Research updates

Introduction to ARC Grant Writing – Where to start?

Date: Wednesday 3 October 
12.30 – 1.30pm
Kwong Lee Dow Building, 234 Queensberry Street – Meeting room Q372

Facilitators: Trish Kendal and Jan van Driel

Are you planning on submitting an ARC Grant application for a Linkage Project, Future Fellowship, Discovery Project or DECRA and want to know where to start? MGSE, the University community and the ARC offer a range of support from one-on-one services, seminars, workshops and an extensive array of supporting documentation that can seem overwhelming to applicants.
Come along to this Studio to find out:

  • Key contacts for supporting your ARC grant preparation
  • MERI support during this ARC grant round
  • Where to find helpful resources
  • Logical steps and resource material to consult first
  • The ins and outs of ARC submission processes – e.g. rejoinders

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

Register now for Melbourne Talks Graduate Research program

Connect with other graduate research students through fun, peer-led activities while developing your English language skills and learning about Australian culture.

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.

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

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

Allen, K., Kern, M.L., Vella-Brodrick, D., Hattie, J. & Waters, L. (2018). What Schools Need to Know About Fostering School Belonging: a Meta-analysis. Educational Psychology Review, 30(1): 1-34. DOI: 10.1007/s10648-016-9389-8

Bowles, T. & Scull, J. (2018). Applying adaptive change processes and supports to the learning classroom. Issues in Educational Research, 28(2): 271-287.

Byers, T., Mahat, M., Liu, K., Knock, A. and Imms, W. (2018). A Systematic Review of the Effects of Learning Environments on Student Learning Outcomes – Technical Report 4/2018. Melbourne, Australia: Innovative Learning Environments & Teacher Change, LEaRN, The University of Melbourne. URL:

Chesters, J. (2018). Educational trajectories: Parental education, pathways through senior secondary college and post-school outcomes in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia. International Journal of Training Research, 16(1): 19-33. DOI: 0.1080/14480220.2017.1413992

Davies, B. (2018). Ethics and the new materialism: a brief genealogy of the ‘post’ philosophies in the social sciences. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 39(1): 113-127. DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2016.1234682

Guthrie, H. & Clayton, B. (2018). VET policy: Processes, stakeholders and issues. Melbourne, Australia: L H Martin Institute, University of Melbourne. URL:

Marginson, S. (2018). Public/Private in higher education: a synthesis of economic and political approaches. Studies in Higher Education, 43(2): 322-337. DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2016.1168797

Martin, A.J. & Lazendic, G. (2018). Achievement in Large-Scale National Numeracy Assessment: An ecological study of motivation and student, home, and school predictors. Journal of Educational Psychology, 110(4): 465-482. DOI: 10.1037/edu0000231

Rudolph, S., Sriprakash, A. & Gerrard, J. (2018). Knowledge and Racial Knowledge: The shine and shadow of ‘powerful knowledge’. Ethics and Education, 13(1): 22-38. DOI: 10.1080/17449642.2018.1428719

Woelert, P., (2018). 'Follow the money? How Australian universities replicate national performance-based funding mechanisms'. Research Evaluation, Volume 27, Issue 3, 1 July 2018, Pages 184-195