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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.

Encyclopaedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The editor is urgently seeking additional authors for the Encyclopaedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, there are multiple volumes (1, 10 and 16), one per goal and there is an 8 week submission deadline. Here is an example of an approved submission, if you can meet the deadline and one of the topics below appeal to you, please contact Professor Pinar Ozuyar for more information.

They are seeking writers for the following topics:

Community Development
Human development index
Anti-poverty initiatives
Historical aspects of eradication of poverty action
Pro-gender development strategies
Charity Work
GINI Index
Regenerative Economies
Teenage pregnancy
Poverty maps
Sharing Economy
Global Institutions working for the poor and vulnerable
Methodologies for Social Impact analysis of aid
Pro-poor Development Strategies
Relief Funding
Aid recipients
Criminal behaviour of the young in disadvated neighboorhoods
Developed country
Global gross domestic product
Globalisation versus Localisation
Household income
Life satisfaction
National poverty line
Perception of welfare
Poverty Assessment
Poverty Index
Prejudice against poor and vulnerable
Recovery following economic and social chaos
Shanty towns
Shelter Providers and Management
Social distance
Social fragmentation
Social protection systems
Social registry
Social security
Socio-economic status
Undernutrition and starvation
Welfare reform

Global Economic Change and inequality
Human Capabilities Approach
Public Policies and inequality
Global financial markets
Inequality of opportunity
International organizations that work on inequality
Political inclusion
Absolute inequality
Access to political representation by vulnerable communities
Acknowledging the perspectives of others
Body image related discrimination
Conflict regions
Corporate level policies on anti-discrimination
Discriminatory legislation
Economic Status related discrimination
Equal Resilience for global risks
Equality of membership
Fair debts management 
Fragile States and inequality
Global Social policy on inequality
Gross domestic production
Harrassment and bullying
Household expenditure
Income per capita
Institutional sexism
International human rights legislation
National organizations that work on inequality
Nations ranking in terms of inequality
Origin related discrimination
Political advantage
Political inequality
Political representation and recognition of weak countries 
Race related discrimination
Re-definition of basic rights
Religion related discrimination
Remittance corridors
Social polarization and ghettoization
Social protection transfers
Structural sexism
Systemic oppression
Tariff lines
Transaction costs of migrant remittances
Transparancy in anti-discrimination
Transperancy in access to basic rights data
UN Work on anti-discrimination
Wage policy

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Vocational training
Knowledge society
Consensus on science education
Dis-ability / all ability education
Internet based opportunities and Risks
School evaluation
Affordability of education
Pedagogical Training
Public / private education
Cultural diversity
Transformational competencies
Accredited / unaccredited education 
Centralised / decentralised education
Distorted education
Non-tradional Students
School entrance examination systems

New Technologies Impact on Conflicts
Psychological repression
Network Building
Peace education
Social movements
Capacity Development
Native Communities
Blood money
Conflict affected regions
Conflict bargaining and resolution
Conflicts of interests among institutions
Cross- and trans-institutional collaboration
Democracy in developed countries
Economic depraviation
Economic exclusion
Fair Elections
Global approaches to punishment
Housing discrimination
Illicit arms flows
Illicit financial flows
Immanent justice
informal institutional capacity
Informational justice
Non-aggression pacts
Non-discriminatory laws
Non-state armed groups
Opean government
Peace corps
Peace journalism
Political pluralism
Political trust
Political unrest
Protection of whistle blowers
Public access to information
Retributive justice
Right to protest
Secularity versus Fundementalism
Spatial segregation
Transformative outcome
Transparent government
Transparent institutions

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.

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.