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Ethics Update

The MGSE HEAG committee continues to meet remotely to review ethics applications during the COVID 19 disruptions. During this time only approved projects that are completely online or desk-based research can proceed. The Victorian DET and Catholic Education offices are not approving any new projects.

If you have lodged a new ethics application or an ethics amendment in the last two weeks and have not had any feedback from MGSE-Ethics, please email Remember to include your ethics ID number in the subject line of your email.

Your queries will only be followed up if you send your email to

Now Open: ARC Schemes - Expression of Interest

Expression of Interest (EOI) for ARC schemes opening in the third and fourth quarter of the year are now available. If you are interested in applying for the current rounds please complete the EOI so that the MERI team can support you through the application process.

Survey for University educators and students

A new survey has been launched by researchers at MGSE focusing on the impact that the COVID-19 global pandemic is having on teaching and learning in Australia. The survey aims to capture educators’ and students’ perspectives when transitioning to online teaching and learning, and to record the opportunities, concerns and challenges they are experiencing during this time.

Take the 10 minute survey

Research Hub rebuild

A new, improved, publicly accessible research website is being developed and will launch this week.

The website aims to share the University's research globally, grow awareness of our precincts, collections and resources, and provide more opportunities for research collaborations, industry partnerships, graduate research and researcher recruitment, and funding.

Content that is intended for internal University staff will move from the current research website to the Research Gateway, and redirections will be put in place.

The new site will be intentionally written in plain language to appeal to a wider international audience, and will play a fundamental role in the University's research marketing campaigns, in collaboration with other channels such as Find an Expert, Pursuit and Newsroom.

To find out more visit Staff Hub, or email your query to

LabArchives electronic laboratory notebook

LabArchives is a University of Melbourne supported Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) which can be used by both student and staff researchers throughout the University, to record, manage and safely store all their research data.

It provides secure access to your research data across devices and locations, makes sharing and collaboration easy, and meets the University's privacy and security requirements. It also integrates with other systems such as Microsoft Office, GraphPad Prism and more. To learn more about LarArchives visit the website.

Intellectual Property and submitting your IP Disclosure

Date: Tuesday 12 or Friday 15 May

Select a date and time

Have you created intellectual property from your research that could be used to solve problems and generate real-world impact? Do you know what to do with your IP?

If you are new to IP and research translation or just want to learn more about this important area, please join this webinar which will explain everything from grant applications, agreements, research translation to career advancement.

Human Research Ethics Drop-in

Date: Wednesday 13 May
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Join meeting

Do you need a hand with your ethics application? Not quite sure how to tackle a particular problem?

Zoom in to chat with Tim Mattingsbrooke, Ethics Consultant at MERI, and Tricia Eadie, Acting HEAG Chair, about any concerns you have.

No need to RSVP, simply join via the link on the day.

Role of the Supervisor

Date: Thursday 21 May
Time: 9am - 10am


This seminar will provide opportunities to discuss what it means to be a GR Supervisor, their responsibilities, and how to act in the role effectively. The focus will be given to discussing effective supervision practices during the University response to COVID-19.

SCIP (Social and Cultural Informatics) Workshop

Date: Monday 25 May
Time: 1pm - 3pm


Kathryn Coleman and Amanda Belton of SCIP are teaming up with MERI to showcase all the support SCIP offers your Graduate Researchers! If your GR wants to dive deep into data with sophisticated digital methods, please forward the registration link to them. You're more than welcome to join us, too.

Role of the Advisory Chair

Date: Thursday 28 May
Time: 9am - 10am


This seminar will discuss the role and responsibilities of the Advisory Chair in graduate supervision, with updates on current GR policies and important information regarding COVID-19 and GRs. Perfect as a refresher for current Chairs, with insights also for those new to the role.

Engaged University e-Symposium

Date: Thursday 9 - Friday 12 June

Find out more

The Engaged University e-Symposium will provide a space for professional and academic staff to reflect and explore different levels and scales of engagement initiatives for research, teaching and community, and their impacts across the University of Melbourne.

The full program will be made available in late May.

Submissions are sought for presentations by academic and professional staff employed by the University of Melbourne or associated institutes and centres. Closing date for submissions is Wednesday 13 May.

ORCIDs and Researcher Profile Support

An Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) helps with the disambiguation of researchers and research outputs, enables linking and reuse of high quality, persistent data, and connect research activities. Funding bodies including the ARC are strongly encouraging applicants to create an ORCID.
On 17/11/16 the University of Melbourne Executive endorsed a compulsory ORCID for all University of Melbourne academic staff. It is important for all academics to:

  • Register for an ORCID, if they do not already have one.
  • Connect their ORCID to their Minerva Elements account.

A new ORCID Identifier printable guide has now been published.

Entering details on Find an Expert through Themis

Please read and follow the steps below on how you can provide details of any grants you have been awarded that are not recorded in the Themis Agreements module.

Specifically “How do I add a biography to my Find an Expert profile?”

A biography is one of the first things people will see when they view your profile in Find an Expert. To add a biography to Find an Expert:

  1. Login to Themis
  2. Go to UoM Research Self Service
  3. Select the Themis Researcher Profile option
  4. Select Public Staff Profile
  5. Select Biography Details
  6. Enter your biography into the Biography Text field
  7. In the Additional Grant Information field you can provide details of any grants you have been awarded that are not recorded in the Themis Agreements module. Information you enter here is published in the Projects section of your Find an Expert profile.
  8. Click Save

Please note that this information will take about a day to feed from Themis to Find an Expert.
For further support, please contact Themis Support on 834 40888/Option 3/Option 2.

Journal of Artistic and Creative Education

Deadline for submissions: Sunday 31 May, 5pm

Studios are inherently practice-oriented sites that evoke and invite intercultural, sociomaterial, technological and integrative connections. This edition invites authors to consider place, site and space in ways that contribute to artistic and creative education. We invite authors to submit a 4000 word (or equivalent) paper or creative submission. We also invite interested parties to register their interest as reviewers for this exciting special issue of JACE.

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Minivera Elements - updating publications

MGSE academic staff are encouraged to add their research outputs in the university publications system: Minerva Elements.

  • All continuing and fixed term staff are required to lodge their research outputs in the School Annual Research Output Collection
  • Casual Academic staff and research students are encouraged to lodge their research outputs
  • For all staff and students, it is essential to lodge the research outputs where they relate to funded research activities.

Annual Research Collection MERI is looking to deploy an improved process for the annual collection of publications at MGSE. Before the process is put into practice, an audit of publications accepted during 2019 across the following categories is required:

  • A1 Books - authored - research
  • B1 Chapters in research books
  • C1 Journal articles - refereed
  • F1 Conference publications - full written paper - refereed

Please send a list of your research outputs published from 1 January 2019 until today. The MERI team will check if they are already listed in Minerva Elements. These lists can be sent to

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 into the MGSE Submission Policy, and additionally allows MERI to provide the appropriate support for your application.

Key opportunities

Applications for the July 2020 intake of Live Projects now open

closes Friday 8 May

Live Projects is open to international students in the later stages of their undergraduate degree (3rd year and above) and all postgraduate and graduate research international students.

Please note: Live Projects is an unpaid, extra-curricular skills development opportunity.

Live Projects is a Study Melbourne (Victorian State Government) initiative that develops international students' professional skills. It offers international students the opportunity to take part in a three-week business consulting project in July with industry partners from government agencies, corporate businesses, start-ups and not-for-profits. During the program, participants will be guided by industry mentors and work towards a final project presentation.

Applications close on Friday 8 May. Please share this opportunity with interested students.

For more information or to apply visit the Live Projects page. For any queries contact

PhD Scholarship: Resilient Melbourne, Resilient Communities

In the face of growing climate, economic and social risks, fostering social cohesion within local communities and neighbourhoods is increasingly important.

Resilient Melbourne is exploring this challenge through partnerships with five development sites that are seeking to enhance community resilience through the built form and innovative models of social engagement.

Research undertaken through this scholarship will support Resilient Melbourne to understand resilience outcomes achieved, and what else might be possible, through the lens of these sites and beyond.

The scholarship has an APA rate of $31,200 pa (indexed), plus annual stipend top-up of $5,000, as well as access to standard fieldwork and conference support.

Expressions of interest can be lodged through this form.

For enquiries and further information please contact MSSI's Executive Officer Janine Campbell.

Find out more information on the Resilient Melbourne page.

Spencer Foundation Grants

Full proposal deadlines:  Monday 18 May and 8 June

The COVID-19 Related Research Grants support education research projects that will contribute to understanding the rapid shifts in education in this time of crisis and change: (i) educational inequality caused by the COVID-19 crisis; and (2) new forms of equitable education. Find out more on the Spencer Foundation website.

2021 McKenzie Fellowships Program

closes Thursday 21 May 5pm AEST

The Program aims to recruit new researchers who have the potential to build and lead interdisciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Starting at salary level A6, plus $25,000 project funds. Applicants must be able to commence no later than 30 June 2021.Expression of Interest

For more information visit the McKenzie Fellowship page.

Call for papers: ANAT SPECTRA 2020 Symposium

Submissions due Monday 1 June

Artists, scientists and researchers collaborating across disciplines are invited to submit paper proposals for the ANAT (Australian Network for Art and Technology) SPECTRA 2020 Symposium. ANAT SPECTRA is Australia's pre-eminent showcase of the best research and creative work being produced through interdisciplinary collaborations between artists and scientists today.

Presented by the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music in partnership with the Australian Network for Art and Technology, ANAT SPECTRA 2020 is a 3-day symposium with exhibitions, immersive screenings, performances and public talks from 30 September-4 October on the Faculty's Southbank campus.

The deadline for abstracts is 1 June, with notification of acceptance 15 July.
More information on submissions visit the ANAT SPECTRA 2020 Symposium page.

DECRA and Future Fellowship applications extended

closes Wednesday 25 November

The Australian Research Council has extended the application time frames for DECRA and Future Fellowship applications, to take into account the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. ARC DECRA 2022 applications are now Wednesday 25 November 2020. Find out more on the ARC website.

Funding Items

ARC Linkage Projects

If you are contemplating submitting an application in round 2 or 3, please notify MERI.

Linkage Projects 2020 Assessment Round 2

  • Submit review ready application to MERI: 29 June 2020
    Submit review ready application to RIC: 6 July 2020
    Request not to Assess due to RIC: 20 July 2020
    Request not to Assess Close: 22 July 2020
  • Final Application due to MERI: 22 July 2020
    Final Application due to RIC: 29 July 2020
    Final Applications due to ARC: 5 August 2020

Linkage Projects 2020 Assessment Round 3

  • Submit review ready application to MERI: 26 October 2020
    Submit review ready application to RIC: 2 November 2020
    Request not to Assess due to RIC: 15 November 2020
    Request not to Assess Close: 17 November 2020
  • Final Application due to MERI: 17 November 2020
    Final Application due to RIC: 24 November 2020
    Final Applications due to ARC: 1 December 2020

NCSEHE Student Equity in Higher Education Research Grants Program – 2020 Round

Applications close: 5pm Western standard time (United States),  Sunday 12 June

The NCSEHE invites proposals from high-quality researchers and equity practitioners to conduct policy-relevant research aimed at supporting and informing student equity in higher education.

Funding for several research projects is available through a competitive selection process. It is anticipated that the majority of grants will be for between A$30,000 and A$40,000, although other amounts may be considered. Grants will commence in August 2020 and should be completed within 12 months (no later than October 2021).

Australian-American Fulbright Commission, AU

closes Monday 6 July

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission invites applications for its professional scholarship in vocational education and training. Applications are open to employees within the vocational education and training sector as well as 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.

Scholarships include living, travel and dependent allowances, and health insurance worth up to AUD 100,000, for up to four months. Visit the Fulbright Australia page for further information.

The Ford Foundation - Challenging Inequality

Expressions of Interest are open on an ongoing basis

The Ford Foundation is a prestigious United States funder that has fellowship and project opportunities available in the broad thematic area of Challenging Inequality. Having a United States partner would improve the competitiveness of your application.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Applications are open on an ongoing basis

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has a grants database with fellowship and project opportunities that includes Higher Education in the Humanities, Arts and Cultural Heritage, Diversity, Scholarly Communications, and International Higher Education. Having a United States partner would improve the competitiveness of your application.

The Economic and Research Council

Applications are open on an ongoing basis

The Economic and Social Research Council has Calls for Proposals for a range of project ideas and specific grant opportunities. Having a United Kingdom partner would improve the competitiveness of your application.

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.