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BJET Fellowship 2021

The BJET Fellowship is awarded biannually 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.

Summary and output

Applications are invited from members of the British Association for Educational Research (BERA) for the BJET Fellowship.  The Fellowship will last for one year and the award of £5,000 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. We welcome applications from any country.

It is expected that a progress report on the research will be presented at the BERA 2021 Conference and the Fellowship should lead to the submission of an academic paper to BJET in 2022. 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 Edtech be used to respond to changing contexts of learning in response to emerging global challenges/events as increasing numbers of learners are out of school?’

Some examples of research topics include the following.

  1. Supporting changing modes of learning/ changing learners’ needs outside school, such as increased community learning, individualised learning, collaborative uses of technology at a distance.
  2. The impact of technology use on learning practices, role of parents and others.
  3. Teachers’ and learners’ perspectives on the design and implementation of online learning.
  4. Critical of appropriate/useful technologies for effective out-of-school learning in specific contexts.
  5. Specific challenges faced by low- and middle-income countries in addressing the needs of out of school learners.

Research will need to take a critical stance and engage with the methodological, practical or social challenges and implications.

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


Applications must be made by 18 September, 2020 and should not exceed 1,500 words.  If necessary, interviews of the shortlisted candidates will take place (probably via Skype) during November. The successful applicant will be notified by 27 November 2020 and will take up their Fellowship on 1 January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Your application

Your application should set out the following.

  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)

The criteria for assessing the proposals are as follows:


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


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


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


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

Completed applications should be sent to

For academic queries regarding your application, please contact Louis Major:

2019 winner

The theme for 2019 submissions was “How can innovative digital data collection or analysis methods lead to methodological advancement in support of pedagogical change in technology-enhanced learning?”

The 2019 BJET Fellowship was awarded to Sharon Smith (University of Chester) for her research proposal:”The use of online data collection methods to explore student perspectives on technology – enhanced learning and its role in establishing a voice for marginalised students abjected from mainstream education.”

The editors would also like to highly commend the proposals made by the other shortlisted candidates Francisco Iniesto (Open University) and Dr Katy Jordan (Open University).

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) was awarded the fellowship 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).