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Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018)

On 1 July 2019, institutions across the country will adopt the Australian Code of the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018 (the Code) to promote greater consistency within the research sector.

Developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia, the new Code replaces the 2007 version and details eight principles (honesty, rigour, transparency, fairness, respect, recognition, accountability and promotion), 29 responsibilities and a revised definition of ‘research misconduct’.

The Code has been written for everyone involved in research and all staff are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the broad principles that characterise an honest, ethical and conscientious research culture.

Staff seeking research integrity and misconduct advice are encouraged to contact a Research Integrity Advisor (RIAs). RIAs are located throughout all academic divisions and are ready to provide support to any member of the University community.

Amy McKernan
Shiralee Poed

For more information on the Code please contact the Office of Research Ethics and Integrity.

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.

Survey - Professional Learning Needs

The Centre for Program Evaluation is developing a framework that will help school leaders and teachers make decisions about professional learning needs, in relation to improving teaching practice. To ensure the framework is relevant and useful, education professionals (particularly school-based teachers and leaders) are warmly invited to share their views in an online survey.

The Delphi technique is used, where one survey is delivered several times for the purposes of ensuring that findings capture views from different educational contexts in Australia, and ascertaining where there are shared and divergent perspectives. Each survey should take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete, and it is anticipated that there will be two surveys in total to complete over the next six weeks.

Please feel free to distribute this survey link within your organisation(s) and networks. The survey will close on Thursday 27 June.

Additional engagement opportunities to provide input will also be offered through a series of workshops facilitated by the Centre for Program Evaluation in the months of June-July 2019. Questions or expressions of interest are welcome: please contact our project team here.

This study has been commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

Now Open - University of Melbourne - University of Manchester Research Fund

The UoM and the University of Manchester have established a research fund to deepen and extend collaborative research links between the universities.

Grants will be awarded for collaborative research projects that may include, but are not limited to, symposia, workshops and researcher exchanges.

Collaborations supported under this scheme should lead to external funding proposals that will support the next phase of research. Target areas should be of mutual interest to both institutions. The scheme expects to award up to ten grants: up to $10 000 per project for the Melbourne collaborator and $5000 for the Manchester collaborator for a funding period of one year. Each institution will fund its researchers' participation.

Closing date: Friday 28 June. More information:

Call for applications
MERI Research Seed Funding Scheme for Grant Development Round 1 2019

Applications for MERI Research Seed Funding Scheme for Grant Development Round 1, 2019 are now open.  Access the guidelines here.

Applications for this funding can be located via Smartygrants and will close at midnight on Sunday 30 June. Late applications will not be accepted.

Proposals with budgets up to $6,000 will be considered and justification will be required for the expenses.

These funds are to be used to facilitate pilot research and/or research activities that will increase the competitiveness of a larger funding application and future funding submissions.

Awards are for twelve months and are only available for the 2019-2020 period. Any request for carry-over of funds must be made in writing to MERI. Please note extension is not guaranteed.

For any queries contact

Call for submissions
Shaping the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is seeking submissions from local government, business, NGOs and other individuals and groups on the scope and proramming Foundation. The closing date for submissions is Sunday 30 June 5pm. Submissions may wish to address the following questions:

  • What additional activities would aid in promoting practical cooperation with China?
  • What events would you propose that would enhance leadership exchange?
  • What activities could help to showcase the best of Australia?
  • How might the Foundation best engage the Chinese-Australian community?

Submissions should be no longer than three pages, submitted in PDF format. Submissions should be directed to

Download the Consultation Paper for more information visit the DFAT page.

Video Abstract Awards grants scheme

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education is offering a Video Abstract Awards grants scheme. This is specifically aimed to assist researchers to create a 3-5 minute video to promote their abstract of a high impact journal article. Successful applicants will take part in a workshop on how to create a storyboard for an engaging 3-5-minute video abstract. They will then be supported by a professional videographer to film their video abstracts.

Access the guidelines and more information about this award via the guidelines document.

Applications for this funding can be located via Smartygrants

Applications will close Wednesday 3 July. Late applications will not be accepted.
Should you have any queries, please contact

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 Applications: MGSE Thesis to Pubs Awards 2019

The MGSE Thesis to Pubs Awards grants scheme is specifically aimed to assist Graduate Researchers (PhD and DEd) to write journal articles on the basis of their doctorate thesis, with at least one article in collaboration with one or more of their supervisor(s) (principal or co-supervisors).

The funding is available for individuals to be employed at MGSE as a casual Research Assistant, Level A6 for 200 hours (for a period equivalent to 1 month fulltime) within a time period of a 3 month block upon commencement of the casual contract. The funding is exclusively to support writing of journal articles.

Applications for this Award can be located via Smartygrants.

Applications will close at midnight on Sunday 7 July. Late applications will not be accepted.

Should you have any queries, please contact

Now Open - 2020 McKenzie Fellowships

The McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships Program has been established to attract outstanding recent doctoral graduates to the University from around the world.

The Program aims to recruit new researchers who have the potential to build and lead interdisciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across Academic Divisions. The University will fund a three-year appointment commencing at Level A.6 in the University salary band ($91,125) plus superannuation. Fellowships will commence between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2020. Fellows will receive additional project funding up to $25,000 to be spent over the term of their Fellowship. Prospective applicants must discuss their interest in the program with the relevant faculty at the UoM, prior to submitting their application. Eligibility Exemption requests due Thursday 4 July. Applications due Tuesday 20 August. Faculty expression of interest processes may also apply.

Contact Kim Turner for any enquiries about the fellowship:

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 15 and Thursday 16 October
Location: 234 Queensberry Street, Carlton, Kwong Lee Dow Building

Following on from the success of the inaugural 2016 Research Week, MGSE is hosting the ‘Research Showcase’ over two days in October. Over these two days there will be presentations, workshops, panel sessions (divided into four relevant streams) and plenty of networking opportunities. We look forward to your participation.
More details to follow.

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

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.