Research updates

Contact information for MERI

General inquiries: bblaher@unimelb.edu.au
Grants: mgse-grants@unimelb.edu.au
Graduate research: mgse-research@unimelb.edu.au
Human ethics: timm@unimelb.edu.au

NOW OPEN: 2019 ARC Linkage Projects

Applications for ARC Linkage Projects for funding applied for in 2019 are now open in RMS.  This grant opportunity supports projects which initiate or develop long term alliances to apply advanced knowledge to problems, acquire new knowledge and as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.
Key dates for intake 1 – 2019:

  • Review Ready Applications due to RIC for review: 1 May 2019
  • Final applications due to MERI:  22 May 2019
  • Final applications due to RIC:  29 May 2019
  • Final applications due to ARC:  31 May 2019

A detailed timeline and submission information is available on the RIC Linkage Projects website.
Instructions to Applicants and FAQs: Now available at Grant Connect.

All documentation for this grant opportunity can be found on Grant Connect. While grant guidelines are available to view, you will need to register with Grant Connect to access all documentation.  To view the details for ‘Linkage Projects for funding applied for in 2019’,  under Grant Opportunities, search for  GO ID: GO2093.

For More information and supporting document, please refer to RIC Linkage Projects webpage
Contact RIC: ric-arclinkage@unimelb.edu.au


Research team to develop an International Literature Review on Equity in Higher Education

Dr William Locke from the Centre for Study in Higher Education will join a research team from the University of Newcastle (UON) who have been awarded a grant from the Australian Department of Education and Training, under the HEPPP National Priority Pool Scheme,to develop an International Literature Review on Equity in Higher Education. This work will be a significant asset for the Australian field of Equity in Higher Education.

The project aims to feed into national strategic decision making on the use of precious funds to maximise impact of equity programs. The project will develop accessible and useful recommendations for policy-makers and university leaders, including the identification of future research areas.

The team, led by Professor Penny Jane Burke, includes Associate Professor Peter Howley, Professor Andrew Brown, Dr Matthew Bunn, Matt Lumb and Belinda Munn at UON.


Indonesia Democracy Hallmark Research Initiative

Collaborative Research Grants 2019

The Indonesia Democracy Hallmark Research Initiative (IDeHaRI) seeks to build a more cohesive Indonesian studies community at the University of Melbourne, create new collaborations between scholars working on Indonesia, democracy or Islam, and boost external recognition of the University’s Indonesia expertise as a prelude to major grant applications, including a possible Centre of Excellence bid. As policymakers, law enforcement agencies, aid agencies and scholars struggle to meet the challenge of ‘Indonesia rising’, this initiative will provide rigorous analysis of Indonesia’s democratic system and how Islam interacts with it.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 30 April 2019.

For further information about the Initiative and the grants visit the Indonesia Democracy page. You can also contact Helen Pausacker to obtain a copy of the Guidelines and the Application form.


New Mingyuan Distinguish Professorship of Education

Faculty of Education at Beijing Normal University is excited to announce its new Mingyuan Distinguish Professorship of Education, which is generously funded by the Gu Mingyuan Education Fund, with the goal to produce cutting-edge research, and train a new generation of collaborative scholars in education research.

Download the details of how to apply.


MGSE Conference Funding 2019

The submission process for MERI conference funding 2019 has been changed.  Applications are now submitted via Smartygrants.

If you have not used this platform before you will need to register before you will be able to make an online submission.  Once you have registered with Smartygrants you may continue with the application process. Registration gives you secure access to your form allowing you to work  on your application over time rather than completing your application all at once.  If you wish to leave a partially completed application, press 'save' and log out. When you log back in and click on the 'My Submissions' link at the top of the screen, you will find a list of any applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and start where you left off.

For those seeking MGSE Conference funding:

  • MERI Conference funding will be available for only one conference per calendar year (max. $3,000 for international travel and $2,000 for domestic travel)
  • Presenting at a conference is expected to lead to publication of a journal article
  • Those with teaching and supervisory responsibilities that need to be met during time away must provide evidence of subject coordinator approval
  • Within the supervisor support statement, your supervisor is required  to make clear and explicit that the primary purpose of the approved travel is conference attendance
  • Priority for funding will be given to early career academics presenting at a conference for the first time since completing their doctorate
  • Staff with access to consultancy funds or funding from grants/contracts that provide for conference travel to call upon these funds in the first instance
  • Whilst not excluded from MGSE Conference Funding Level D and E academic staff are expected to first seek grants or utilise consultancy funds to assist in conference travel

Please note that the application submission for the MGSE Conference Funding 2019 close Tuesday 30 April, 2019.


Open call for Data and Services project proposals

The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) are inviting Australian research organisations, service providers and research groups that have a passion for data collections, capacity, capability and coherence to submit their project proposal to the ARDC.

Application due: 1 May 2019, 5.00pm (AEST)
Funding: up to $50,000 per project proposal
Completion date: project must be completed by 15 September 2019


Top 5 - ABC Media Residency Program

The ABC is pleased to be partnering once again with the University of Sydney for the Top 5 Humanities Media Residency, to discover, and give voice to, Australia's next generation of dynamic thinkers.

The scheme aims to equip emerging scholars with media and communication skills to help them reach and engage a wide audience for their specialist knowledge and research.

Winners will work alongside some of Australia's best journalists and specialist broadcasters training in TV and radio and developing content for ABC digital platforms.

Applications close Wednesday 1 May visit the ABC's website for details on how to apply.


Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis

Nominations are invited for the annual Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis. All students who completed a PhD degree in 2018 are eligible for nomination and supervisors are encouraged to consult with their Head of Department/School regarding the suitability of their student for nomination.

Nominations must be submitted to Faculty Deans by Heads of Departments/Schools by Friday 10 May. For more information including the nomination process, please go to: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/624a
Enquiries: Xian-Zhi Lai
9035 5789


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.


2020/21 Fellowship Opportunity at Durham University's IAS

Recruitment for the 2020/21 Fellowship is now open and will close Friday 7 June.

Each year, the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) supports four ambitious interdisciplinary projects tackling major research questions. It is advantageous if the interests and proposed activities of applicants complement the 2020/21 research projects sponsored by the IAS. Applicants can therefore apply to join a project team during the Fellowship period (see pro forma at the end). However, fellowship applicants can also apply to join Durham colleagues in other collaborative projects, to develop ground-breaking ideas, explore interdisciplinary synergies and develop new programmes of research. It is a condition of the Fellowship that a research collaboration is undertaken.

Visit the Durham University website for details on how to apply.


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.


Key opportunities

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.


ACEN WIL Research Grants now open

In 2019 ACEN is offering funding for three Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants up to $10 000 each and two grants of $5 000 for Early Career Researchers. Applications are invited on topics related to one of the following themes identified through National WIL Strategy and the 2018 ACEN National Research Symposium:

Innovative and scalable WIL models, WIL and global mobility, leadership in WIL, digital technology enabling WIL, building learner agency and professional identity through WIL, and WIL practices supporting diverse learners.

Applications must be sent to admin@acen.edu.au by 5.00pm (AEST) Thursday 2 May.
Enquiries: admin@acen.edu.au.


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.


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.


Recent Publications

Oades, L., Siokou L. C. and Slemp G. (2019) 'Coaching and Mentoring Research: A Practical Guide', SAGE Publications.