Winters



To apply, email your application to by 5pm 9 November 2018.

You must be a BERA member to apply.



2017 Winner

The theme for 2017 submissions was How can innovative use of digital technology support pedagogical change / innovation in informal or formal learning contexts?”

Dr Alison Clark-Wilson (UCL Knowledge Lab) for her research proposal: How do secondary mathematics departments scale their use of dynamic technologies within key stage 3 mathematics? – A situated view of teachers’ growth in knowledge and practice.

The editors also highly commended the proposals made by the other shortlisted candidates Louis Major (University of Cambridge) and Mutlu Cukurova (UCL Knowledge Lab).