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Equity Fellows Program 2019 and 2020

Administered by Curtin University’s National centre for student equity in HE. The one year fellowships are worth $215,000 each and 6 will be awarded during 2019 -2020.  Fellowships and proposed projects must align with the NCSEHE purpose which is to:

improve higher education outcomes (including access, participation, retention, success, and completion rates) for marginalised and disadvantaged people through:

(a) strengthening Australia’s student equity in higher education research quality, capability and capacity
(b) supporting the building of a robust evidence base
(c) informing institutional best practice and enhancing on-the-ground delivery of equity measures, and informing evidence-based public policy design and implementation”.

Applicants must have a letter of support from their employing Institution.

Applications are due by Friday 29 March.

All the application details are here


If you are considering applying for this fellowship please advise Robyn as soon as possible to ensure approval and authorisation (Dean and DVCR authorisation is required).

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. Learn more about Fulbright Scholarships at our information session Friday 29 March 1.30pm - 2.00pm, Harold White Theatre, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville.

Jeff Northfield Memorial Award for Excellence in Teacher Research

Monash University established the annual Jeff Northfield Memorial Award for Excellence in Teacher Research in 2005 in recognition of the importance of Jeff Northfield’s work in supporting and conducting teacher research. The recipient receives a cheque for AUD$1,000 and a certificate in recognition of the award.

The Jeff Northfield Memorial Award for Excellence in Teacher Research is awarded to one recipient each year, who demonstrates an ongoing and current commitment to teacher research.

Applications close Friday 29 March.

MGSE Research Development Awards Call for Applications

Applications are now open through SMARTYGRANTS for the Melbourne Graduate School of Education Research Development Awards for Round 1 2019 closing Monday 1 April, 2019.

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education Research Development Awards scheme supports submission of proposals from Early and Mid-Career Academics from Level A6 to Level D and is specifically aimed to strengthen researcher capability in two areas, publications and grant applications. Collaborations with other staff of the MGSE is strongly encouraged where this will represent the expertise to be drawn on, and improve the competitiveness and feasibility for  both future grant applications and paper writing.

Depending on academic seniority, 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).

Funding up to $8,000 is available for individual 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.

Should you require further information or support, please contact MERI.

Workshops for Graduate Researchers

Effective Communication: Sharing Your Research 
Date: April 2019
Effective Communication is the key to sharing your research with an interested and appreciative world. The ability to present your research ideas clearly and succinctly to a non-specialist audience is now an essential skill for an academic, and to be able to do this in an exciting, engaging way and dynamic way could mean the difference between getting the next big grant, industry contract or highly paid job and being left in the 'maybe' pile.

Spreading the word: Publishing outside the academy
Date: May 2019
Publication in non-academic outlets (including newspapers, magazines, books and, of course, their digital counterparts) will allow you to reach huge audiences across the globe. But perfecting how you approach these publications and the style you use to you write for them is crucial for achieving success in the non-academic/commercial world.

Research Committee seat: Seeking MGSE Alumnus

The new MGSE governance structure has been devised to ensure a broad representation of our stakeholders at all levels. There is an opportunity for an engaged MGSE graduate research alumnus to sit on the Research Committee.

The Research Committee provides advice to the MGSE Executive on research and graduate research strategy, policy and support programs and meets approximately eight times per year. If you are an MGSE graduate alumnus and interested in contributing to the strategy and governance of research at the school by sitting as a committee member, please contact the Associate Dean for Research, Jan van Driel, at or call ext. 46736.

MGSE Conference Funding 2019

Applications for MERI conference funding 2019 are now open and you can access the MGSE Conference funding policy here.

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.

ORCID How to video resource

MERI has just completed a campaign to register and all ongoing academic staff for ORCID. For academics who we have not been able to contact, the library has developed an MGSE specific ORCID how-to video.

If you would like personal assistance with registering for ORCID, please contact MERI.

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.

Key opportunities

Call for applications for Special Studies Program - Short (SSP-S) for Semester 2, 2019 (June to December 2019).

SSP-S involves special study for a buyout of 2 x 24 hours subjects.

The objective of SSP-S is to support and build upon high performance. Academic employees can use SSP-S to:

a. Contribute to their individual career development, individual performance development, achievement of current work role goals and objectives, renewal and the achievement of excellence across the academic domains of research, teaching and learning, engagement and/or leadership;

b. Contribute to the achievement of the discipline, the MGSE and University strategic objectives, as expressed in the MGSE strategic plan;

c. Strengthen and increase engagement with industry, government and the professions and develops opportunities for future collaboration, including with international partner institutions


Continuing and fixed term (up to 31 December 2019) academic employees at Level A or above are eligible to apply.
A sub-committee of the School Appointments and Promotions Committee will meet to consider all SSP-S applications.


Download the Special Studies Program Guidelines


Please complete the application via Smarty grants and attach your CV and your supervisor’s support.
The closing date for applications from eligible academic staff wishing to apply for SSP-S is Friday 5 April 2019.
Late applications will not be considered.


Please email


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.

IDeHaRI administers Collaborative Research Grants, which allows University of Melbourne academics access to fund joint research projects with external Indonesian collaborators.

IDeHaRI will accept applications from the three thematic foci of the Initiative: (1) Politics, (2) Rights and (3) Islam and Democracy in Indonesia. These themes should be understood broadly, with STEM, legal and humanities approaches all encouraged.

The fund is designed to support fieldwork by University of Melbourne academic staff working on Indonesia. It is expected that part of the funds will be used to bring the collaborator to Australia at the conclusion of the project to present findings. Projects awarded will be those deemed by the selection committee most likely to meet the criteria for research excellence and capable of seeding further research.

Although applications should be oriented towards collaborative fieldwork, recognising that different researchers (and research) have different needs, applications may be made for a wide range of support. Besides travel and research assistance, applications may be made for administrative assistance, carer costs to enable research activities involving overseas travel, and any other expense which is necessary to enable applicants to achieve an excellent research outcome.

Applicants must demonstrate how the funding will lead to excellent research outcomes, particularly publication of articles in in A*/A-ranked refereed journals, publication of monographs with top‐tier scholarly publishers, contribution to strong edited collections published by top-tier scholarly publishers or production of high-quality reports or submissions to government or non‐governmental bodies. They must also demonstrate that the funding is likely to generate further research once the project is complete.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 30 April 2019.


1.1 University of Melbourne academics holding a salaried appointment for the duration of the proposed project are eligible to apply. Applications must include an external Indonesian collaborator as a co-applicant.

1.2 Applications can be from individuals or teams, provided at least one member of the team holds a salaried appointment as an academic at the University of Melbourne.

1.3 The teams may include international or Australian researchers from outside the University and RHD students.

1.4 Both new and existing projects are eligible to receive funding.

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.

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 by 5.00pm (AEST) Thursday 2 May.

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

Australia-Indonesia grants

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, AU

These provide seed funding for innovative programmes and initiatives that strengthen people-to-people and institutional links between Australia and Indonesia. Grants are worth up to AUD 40,000 each.

Maximum award: AUD 40,000

Closing date: 21 March 2019 (recurring)

Visionary grants

American Psychological Association, US

These support research, education and intervention projects and programmes that use psychology to solve social problems. Grants are each worth up to USD 20,000 for one year.

Maximum award: USD 20,000

MERI close date Monday 25 March 2019 ahead of submission date of 01 April 2019. 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

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 MERI for review: 22 April 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:

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

Mahat, M.(2019). Being female in academia. In M. Mahat & J. Tatebe (Eds.). Achieving academic promotion. Bingley: Emerald

Mahat, M. & Tatebe, J. (2019). Demystifying the academic promotion process. In M. Mahat & J. Tatebe (Eds.). Achieving academic promotion. Bingley: Emerald.

Mahat, M. & Tatebe, J. (Eds.). (2019). Achieving academic promotion. Bingley: Emerald.