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Understanding School Research Engagement

Date: Thursday 30 May
Time: 10am-11.30am
Venue: TBC

Contact Bella Blaher to register your interest. Bella will update interested parties about the venue details.

MGSE Staff and Graduate research students have an opportunity to attend a 90-minute workshop on Understanding School Research Engagement.

Hundreds of academic research projects are conducted in schools each year, but little is known about the experiences of schools as participants and occasionally partners. Similarly, schools are encouraged to engage with research findings and be ‘evidence-informed’, but if and how this occurs is not well understood.

The Understanding School Research Engagement session will be conducted by Shani Prendergast, Senior Research Analyst at Catholic Education Melbourne. In this session, Shani will share:

  • Feedback from schools about their participation in academic research projects, and their engagement with research evidence (gathered through the Understanding School Engagement in and with Research study).
  • A new resource that encourages more meaningful and engaging research in schools – The Insiders’ Guide: Helping researchers and schools get the most out of working together.
  • How jurisdictions (including CEM) review research in schools applications from academic researchers, including tips for a smooth process and successful outcome.

This session is ideal for researchers, GR students, supervisors and research staff (both academic and professional). There will also be time for questions.

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 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:

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:

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

Please save this date in your calendars for Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 October for the Research Showcase, more information to come.

Research Hub Rebuild

The Research Hub Rebuild project is redeveloping the current research website ( to make it easier for visitors and external partners to clearly understand our research offer, value proposition and how to work with the University.

The new Research website will provide an open door via a phone or computer to the University's complete research offer (e.g. capabilities and resources, including platforms, Melbourne Interdisciplinary Research Institutes and Hallmark Initiatives). It will provide easy access to information that meets the needs of our external customers and strengthens collaboration with external partners.

The website will be delivered during the fourth quarter of 2019 for several external audiences.

To get involved or to learn more, please visit

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:

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.

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.

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

The Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme

Open until 13 June

The Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme is a joint initiative of Universities Australia (UA) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The scheme supports exchanges for researchers to spend time at partner institutions in Germany and for collaborating German researchers to spend time at the University of Melbourne. Proposals must include an early career researcher.

Although UA coordinates the scheme in Australia, awards are funded by the participating universities with DAAD in Germany funding the corresponding German activity. This scheme is classified as an internal grant.

Universities Australia maintains a webpage on this scheme:

German applicants should consult the DAAD website:

More information on submission:

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

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.