Philosothon Project
Grant Applications
2018
The Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA) is delighted to announce
that it has been awarded a substantial grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to fund a philosophy in
schools project from September 2017 to August 2020. The Project will further develop Philosothons in
Australasia by growing existing Philosothons and supporting the establishment of new ones, 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 Head of Philosophy, Values and
Religion at Hale School in Western Australia. A Philosothon is a competition that sees students
engaging in a Community of Inquiry, seeking 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 links to online application forms. Fill in the form and press submit.
Applications
will be accepted and reviewed at any time but we ask for applications by the end of November each
year for the following year.


GRANTS


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

Travel subsidies: Subsidies will be provided to enable students/staff from remote locations to travel
and participate in regional and National Philosothons.
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Judges/facilitators subsidy- Money is available to schools to pay judges/facilitators an Honorarium to
cover travel costs etc.
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Teacher training subsidy- Money is available to schools to pay judges/facilitators an Honorarium to  
cover travel costs etc.
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Training for Phd Students: Training and professional development will be organised to allow students
to be trained in the Community of Inquiry pedagogy which, in turn, enables them to act as facilitators in
Philosothons.
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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.




FAPSA is an umbrella organisation which seeks to enrich and expand philosophy education in primary
and secondary schools in Australasia. It supports the interests of its nine affiliated Associations through
professional development and advocacy initiatives, has an official open access journal, Journal of
Philosophy in Schools, and holds a biennial conference.
Contact: Project co-ordinator Mr Matthew Wills (e)
philosothon@yahoo.com | Ph: +61 (0)400 029 660 |
FAPSA Website:
http://fapsa.org.au/

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.