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Melbourne Indonesia Research Partnership Program

Congratulations to Dr Anne Suryani who has been awarded a Melbourne-Indonesia Research Partnership Program (MIRPP) grant to investigate Indonesian pre-service teachers’ experiences and perceptions of religious in/tolerance and their motivations to promote religious tolerance in schools.

The MIRPP grant will further strengthen her collaboration with the University of Surabaya researchers which was previously funded by the Indonesia Democracy Hallmark Research Initiative.

This large-scale study will set the foundations for preparing Indonesian pre-service teachers in adopting tolerance in their professional practice.

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.

Graduate Research Supervisor workshop

Date: Friday 21 February
Time: 8.45am - 3.30pm 
Venue: Room 356, Arts West North Wing, Parkville

Registration is now open for the Graduate Research Supervisor workshop. This workshop provides updates and information on the key responsibilities of academic supervisors. All supervisors of graduate researchers are required to complete training in order to become registered as a supervisor. Academic supervisors must also complete a refresher of the training every five years.

Research Gateway

The Research Gateway provides digital access to research support services and resources and is available to all academic and honorary staff, graduate researchers and professional staff.

Services, resources and service providers have been collated in the gateway making it easier to connect to research support online, by phone, chat or email.

For any queries the friendly Research Helpline team assists researchers and research support staff with research related queries and requests.
Phone 834 40999
Office hours are Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm or request a call-back if phoning outside of core hours.

Find out more: Research Gateway

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

Fifth issue of the annual Policy Pedagogical Thought journal

The journal 'Polska Myśl Pedagogiczna [Polish Pedagogical Thought]' is devoted to theories and concepts of education developed by Polish pedagogues and philosophers. All issues of the journal can be found on their website.

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

Future Fellowship FT20 for MERI and RIC

Applications for ARC Future Fellowships for funding commencing in 2020 are now open in the ARC’s Research Management System.

The ARC has advised that the following competitive grant schemes will be open – MGSE and RIC submission dates are to be advised:

For further information, please contact:

Alex Burns (Senior Research Officer): 03 9035 8871.

Funding Items

Now open - 2021 ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

Applications are now open for the ARC DECRA for funding commencing in 2021. This award provides focused research support for early career researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions.

Candidates must at the closing date of submission have been awarded a PhD on or after 1 March 2015, or have eligible, certifiable career interruptions. Up to 200 fellowships are awarded each year, with a per annum salary contribution of up to $104,316 for three years, as well as up to $50,000 of non-salary funding per year. Funding commences on 1 January 2021.

ARC Discovery applications:

  • MGSE Draft Deadline: Tuesday 21st January 2020
  • RIC Review Ready Deadline: Tuesday to Thursday, 28-30 January 2020
  • MGSE Final Application deadline: Thursday 13 February 2020
  • RIC Final Application deadline: Thursday 20 February 2020
  • Final Applications due to ARC: Wednesday 26 February 2020

ARC DECRA dates are:

  • MGSE Draft Deadline: Monday 10 February 2020
  • Review Ready for RIC Deadline: Monday 17 February to Wednesday 19 February 2020
  • Final Application Due to MGSE: Friday 28 February 2020
  • Final Application Due to RIC: Friday 6 March 2020
  • Final Application due to ARC: Thursday 12 March 2020

Instructions to Applicants and FAQs: Now available at Grant Connect or RIC DECRA website.
Please contact Alex Burns if you are interested in applying.

Australian European University Institute fellowships

Applications close Monday 24 February

These fellowships enable applicants to carry out research at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. One visiting scholar fellowship of one month, one three-month postgraduate fellowship worth AUD 7,000, and one six-month postdoctoral fellowship worth AUD 12,000 are available. All fellowships cover EUI fees.

For more information visit the Fellowships at the European University Institute website.

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.

Australian-American Fulbright Commission, AU

Applications open from 3 February - 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. 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.

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

This year the Social & Cultural Informatics Platform (SCIP) has welcomed two new academic staff, both Data Scientists to Arts and Education. Amanda Belton is here at MGSE and Dr Trent Ryan is based in the Digital Studio, Faculty of Arts.

This coming month SCIP is hosting digital data workshops in:

Amanda is here to co-design and consult on new digital data generation and develop new digital research initiatives in education.

Kate Coleman is also happy to fill you in on SCIP news and digital HASS highlights if you have any questions. Kate and Amanda are on Level 7 in 100 Leicester St.


Calma A., Davies M., Critical thinking in business education: Current outlook and future prospects (2020), Studies in Higher Education.