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2019 Universitas 21 Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr Licho Lopez Lopez who was awarded the 2019 Universitas 21 Fellowship for Academic Staff to look at “Youth Out of Africa: Building Teaching Networks for Diasporic Communities”. She will be leading U21 universities, Lund University (Sweden), the University of British Columbia (Canada), Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile), and the University of Melbourne who will be investigating the urgent societal pressures posed by conditions of forced migration and the impact that it imprints on the lives of those who arrive to these countries and classrooms.

Expressions of Interest - HASS Indigenous PhD Familiarisation Program

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander planning on undertaking a PhD across the creative arts, humanities, social sciences, law, business, and education, we invite you to express interest in the University's PhD Familiarisation Program. The program will explore research project ideas, provide information about the opportunities and tailored and general support services available at the University, and connect you with academic mentors and other Indigenous students. Expressions of interest close Sunday 15 September.
More information:


There are many innovative and exciting projects going on, in and around the University and at times it's hard to get the initial funding needed to get them off the ground. That's where the University's crowdfunding platform, FUNDER@Melbourne, comes in! If you have an exciting project you'd like to share, you have the drive and willingness to promote it, and want to ask people to support it financially, the Advancement Office would love to hear from you. More information and registration:

Showcase of the new Unimelb Research website

The Research Hub Rebuild project held a showcase on 8 August outlining its approach to redeveloping the website. Approximately 40 stakeholders attended the showcase. The event featured reflections from key collaborators as well as exhibits on design, stakeholder engagement and the research marketing tools that have been created as part of the project. A key focus was research content that is suitable for non-specialists and can help drive research translation and impact, while upholding academic rigour. More information: Enquiries:

Update - Conference travel funding now open to professional staff

MGSE endeavours to support the maximum number of MGSE staff in communicating the breadth of our research to the widest possible audience, by making available conference funding support. The MGSE Strategic Plan 2016-2020 highlights MGSE’s focus on developing the calibre of our academic staff and ensuring that they are supported in their capacity to produce world-leading research. Accordingly, there will be a focus on providing enhanced opportunities to our talented cohorts of early and mid-career academics to showcase their research. This opportunity will also be available to professional staff (UOM7 and above) who are involved in research projects or specialist administrative support roles.

The process for allocating funding for conference travel will also be driven by academic supervisors and their discussions with academic staff focusing on quality and productivity, capacity building, and recognition in relation to research outputs and research excellence. It is expected that any conference travel and associated publications will form part of a documented publication plan for each individual academic.

For further information download the Conference Travel Policy or make a submission for funding.

New services for researchers: Find-A-Study

Find-A-Study is a platform to engage students and researchers on relevant studies, providing a standard platform for recruiting participants. When seeking participants for a study, post it on Find-A-Study to gain access to a large user base of applicants, with criteria-based matching and automatic notifications sent to potential candidates. Further details are available at the following Knowledge Base article.

Submission invitation to IJERPH

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) is currently running a special issue The Contributions of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing Literacy and Professor Lindsay Oades from the Centre for Positive Psychology will be the guest editor.

This special issue will focus on the:

  • Contribution of positive psychology to population health and wellbeing
  • Potential contribution of wellbeing literacy to understanding and enhancing population health and wellbeing.

IJERPH encourage the submission of papers that report on:

  1. The interaction of positive psychological factors (e.g., strengths, optimism, self-regulation) related to population health and/or wellbeing
  2. Contemporary views in wellbeing science that can be applied to populations
  3. Wellbeing literacy and other aspects of language use that influence aspects of population health
  4. New data or conceptualisatons of population health through a wellbeing or positive psychological lens.

If you are interested please submit submit a 350-word abstract by 1 December 2019 for consideration and feedback by the Guest Editors. Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be invited to submit a full manuscript. Subject to the decision of the Special Issue editors, up to five manuscripts accepted through this process will receive a waiver of the normal Journal publication fee. In addition, authors may submit their paper through the normal journal submission process and the usual journal processing fee of 1800 CHF will apply.

For more information, visit the special issue website.

The submission deadline is 30 June 2020. Manuscripts should be submitted through the online manuscript submission and editorial system at

Save the date - Creating Connections

Date: Wednesday 23 October
Time: 8.30am - 7pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 1, Parkville

Melbourne Education Research Institute (MERI) is hosting an all day event ‘Creating Connections’.

All staff and graduate researchers are invited to attend.  The event aims to showcase the diverse and high calibre research being undertaken within the School, facilitate opportunities for academic debate and dialogue, create professional development opportunities and to continue to build on a strong research culture.

Participants will gain insight into ethics, grants, publications and various other workshops that are planned for the day.There will be opportunities for graduates to undertake confirmation and completion seminars.

Further details and program to follow.

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.

Funding Items

Melbourne InnovatEd: seed funding applications open

Melbourne InnovatEd is a new incubation program for educational technology (edtech) innovations at the University. Open to staff, students and alumni of UoM, Melbourne InnovatEd is designed to incentivise, support and drive the creation and uptake of edtech innovations. Applications for the seed funding program from projects that address an identified problem related to teaching, learning and assessment applicable in the higher education domain are now open until 5.00pm, Wednesday 11 September. More information: Enquiries:

The Ford Foundation - Challenging Inequality

The Ford Foundation is open to new ideas and invite you to submit yours on their online form. They will review and contact you within 45 days. One of the areas they are focusing on is persistent prejudice and discrimination against women, people with disabilities and racial, ethnic and caste minorities.

Please contact MERI if you are interested in applying.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Fellowship

Applications close Wednesday 11 September

Experienced researchers of any nationality can enhance their qualifications and diversify their competences by conducting a research project at a host institution (universities, research institutions, companies or international organisations) in Germany (or another EU member state or Horizon 2020 associated country).

Who can apply?

Researchers who have:

  • Completed a doctorate or at least 4 years of full-time research experience after their graduation
  • Generally not resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline

Type and extent of funding Fellowship of 4,880 euros per month gross (depending on the host country), plus 600 euros mobility allowance and (if applicable) 500 euros family allowance. Host institutions receive funds for research and indirect costs.
Duration 12 to 24 months.

If you are interested please contact MERI grants.

Now open - Melbourne Research Fellowships (career interruptions)

Applications due 3.00pm, Thursday 12 September

The 2020 Melbourne Research Fellowships (Career Interruptions) Program is now open for applications. The program enables eligible researchers to enhance or re-establish their academic careers where they have been significantly interrupted, delayed or otherwise constrained by chronic illness, child-rearing or other caring duties. Successful applicants will receive $60 000 (on costs inclusive) for salary funding plus $20 000 for travel or research support, including small equipment purchases. For 2020 fellowships, the amount requested for salary must be matched 1:1 by the host faculty. To be eligible for this scheme, potential candidates must have completed a PhD degree in their field three to ten years prior to application.

MERI is required to rank applications for the Career Interruption Fellowship, and to arrange (i) MGSE co-investment of salary, and (ii) HoD certification (Fellowship funding rules clauses 4.3 and 7.1.1.).

To enable this, please notify Alex Burns, Senior Grants Officer your intent to submit by Friday 23 August.

Please provide a  PDF of your application  to MERI grants by COB Thursday 5 September, for MERI’s consideration.

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.

Australian-American Fulbright Commission, AU

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission invites applications for its professional scholarship in vocational education and training. This enables employees within the vocational education and training sector or training leaders in business and industry to undertake a short course or research programme in this field at a US institution. The scholarship may also be used for other forms of professional development, including visits to relevant organisations. The outcomes must benefit the wider vocational and training sector in Australia.

Teachers, managers, administrators and other employees of private and public registered training organisations may apply. People who are leading vocational education and training strategies within their business, and staff within universities that teach within the training and skills sector, are also eligible. Applicants must hold at least an undergraduate degree or equivalent, and be Australian citizens residing in Australia at the time of application. Applicants may not hold dual US-Australia citizenship or US permanent residency, and must be prepared to return to Australia for the two years following the programme.

Scholarships include living, travel and dependent allowances, and health insurance worth up to AUD 100,000, for up to four months.

Applications re-open February 2020 visit the Fulbright Australia page 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.