Research updates

ARC LIEF Information Seminar

Date: Wednesday 17 October
Time: 2.30pm-4pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 3, Level 1, Alan Gilbert Building
Contact the Chancellery Research & Enterprise and Major Initiatives

Chancellery Research & Enterprise and Major Initiatives (RIC, University Services) are coordinating an ARC LIEF (Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities) Information Seminar for applicants interested in developing a proposal for submission within the 2020 round of funding. The seminar is aimed at encouraging participation and supporting them in the preparation of high quality applications. Both academic and professional staff are welcome to attend. Topics covered will include:

  • UoM performance and strategic insights
  • Advice from successful applicants
  • Insights from the ARC College of Experts and key development and support information.

ORCID support for MGSE academic staff and graduate research students

If you are a MGSE staff member or graduate research student with a publishing track record and need help with building your ORCID profile, help is at hand. You can visit Fransie Naude on level 3, 100 Leicester Street, Wednesdays 12.30pm-2.30pm.

Contact Fransie
Date: Drop in on Wednesdays
Time: 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Venue: Level 3, 100 Leicester Street

Have you got an ORCID?

If not, please contact Andria Karageorgopoulos at MERI to access one-on-one support to register and build your ORCID profile, and assistance including your ORCID in your email signature.

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 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.

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.

Forum: Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) within Education

Addressing an exciting and expanding area of educational research in Australia, this two-day Forum centres on the use of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) within Education. Hosted by the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre at the University of Newcastle, the Forum is open to all interested educators, researchers, and research students. No prior knowledge of RCTs is needed.

The event is hosted by the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre (TTRC).

For more information contact:

Date: Wednesday 28 - Thursday 29 November
Venue: New Space, University of Newcastle

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 simultaneously with the MGSE News release.

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.

McCoy Project: University of Melbourne – Museums Victoria

The McCoy Project established the McCoy Seed Fund to support the development of collaborative research projects between Museums Victoria and the University of Melbourne. The fund seeks projects that are likely to be developed into an ARC Linkage Project or will attract follow-on funding from another source and will be sustainable beyond the life of this project. A small number of grants between $5,000 and $20,000 will be awarded annually. Projects will have to demonstrate the potential to have a significant impact beyond academic and the museum environment.

MERI close date Wednesday 24 October 2018 ahead of submission date of 31 October 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.

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.

Endeavour Leadership applications now open

The reconfigured Endeavour Leadership Program has now opened for applications – closing 15 November.

It provides for both short (up to 6 months) and longer term mobility for graduate research (up to 2 years for domestic students going O/S and 4 years for international PhD students coming to Australia), and for ECR and executive mobility.
Under the 2019 round, approximately $20 million in funding is available to support two-way mobility Leadership Activities.

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

Mid-career researchers grant

Capstone Editing invites applications for its mid-career researchers grant. This supports mid-career researchers through the preliminary stages of their research project, leading to the development of a research council funding application.
Applicants must be employed at a research institute, university or government science agency in Australia. They must have obtained their PhD within the past five to ten years.

One grant is available, worth up to AUD 5,000 for up to one year. Funds may cover software or equipment, travel, editing and data analysis costs.

MERI close date Monday 10 December ahead of submission date of Sunday 30 December. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.

Call for submission of your 2017 and 2018 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,
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

Clinton, J. & Dawson, G. (2018) Enfranchising the profession through evaluation: a story from Australia. Teachers and Teaching 24(3): 312-327. doi: 10.1080/13540602.2017.1421162

Cuervo, H. & Acquaro, D. (2018). Exploring metropolitan university pre-service teacher motivations and barriers to teaching in rural schools 46(4): 384-398. doi: 10.1080/1359866X.2018.1438586

Jach, H.K.,Sun, J.,Loton, D., Chin, T-C. & Waters, L.E. (2018). Strengths and Subjective Wellbeing in Adolescence: Strength-Based Parenting and the Moderating Effect of Mindset. Journal of Happiness Studies 19(2): 567-586. doi: 10.1007/s10902-016-9841-y

Jackson, A., O’Higgins, R., Frydenberg, E., Liang, R. P-T, & Murphy, B.M. (2018) Parent’s perspectives on how they cope with the input on their family of a child with heart disease. Journal of Pediatric Nursing – Nursing Care of Children and Families 40: E9-E17. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2018.01.020

King, E.(2018.) CFS policy and Cambodian teacher education and training: Beeby revisited. International Education Journal – Comparative Perspectives 17(2): 16-29.

McKernan, A. (2018). Childhood, youth and emotions in modern history: national, colonial and global perspectives. History of Education 47(3): 432-433. doi: 10.1080/0046760X.2017x1350757

Smith, K. (2018). Contesting early childhood professional identities: A cross-national discussion. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood 19(2): 97-116. doi: 10.1177/1463949118768356

Stephens, M. (2018). Re-thinking the Quest for Teacher Quality. Educational Designer 3(11). Retrieved from:

Batterbury, S.P.J. & Toscano, M. (2018) Seeking justice through interdisciplinary environmental education at postgraduate level: Lessons from Melbourne, Australia. Revista Internacional de Educacion para la Justicia Social 7(1): 141-156. doi: 10.15366/riejs2018.7.1.007

Huisman, B., Saab, N., van Driel, J. & van den Broek, P. (2018). Peer feedback on academic writing: undergraduate students’ peer feedback role, peer feedback perceptions and essay performance. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 43(6): 955-968. doi: 10.1080/02602938.2018.1424318