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You are invited to join a new graduate research student network

Are you a graduate research student interested in young children’s learning and education? A new network is being set up for graduate researchers interested in early childhood education.

All research and higher degree students with an interest in young children’s learning or education (aged birth – 8 years) are invited to join.

The network will initially offer monthly get-togethers for discussion, skill-development, sharing, networking and celebration – with snacks!

There may also be an online component – what we do will evolve in response to our members’ interests.

The network will be supported by the new REEaCh Hub (Research in Effective Education in Early Childhood) at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Please send an email to Catriona Elek to express your interest in joining, or to find out more call 03 83440304.

International Engagement with India and Indonesia strategies

There will be a launch of the International Engagement with India Strategy and the International Engagement with Indonesia Strategy by the Vice-Chancellor in New Dehli and Pune in India on 18-21 August, and Jakarta in Indonesia on 22 and 23 August.

An opportunity exists for MGSE academics to invite collaborators from India and/or Indonesia to these occasions. If you would like to do so,  please send information through to Lorraine Graham. Kindly note that email and postal addresses are required because both electronic and paper invitations will be sent.

Call for proposals
Archiving Qualitative Research Projects in the Sociology of Education and Youth

Julie McLeod and Kate O’Connor are seeking proposals from sociology of education, childhood and youth researchers interested in archiving data from their qualitative research projects within a new repository housed within the Australian Data Archive (ADA). MGSE has received a grant from the Australian Research Data Commons (Transformative Data Collections scheme) to support this work. Funding of up to $4000 per project is available to assist in preparing materials for digital archiving. We will provide guidance and support in setting up your archive, including protocols for anonymisation, access conditions, development of appropriate metadata and ethical and methodological guidelines. Expressions of interest are due to Kate O’Connor by COB Friday 12 July and projects will need to be archived by Monday 30 September. Please see our website for further details.

Staff Writing Boot Camp

Date: Monday 15 - Friday 19 July
You must register in advance as places are limited. To register, contact: 

Are you struggling to get your research written up? Need some discipline to get (and keep) your fingers on the keyboard? Then come along to the UniMelb Staff Writing Boot Camp. This is a writing group run by members of academic staff. We work in 75-minute sessions here on campus with generous breaks. The key is commitment: attendance is strict, as is adhering to the writing schedule. No excuses. The idea is that when you feel the pain of writing, you look up to see everyone else in the same pain, and you keep going. That is the essence of Writing Boot Camp. Academics in any faculty or discipline can join.

Save the date - MGSE Research Showcase

Date: Wednesday 23 October
Location: 234 Queensberry Street, Carlton, Kwong Lee Dow Building

More details to follow - watch this space.

Applications now open for the 2020 Fulbright Scholarships

The Fulbright Program is the flagship foreign exchange program of the United States of America, aimed at increasing binational collaboration, cultural understanding and the exchange of ideas. This year there are more than 100 scholarship opportunities across all disciplines and career stages (postgraduate, postdoctoral, academics and professionals) providing applicants with an opportunity to take part in an academic and cultural exchange, pursuing research or study at a U.S. institution. There is no better time to consider a U.S. experience! Applications are open until Monday 15 July.

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.

Key opportunities

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

Junior academics of all disciplines with outstanding qualifications, who completed their doctorates within the last six years, are eligible to apply for up to €1.65 million each, enabling them to spend five years establishing and heading their own research groups at a research institution in Germany. Applications close 31 July.

Visit the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award website.

Special Alert Call for EOIs: MacArthur Foundation 100&Change $100 million grant

100&Change is the MacArthur Foundation’s global competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time. They are seeking proposals that articulate both a problem and its solution. Competitive proposals will address a significant problem and provide a solution that is impactful, evidence-based, feasible, and durable. The University is convening an internal selection process to identify potential projects and choose the most competitive one for submission. We are currently calling for Expressions of Interest from academics who have projects with potential for funding at a $100 million scale. To receive the EOI form and for further information, please contact Georgina Luck.

Funding Items

Laura Bassi Scholarship 2019

The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which will award a total of $8,000 thrice per annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing  editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline and the next round of funding will be awarded in July:

Summer 2019 Application deadline: 25 July 2019
Results: 15 August 2019

All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment.

Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV through the application portal by the relevant deadline. Further details and application portal.

2019 Hugh Rogers Fellowship

In 2019 the MBSCA may award Fellowships in each of the program's areas of focus.  All areas of research and practice will be considered, but the following guidance is provided for applicants.

  • The education Fellowship is intended to encourage innovative teaching in kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools but preference will be given to innovative proposals from teachers with interest in: indigenous education, children with special needs, technology in the classroom, obesity prevention and sport, environment and sustainability, and differentiation in the curriculum
  • The health care and medical research Fellowship is not intended to fund basic research. It is intended to encourage and support innovative research, and in 2019 preference will be given to projects that show promise to deliver early public health benefits and/or or clinical outcomes, or alternatively, hold the promise of early commercialisation.
  • The arts and culture Fellowship is intended to assist young artists to continue their studies and to perfect their skills in their chosen area of endeavour. Preference in 2019 will be given to applicants in the performance arts of ballet, voice and instrumental performance.

Important dates for 2019

  • Applications close: Friday 26 July 5pm
  • Short-listed applicants interviewed: Wednesday 4 September
  • Applicants notified of outcome: Friday 13 September

VicTESOL Research Grant 2019

VicTESOL is offering a research grant to support research into the field of TESOL. The VicTESOL Research Grant for the amount of $10,000 will be awarded on the basis of proposals submitted by teams consisting of researchers and practitioners to undertake research into an existing or developing EAL focused program. The aims of the research will be to evaluate and enhance or develop a program directed at addressing EAL learning needs.

The Research Grant will strengthen VicTESOL’s capacity to provide expertise and professional learning opportunities for VicTESOL members and the broader TESOL community. VicTESOL also expects the grant will support the generation of data that can inform decision making and practice in relation to the support of EAL programs.


5 April - Grant applications open
31 July - Applications close 
2 October - Successful application announced

Now Open - Applications for Fellowships at the State Library of NSW

Over $200,000 in research funding is now available for scholars to work with the Library's rich collections.

Download the summary of the opportunities, a media release and the link to the online application forms

Seed Funding Round 1, 2019: Call for Proposals

The Creativity and Wellbeing Hallmark Research Initiative is offering a seed funding scheme for grants up to $13,000 to support inter-Faculty research projects that explore the relationship between creativity and wellbeing. The primary purpose of the scheme is to build capacity and support new and emerging research collaborations which explore the intersection of creativity and wellbeing, and how creativity may foster wellbeing.

The round is open from 24 June and closes Wednesday 15 August.

Call for applications- Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia's 2020-21 Workshop Program

Applications are due by Friday 4 October

This grant is for workshops to be held between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021.

ASSA’s Workshop Program provides grants to researchers in the social sciences for the purpose of funding two-day research workshops on issues of national concern. The program provides an arena for intellectual exchange, a forum for developing connections between research and policy, and a platform for supporting Early Career Researchers.

Workshops will be funded to a maximum of $9,000. This sum includes provision of $1,500 towards the cost of preparing a digested analysis paper. This paper should be an analytical summary of the workshop content, and is intended to be accessible to people with no special knowledge in the topic of inquiry. At least one of the workshop convenors must be an ASSA fellow, and at least two of the participants must be Early Career Researchers based in Australia. Workshops with an emphasis on policy often include government officials and policy analysts.

Please go to ASSA's website for information about the Workshop Program, and to download the guidelines and application form.

Please contact Dylan Clements for more information, or with any inquiries you might have.

Forrest Research Foundation

The Forrest Research Foundation is offering 4 post-doctoral fellowships in any subject area to outstanding early career researchers who wish to undertake their pioneering research at one of the five Western Australian universities. The fellowships are open to candidates who have completed their PhD since 1 January 2017, or who will complete their PhD before 31 December 2019.

Contact for further information.

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.

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

Publications Launchpad

Minerva Elements

Have you been entering your publications into Minerva Elements? If so, please also send your supporting evidence to MERI
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.