Research updates

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.


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.

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.

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 Conference Funding

Please access the MGSE Conference funding policy here.

Those wishing to utilise the MGSE Conference Funding must submit NoI (Notice of Intent) by 30 April 2018. Please submit your NOI here, answering questions 1-15 for NOI only.

Please note, the supervisor support statement must make explicit that the primary purpose of the approved travel is for conference attendance.

In relation to the Notice of Intent, those who have confirmation of acceptance of conference papers at the time of submitting NoI can upload additional information following the document naming conventions outlined on the NoI form (Q16 onwards) to trigger consideration of the request. Those who are yet to receive confirmation are still required to complete the mandatory questions on the NoI (up to Q15, as relevant) by 30th April to confirm intent to apply for MGSE Conference funding in 2018.

Once your NoI has been approved and you have received acceptance from your conference convenor, please submit a full application to MERI Conference Funding 2018. Please follow the hyperlink to the appropriate survey and follow up your submission with an email to MERI, advising of your full application.

For those who have received full acceptance and all supporting documents, please complete the NoI form only, and in full.  For any applications submitted out of round (post April 30) please submit an NoI and follow up with an email to MERI advising that you have made a new NoI submission. Please include a brief justification for submitting out of round.


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.


2019 ARC Laureate Fellowship applications

Step 1 - Notice of Intent (NOI)

Level E academics who are considering submitting a 2019 ARC Laureate Fellowship application must register a NOI as soon as possible and commence discussions with their Faculty. The Major Initiatives team will then contact those registered in the NOI system regarding the next steps.

Step 2 - Expression of Interest (EOI) Application*

Applicants are required to complete a short 1-2 page EOI template outlining their proposed research program and submit it to the Major Initiatives team by July 25 2018.

*The EOI application is not applicable to current 2018 Laureate Peer Support Program participants.

Step 3 - Panel Presentation

Applicants are required to present key aspects of their proposed research program in front of an internal Peer Review Panel. The Panel, chaired by Prof. Julie McLeod (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Capability), will be cross-disciplinary and consist of 3-4 past/current ARC Laureate Fellows who are well-placed to provide critical feedback on research program content and advise on the elements that form a successful application. Their advice may also include a recommendation on whether applicants should proceed with a submission this year or in the coming years, or if they should consider pursing other funding avenues.

Applicants should address the aims, significance, expected outcomes, benefits and impacts of the proposed program and why they are best placed to undertake it in no more than 10 minutes. Applicants should also consider their leadership attributes, leap or step-change from their current research and the legacy their program will create. PowerPoint slides may be provided to support the presentation (approx.5). A Q&A session will follow in which the Panel will discuss aspects of proposal and provide constructive feedback and advice. FRM’s and ADR’s are encouraged to attend as observers.

Applicants will be required to present at one of the below sessions. Please advise Major Initiatives your preferred session as soon as possible as slots are allocated on first come first served basis. If you are overseas, your presentation will be arranged via Zoom or Skype.

  • Thursday 26 July     12:00-2:00pm
  • Tuesday 31 July       2:00-5:00pm
  • Thursday 2 August  2:00-5:00pm
  • Tuesday 11 Sept      3:00-5:00pm

Due dates:

  • NOI - as soon as possible
  • EOI – July 25 2018

More information: https://staff.unimelb.edu.au/research/grants/find-research-funding/major-funding-calls/australian-laureate-fellowships

Contact: ric-majorinitiatives@unimelb.edu.au

2018 ARC Linkage Projects – Intake 2

This scheme supports collaborative research and development projects, between higher education researchers and other parts of the national innovation system, that are undertaken to acquire new knowledge and involve risk or innovation.


2018 ARC Linkage Projects – Intake 2

This scheme supports collaborative research and development projects, between higher education researchers and other parts of the national innovation system, that are undertaken to acquire new knowledge and involve risk or innovation.

Key dates:

  • Applications due to RIC for review: 17 July 2018
  • MERI final deadline for reviews and Authority to Submit Forms due: 7 August 2018
  • Final applications due to RIC: 14 August 2018

A detailed timeline and submission information is available on the RIC Linkage Projects website.

Instructions to Applicants and FAQs

More information and supporting documents

Contact: ric-arclinkage@unimelb.edu.au

Please submit a Notice of Intent


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.


Travel Awards, CASS Foundation

The CASS Foundation invites applications for its travel awards. These enable early-career researchers to attend international conferences between 1 November 2018 and 31 May 2019. Researchers must present their current findings as an invited presenter, an oral presentation or a poster presentation.

The research material to be presented at the conference should be current and not based primarily on the applicant’s PhD studies. Australian citizens or permanent residents who have been awarded their PhD between 24 August 2011 and 24 August 2016 may apply. Early-career researchers with an equivalent research intensive qualification may also be eligible.

Awards are worth up to AUD 4,500 and may cover up to 80 per cent of total travel costs.

MERI close date Fri 17 Aug 2018 ahead of submission date of 24 Aug 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


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.


National Academy of Education: Spencer postdoctoral fellowship programme

Spencer Foundation

The National Academy of Education and the Spencer Foundation invite applications for their postdoctoral fellowship programme. This supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of education research. The programme also supports the careers of its recipients through professional development activities.

MERI close date Thursday 18 October 2018 ahead of submission date of 01 November 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


Original, isn't it? New options for the humanities and cultural studies

Volkswagen Foundation

The Volkswagen Foundation invites applications for its Original, isn’t it? – new options for the humanities and cultural studies call. This programme encourages scholars in the humanities and cultural studies to embark on projects of groundbreaking originality, encompassing anything that contradicts the established knowledge or generally accepted intuition, or the development of a new approach to research, a new hypothesis, a new theory, observation of a new phenomenon, and discovery of knowledge gaps.

MERI close date Wednesday 31 October 2018 ahead of submission date of 14 November 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


SCIP (Social & Cultural Informatics Platform) 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.


Recent Publications

Ball, L. (2018). Indicators of CAS use: Determining CAS use through analysis of written solutions. International Journal for Technology in Mathematics Education 25(1), 19-25. doi: 10.1564/tme_v25.1.02

Lynda Ball (Science & Mathematics Education)

Byers, T.,Hartnell-Young, E. & Imms, W. (2018). Empirical evaluation of different classroom spaces on students’ perceptions of the use and effectiveness of 1-to-1 technology. British Journal of Educational Technology 49(1), 153-164. doi: 10.1111/bject.12518

Wes Imms (Arts Education)

Cook, J. & Cuervo, H. (2018). A longitudinal analysis of residential mobility from 1991-2017: Understanding generational patterns and inter-relationships. Melbourne, Australia: Youth Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.

Hernan Cuervo (Youth Research Centre)

Dam, M., Janssen, F.J.J.M., & van Driel, J.H. (2018).Attention to Intentions – How to Stimulate Strong Intentions to Change. Research in Science Education 48(2), 369-387. doi: 10.1007/s11165-016-9572-4

Jan van Driel (Science & Mathematics Education)

Dawborn-Gundlach, L. & Margetts, K. (2018). Social Adjustment and Transition to University for Mature-Age, Undergraduate Students. Journal of Education & Social Policy 5(1), 88-96.

Merryn Dawborn-Gundlach (Science & Mathematics Education), Kay Margetts (Early Childhood Education & Care)

English, N., Griffin, P., Harding, S., & Graham, L. (2018). Self-regulated Learning. In P. Griffin (Ed.) Assessment for Teaching (2nd Edition) (pp. 141-160). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Narelle English, Patrick Griffin, Susan-Marie Harding, (Assessment Research Centre) & Lorraine Graham (Educational Psychology, Wellbeing & Inclusion)

Gerrard, J. (2018). Whose public, which public? The challenge for public education. Critical Studies in Education 59(2), 204-217. doi: 10.1080/17508487.2016.1186711

Jessica Gerrard (Education Policy & Leadership)

Quay, J., Bleazby, J., Stolz, S.A., Toscano, M., & Webster, R.S. (Eds.). (2018). Theory and Philosophy in Education Research Methodological Dialogues. United Kingdom & USA: Routledge – Taylor & Francis.

John Quay (Curriculum & Pedagogy) & Maurizio Toscano (Science & Mathematics Education)

Rusk, R.D., Vella-Broderick, D.A., & Waters, L. (2018). A complex dynamic systems approach to lasting positive change: The Synergistic Change Model. Journal of Positive Psychology 13(4), 406-418. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2017.1291853

Reuben Rusk (Honorary), Dianne Vella-Brodrick & Lea Waters (Centre for Positive Psychology)