Research updates

Nominations for the IEAA open

The International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) currently has a round of Excellence Awards open. One of the awards – the Research award – aims to assist with establishing the research career of a recent masters or doctoral graduate in international education.

Please visit the IEAA's website for more details on the Research Category by clicking on the 'Research' tab.

Nominations close on Sunday 8 July.


Three Minute Thesis Competition Heating Up

Three Minute Thesis Competition is back! 3MT® is an exciting forum for PhD candidates to showcase their research in an engaging three-minute oration whilst also building on presentation and networking skills. Candidates compete for cash prizes and the chance to represent the University at the Asia-Pacific competition. Six heats are scheduled between 17 July and 2 August. So start preparing now.


Australian Government, Industry and Other Funding Opportunities

Enabling education programme

William Buckland Foundation, AU

This supports initiatives which focus on the benefits of education and learning in a variety of ways in Victoria. The total budget is AUD 2.5 million.

MERI close date Mon 09 July 2018 ahead of submission date of 16 July 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


International Research Funding Opportunities

Social inequality

Russell Sage Foundation, US

This supports research on the effects of economic inequality on social, political and economic institutions, and on equality of opportunity, social mobility and the intergenerational transmission of advantage. Grants are worth up to USD 150,000 per project, for a maximum of two years.

MERI close date Mon 13 Aug 2018 ahead of submission date of 20 aug 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.

Global grants

No closing dates

Rotary Foundation, US

These support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus: peace; health; clean water; maternal health; education; local economies. Grants are worth USD 15,000 to USD 200,000.

Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.

Anne Wexler scholarship in public policy

Australian-American Fulbright Commission, AU

This enables an Australian postgraduate student to undertake a two-year master’s degree in the US in the field of public policy. The scholarship is worth up to AUD 154,300 for a maximum of two years.

MERI close date Fri 06 July 2018 ahead of submission date of 15 July 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.

Indigenous scholarship

Australian-American Fulbright Commission, AU

This supports an indigenous scholar in undertaking a research or study programme in the US. The scholarship includes a monthly stipend, travel allowance, and medical insurance of up to AUD 100,000.

MERI close date Fri 06 July 2018 ahead of submission date of 15 July 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.

Postdoctoral scholarships

Australian-American Fulbright Commission, AU

These enable Australian researchers who have completed their PhD in the past three years to undertake postdoctoral research in the US. Scholarships include a monthly stipend for between three to 10 months, travel and establishment allowances, and medical insurance of up to AUD 100,000.

MERI close date Fri 06 July 2018 ahead of submission date of 15 July 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.

Postgraduate scholarships

Australian-American Fulbright Commission, AU

These enable Australian graduate students to undertake an American postgraduate programme, and allow students undertaking their Australian PhD to conduct research in the US. Scholarships include a monthly stipend for up to 10 months, travel and establishment allowances, and medical insurance of up to AUD 100,000.

MERI close date Fri 06 July 2018 ahead of submission date of 15 July 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.

Scholar award

Australian-American Fulbright Commission, AU

These support research or training in the United States in any discipline. Up to five awards will be given, worth up to AUD 13,900 each for up to four months.

MERI close date Fri 06 July 2018 ahead of submission date of 15 July 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.

Senior scholarship sponsored by Kansas State University

Australian-American Fulbright Commission, AU

These enable Australian senior level academics, government scientists and other key researchers to undertake a collaborative project at Kansas State University in the US. Scholarships include a monthly stipend for six months, travel and dependent allowances, accommodation and medical insurance of up to AUD 100,000.

MERI close date Fri 06 July 2018 ahead of submission date of 15 July 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.

State scholarships

Australian-American Fulbright Commission, AU

These support research relevant to the recipient’s state or territory, and assist in the building of international research links between a given state or territory and US researchers and institutions.

MERI close date Fri 06 July 2018 ahead of submission date of 15 July 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.

Social change fellowship

Westpac Bicentennial Foundation, AU

This supports people from all sectors with the drive to create better lives for Australians. Ten fellowships worth up to AUD 50,000 each are available.

MERI close date Wed 08 Aug 2018 ahead of submission date of 15 Aug 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.

Early Career Researcher Award

Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education, TW

This recognises sound and substantial research work in the field of computers in education. The award is worth USD 500.
MERI close date Wednesday 8 August 2018 ahead of submission date of 15 August 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


Awards and Prizes

Penny McKay memorial award

Applied Linguistics Association of Australia, AU

This recognises a doctoral thesis on any aspect of school-based second or additional language education, such as language development, curriculum, teaching and assessment, including in pre-school settings. The award consists of AUD 500 and conference registration cover.

MERI close date Wednesday 25 July 2018 ahead of submission date of 1 August 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


MGSE Academic Staff ORCID rollout Announcement

Staff who do not have an ORCID will be signed up and directly assigned an ORCID by MERI Staff, by utilising staff email required for login and generate generic form passwords. These passwords can be changed later by the individual academic. During the sign-up process, ORCIDs will be linked to Minerva Profiles. ORCIDs will require to be linked to your email signature, instructions and templates will be provided.

This has been mandated by CADRe and endorsed by the Dean, this approach is the most effective for MGSE.

ORCID Training and support drop-in sessions will be run by the Library, providing advice on the benefits of ORCID, and linking to your existing Researcher ID, Scopus, and Web of Science profiles.

Get one-on-one support to build your ORCID – please contact MERI

The Education Library team and MERI will provide individual support to academic staff to get their ORCID profile ready to include in their email signature.

Staff will be on hand to help configure ORCID profiles and integrate data from Minerva Elements and other identifier systems such as Researcher ID, Scopus and Google Scholar.

Assistance with including your personal ORCID profile link in your email signature will also be available.


MGSE Research Assistants Available

Many MGSE staff have indicated their desire and availability to work as Research Assistants on larger projects, to build capability within MGSE, we ask that you consider internal hires as priority where possible. Please contact MERI for further details.


MGSE Grants Notice of Intent (NOI) Policy

If you are interested in making an application to any opportunity, please notify MERI at your earliest convenience. This applies to both lead (submitted through UoM) and non-lead proposals (those submitted through other institutions). This feeds in to the MGSE Submission Policy, and additionally allows MERI to provide the appropriate support for your application.


MGSE Submission Policy

Please note that MGSE submission policy requires all proposals (internal and external) to be endorsed by the Dean, as Head of Department.

MERI close dates are set in advance of the close dates of the funding body (for submissions direct to sponsor) or the research innovation and commercialisation closing date (usually about a week).

If you are in a situation where you think you will be unable to make the MERI close date, please contact MERI and let us know that you are intending to apply, noting that the level of service MERI can provide in relation to feedback and assistance with proposals will be determined by the amount of lead time available.

MERI close dates are available on all funding opportunities found in the funding opportunities section below.


Funding Items

MGSE Research Professional Magazine – Curated Opportunities for MGSE Academics

Your funding opportunities can be found through Melbourne Graduate school of Education Research Professional Magazine, this curated fortnightly e-publication is updated in tandem with the MGSE News release, we will have a running item in the news to click through to the latest edition, you should all have received a welcome email and the latest edition is available to you now.


VicHealth–NHMRC Partnership Projects Grant

The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation VicHealth invites applications for its National Health and Medical Research Council partnership projects grant. This provides industry support for institutions applying for an NHMRC grant. Projects must focus on health promotion and public health research and development and address one of the following research priorities:

  • healthy eating
  • physical activity
  • tobacco
  • alcohol
  • mental wellbeing.

MERI close date Thursday 5 July 2018 ahead of submission deadline 12 July 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


Conference grants - Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia

These enable members to attend the PESA annual conference in Rotorua, New Zealand in December 2018. Grants are worth up to AUD 400 each.

MERI close date Tues 10 July 2018 ahead of submission date of 17 July 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


University of Melbourne – University of Manchester Research Fund: Now open

Call for applications: University of Melbourne–University of Manchester Research Fund. Application Deadline: 13 July 2018 (midday AEST). The University of Melbourne and the University of Manchester have established a research fund to deepen and extend collaborative research links between the universities. The total fund across both institutions is AUD $100,000. We expect to award up to 5 grants in this round: up to $10,000 per University of Melbourne collaborator and $10,000 per University of Manchester collaborator. Application is via joint submission. Applicants must hold an appointment at Academic Level A (6) or higher and 0.5 FTE or higher at the time of application and for the duration of the award. Honorary and adjunct academic staff are not eligible to apply. Previous recipients may not reapply to the scheme.

Submission deadline: 12pm 13 July 2018
More information: https://research.unimelb.edu.au/support/funding/internal/university-of-melbourne-university-of-manchester-research-fund
RIC Contact: Peter Blight, ric-international@unimelb.edu.au


McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships

The McKenzie Fellowship is one of the University’s most prestigious and highly competitive fellowships (with only 10 funded per year), which provides funding for a three-year appointment commencing at Level A.6 in the University salary band plus superannuation. Fellows will receive an additional $25,000 to be spent on project costs over the term of their Fellowship.

Applicants are judged on both the quality their achievements to date and on their ability to actively contribute to research renewal, including their capacity to build and contribute to inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary collaborations; and their capacity to add innovation and strength to research areas that are important and strategically aligned with university priorities.

MGSE employs an Expression of Interest round to ensure quality candidates have the appropriate support to complete full submission, please submit your MGSE McKenzie EOI here to progress your interest on or before Monday, 23rd July 2018.

To be considered for this Fellowship candidates will need to work closely with a senior academic from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in developing your application to ensure it is competitive.

The McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships Program aims to attract outstanding recent doctoral graduates in areas of research priority for the university and its faculties, and to recruit new researchers who have the potential to build and lead cross-disciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across faculties. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD no earlier than 1 January 2015 from a university other than UoM, and must not hold a fixed term or continuing appointment greater than 1 year at UoM.

EOI Deadline: EoI due on or before Monday, 23 July 2018
Eligibility Exemption Requests due to RIC Wednesday 1 August 2018 (cc MERI)
Invited Full Applications Deadline: MERI close date Monday 20 August 2018
Full Applications due to RIC 11.59pm (AEST) Monday 17 September 2018


Social inequality - Russell Sage Foundation, US

This supports research on the effects of economic inequality on social, political and economic institutions, and on equality of opportunity, social mobility and the intergenerational transmission of advantage.


Examples of research questions include:

  • education;
  • child development and child outcomes.

Grants are worth up to USD 150,000 per project, for a maximum of two years.

MERI close date Monday 13 Aug 2018 ahead of submission date of 20 Aug 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.

Cultural fund - Copyright Agency – MERI close date 28 Sept 2018
The Copyright Agency invites applications for funding from their cultural fund. This supports organisations in delivering opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors. The aim is to create, award, present, publish and promote work by Australian creators that connects with audiences. The fund also offers the following grants:
*grants for leading organisations to help build literacy skills for children and young adults.
MERI close date Friday 28 Sept 2018 ahead of submission date of 05 Oct 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


2018 INEI Seed Funding Announcement

2018 marks the fourth consecutive year for INEI Seed Funding, and as usual, this year will fund two international research teams on their pioneering projects. Each team will be funded with USD5,000 for their research. The deadline for submission is Friday, August 17, 2018. The winners will be announced in Mid-September, 2018.

The criteria for proposals are as following:

  1. Proposals for INEI Seed Funding should be no longer than 5 pages
  2. The participants are Multi-National, more than one institute
  3. There must be an option to include additional INEI member institutes in the testing phase
  4. The proposers are exclusive to INEI member institutes
  5. The proposals demonstrate sound research methodology
  6. The proposals have to include costs and time schedule
  7. The theme relevant to the mission of INEI
  8. Additional funds must be sought nationally and/or internationally to leverage future research funds

Please note that funding recipients will be requested to present their preliminary research findings in the 2018 INEI Annual Symposium at Beijing Normal University. This year, BNU is kindly offering additional USD$1,000 for each winning team to support their international travel to China. However the number of INEI & BNU-funded presenters of each team will be limited to up to 2 people. Additional team members are welcomed and have to travel on their own expense.

Please send research proposals with email title: 2018 INEI Seed Funding Proposal to Ms. Chen Wang. If you have any question regarding the submission, review and funding procedures, please do not hesitate to contact INEI.


Alatis Prize

International Research Foundation for English Language Education, INT

This recognises a published work focusing on the area of language policy or planning in educational contexts. The prize is worth USD 500.

MERI close date Friday 24 August 2018 ahead of submission date of 31 August 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


Cultural fund - Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency invites applications for funding from their cultural fund. This supports organisations in delivering opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors. The aim is to create, award, present, publish and promote work by Australian creators that connects with audiences. The fund also offers the following grants:

  • grants for leading organisations to help build literacy skills for children and young adults.

MERI close date Friday 28 Sept 2018 ahead of submission date of 05 Oct 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


Japanese research fellowship

Hakuho Foundation, JP

This enables international researchers of Japanese language, Japanese language education, Japanese literature and Japanese culture to conduct residential research in Japan. Fellowships cover airfares, relocation allowance of JPY 350,000, living and research expenses of JPY 350,000 per month and a housing subsidy worth up to JPY 150,000 per month.

MERI close date Wednesday 24 October 2018 ahead of submission date of 31 October 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


SCIP research data consultations

To arrange a booking to meet with a SCIP socio-informatician to discuss research data management and any informatics questions and needs (including help with arc applications), please contact SCIP to request a time, and provide a brief description of your requirements.

Important Publications Affiliations

It is important to ensure that all of your publications affiliations reference your position at MGSE, as this affects internal funding distribution. Please see example below:

Professor John Smith, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the University of Melbourne


Call for submission of your 2017 publications to MERI for Annual Collection (previously HERDC)

What do I need to send?
  • For books – we need the physical book or a copy of the entire front matter up to the first chapter and a copy of your full chapter
  • For journal articles – we need a citation or a copy of the full article
  • For reports – we need a link or copy of the full report, including proof it was made publicly available
  • For conference papers – we need a link to the full proceedings or a copy of your paper and the front pages of proceedings documents up to the first paper

To note on conference papers:

  1. papers can only be included where the full paper (not abstract only) was published in a conference proceedings
  2. if you are claiming as peer reviewed, you will need to provide proof - either as a statement in the proceedings or an email from the conference organiser

Send publications via email only to MERI


Publications Launchpad

Minerva Elements

Have you been entering your publications into Minerva Elements? If so, please also send your supporting evidence to Jacinta Ridge, Grants and Publications, jridge@unimelb.edu.au
This way, we can also include your recent publications in ‘Publications Launchpad’.

Below is a summary of publication and Minerva updates:

How To Add Publications To Minerva: Minerva Elements is the system used to add and update publications. A Minerva User Guide is available. It is also important to check against the University Publications Collections Guidelines on evidence needed for each publication category. Please contact MERI for further advice on publications collection.

Training: additional MGSE specific training sessions will be held in the coming months or contact MERI to organise a one-on-one session.