Supporting the achievement of our Faculty's Diversity and Inclusion goals
MDHS Diversity and Inclusion Grants support academic staff to undertake scholarly-based work that directly aligns with and contributes to the implementation of our Faculty’s Diversity and Inclusion goals in order to enhance our Faculty's culture of equity, diversity and inclusion.
Examples include but are not limited to: a research into the enablers and barriers for the career progression of staff with diverse personal attributes, experiences and backgrounds; or research into mitigating bias that can inform continuous improvements to our Faculty’s approach to assessing academic performance, including for promotion. These are only examples and applicants are encouraged to bring their own personal aspects and insights to their applications.
The Faculty of MDHS awards up to two grants each round. A second round of applications for the MDHS Diversity and Inclusion Grants will open on 29 October 2021, with funding to commence in early 2022.
Grants include a maximum award of up to $25,000 for salary and research-related expenses.
2021 Diversity and Inclusion Grants
Dr Marianne Coleman; Dr Flora Hui; A/Prof Kristin Diemer; Dr Gemma McKibbin; Dr Michelle Hall; Dr Belinda Lawford; Dr Kate Hayward; Dr Rebecca Jarden; Dr Elaina Kefalianos
This collaborative project from early-mid career academics aims to better identify and advocate for early-mid career academic issues. The project will use a participatory, systematic approach, that promotes inclusion of and maximises reach to EMCAs across the MDHS Faculty.
Dr Megan Sharp (CIA); Dr Barrie Shannon (PI); Dr Ruby Grant (PI)
This project aims to develop a better understanding of how students experience diversity and inclusion within the MDHS Faculty. The project will use innovative visual methods to address key research questions and will produce rich qualitative data to share the perception and story of MDHS students’ lived experiences.
Eligibility criteria, recognising scholars making a positive impact on the achievement of our Faculty's Diversity and Inclusion goals
Eligible staff include fixed-term, continuing (research contingent) and continuing academic staff in the Faculty
Staff must not already be employed, as part of their normal roles and responsibilities, to undertake scholarly-based work that is aligned with our Faculty’s Diversity and Inclusion goals and that contributes to the achievement of our Faculty’s Diversity and Inclusion targets
Selection criteria, guiding the values-based assessment of applications
In assessing applications for Grants, the Faculty's diverse and inclusive Selection Panel
Clarity of objectives and their alignment with our Faculty’s Strategy
Intended outcomes, including the capacity to develop new approaches, build on or re-examine existing understandings of diversity and inclusion, and contribute to the achievement of the Faculty’s Diversity and Inclusion targets
Opportunities for the work to demonstrate high-quality and impact, including to attract future funding
Opportunities for sustainable divisional, institutional or sector-wide adoption of new approaches and understandings of diversity and inclusion
The extent to which the proposed work would raise the visibility and profile of the Faculty in matters relating to diversity and inclusion (for example engaging with more than a small group of staff or a single School or Department)
Existing challenges or barriers preventing the work from otherwise being funded and completed
Apply for a Grant following these key dates and step-by-step instructions
- Friday 29 October 2021
- Wednesday 17 November 2021
- Thursday 9 December 2021
Notification of outcomes
Explore the grants website
Read the Grants website in detail, including the:
- Overview, including terms of the Grants and expectations of recipients
- Eligibility and selection criteria
Discuss the potential of your application with your supervisor, Head/Director, as well as with mentors and trusted colleagues
Prepare your application
Commence your online application form:
Draft your written application against the selection criteria on this website:
- Include a summary paragraph describing the reasons why you are seeking a grant (maximum 200 words)
- Include an overview of the proposed project, including alignment with the Faculty Strategy (maximum 500 words)
- Describe the intended outcomes of the project (maximum 500 words)
- Describe the opportunities the project may generate (maximum 300 words)
- Include a brief project budget and justification (maximum 200 words)
Attach optional supporting material:
- Maximum 5 A4 pages
- Clarify the reason for including supporting material in your written application
Submit your application
Complete and submit your application online:
- Submit your completed application online by 5.00pm on Wednesday 17 November 2021
- Note the online application form strictly enforces word limits, and page limits should be adhered to—additional pages will not be considered by the selection committee
- Note all applications are confidential
Conditions of award, including expectations of awardees
Up to two grants will be awarded each round, to a maximum of $25,000 per award.
Funding can be used to support salary and research-related expenses directly related to the research activity. Eligible expenses include: consumables, contribution towards salary of an existing RA/postdoc who as part of their overall duties is working directly on the research. Prior approval must be sought for equipment purchases.
Awards are available up to a maximum period of 12 months, nominally for the period 1 January 2022 to 1 January 2023.
The recipient is responsible for the project, for its concept, and for communication of the results. The strategic decisions called for in pursuit of the research, progress and research results must be shared with the Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion. Results of the research are intended to inform Faculty strategy.
Recipients are expected to provide appropriate acknowledgement of University support when communicating research outcomes.
Recipients are required to provide a written report using the template at the six month point, and also on completion of the grant. This report should provide information on the research achievements, publishable outcomes, and details of applications submitted to external funding bodies.