Research updates

MGSE Research Development Awards Call for Applications 2018

Applications are now open for the Melbourne Graduate School of Education Research Development Awards (Chancellery-funded) grants scheme and will close at 9am, Monday, 01 October 2018.

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education Research Development Awards (Chancellery-funded) grants scheme supports submission of proposals from Early and Mid-Career Academics and is specifically aimed to strengthen researcher capability in two areas depending on academic seniority.
Within this scheme support can be provided to

  1. Build a stronger publication track record (Level A6-C), or
  2. Develop a bid for a grant application in the next major round (Levels C-D).

Collaborations with other staff of the MGSE may be part of the proposal and is strongly encouraged in both grant applications and paper writing (where expertise may be drawn upon, and it improves the competitiveness and feasibility of the application).

Funding up to $5,000 is available for applications. These funds are to be used to build tangible products in terms of 1) submitted papers to top-tier journals, or 2) fully developed proposals for a major grant round.

The funding is to support writing activity and can be used for purposes of marking or teaching buyout, or RA support – please note that travel, conference attendance, and the collection of new data are not eligible for funding under the scheme.
For application forms and guidelines, or further information or support, please contact MERI.

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.

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.

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.

The Spencer Foundation: The Lyle Spencer Research Awards Program

This Program is intended to support intellectually ambitious research oriented to improving the practice of education and is an assertion of our determination to search for and support challenging, original, and constructive scholarship and research. Through this endeavor challenges the research community to raise their level of intellectual ambition: to do work that is thoughtful, critical of prevailing assumptions, self-critical about the work and its limitations, and relevant to the aim of building knowledge for improved educational practice. Studies should focus on instructional practice, educational infrastructure or research infrastructure.

Budget up to USD 1,000,000.

Close date Tuesday 2 October for more information visit the research professional website. Please contact RIC if you intend to apply, more information can be found about the research award program on The Spencer Foundation website.

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.

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 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

Davies, M. (2018). Tech Savvy Teaching of Critical Thinking. Pursuit, University of Melbourne. Retrieved from:

Jeanneret, N., Leong, S., Burnard, P., Leung, B. & Waugh, C. (2018). Assessing Creativity in Music: International Perspectives and Practices. In G. McPherson & G. Welch (Eds.) Creativities, Technologies and Media in Music Learning and Teaching: An Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Vol 5. (pp. 74-94) United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Marginson, S. (2107). The World-Class Multiversity: Global Commonalities and National Characteristics. Frontiers of Education in China 12(2): 233-260. doi: 10.1007/s11516-017-00181

McLeod, J. & Healy, S.(2017). ‘We Make No Discrimination’: Aboriginal education and the socio-spatial arrangements of the Australian Classroom. In K. Darian-Smith & J. Willis (Eds.) Designing Schools: Space, place and pedagogy. (pp. 144-157) United Kingdom & USA: Routledge – Taylor & Francis.

Seabrook, E. M., Kern, M. L., Fulcher, B. D. & Rickard, N. S (2018). Depression is predicted by emotional instability on Facebook, but by reduced emotion variability on Twitter. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(5): e168. doi: 10.2196/jmir.9267

Sharrock, G. (2018). Beautiful Lies, Damned Statistics: Reframing how Australian University Finances are compared with the OECD. Higher Education Policy, 31(3): 333-357. doi: 10.1057/s41307-017-0058-4

Stacey, K., Steinle, V., Price, B., & Gvozdenko, E. (2018) ‘Specific Mathematics Assessments that Reveal Thinking: An Online Tool to Build Teachers’ Diagnostic Competence and Support Teaching’. In T. Leuders, K. Philipp, & J. Leuders (Eds.), Mathematics Teacher Education: Diagnostic Competence of Mathematics Teachers, Vol 11. (pp. 241-261) Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Vereijken, M.W.C., Van der Rijst, R.M., Dekker, F.W., & Van Driel, J.H. (2017). Fostering first-year student learning through research integration into teaching: student perceptions, beliefs about the value of research and student achievement. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 32(3): 353-375. doi: 10.1080/14703297.2016.1260490.

Wyn, J., Khan, R., & Dadvand, B. (2018). Multicultural Youth Australia Census 2017 Infographic Report. Melbourne, Australia: Youth Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the University of Melbourne. Retrieved from: