Research Grants: 2015 Funding Round

2015 Funding Round Projects

The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) has recently funded 12 research grant proposals for a total sum of $342,820. The successful applicants and their project titles are detailed in the table below.

Chief InvestigatorLead UniversityProject TitleReport URL
Sue KilpatrickUniversity of TasmaniaExploring the retention and performance of students with disability
Sarah RichardsonAustralian Council for Educational ResearchInvestigating the relationship between equity and graduate outcomes in Australia
Ian LiUniversity of Western AustraliaEmployment Outcomes of Disadvantaged University Students
Neal DreamsonQueensland University of TechnologyThe digital divide for Indigenous students in Learning Management Systems
Michele FlemingUniversity of CanberraBest practice in supporting Indigenous students with disability in higher education
Andrew HarveyLa Trobe UniversityAssessing descriptors of academic program inherent requirements
Les TerryUniversity of MelbourneA national review of the participation of people of refugee background in higher education
Penny Jane BurkeUniversity of NewcastleCapability, Belonging and Equity in Higher Education: Developing Inclusive Approaches
Chad HabelUniversity of AdelaideExploring the experience of low-SES students via enabling pathways
Ceridwen OwenUniversity of TasmaniaSupporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Higher Education
Nadine ZachariasDeakin UniversityMoving beyond “acts of faith”: effective scholarships for equity students
Mike KentCurtin UniversityAccess and Barriers to Online Education for People with Disabilities


Research Grants Selection Process
As advised in the Information to Applicants document (available below), the NCSEHE has established an Advisory Committee to assist with the research grants selection process. The Advisory Committee includes academics, senior managers and equity practitioners from a range of Australian universities.

Following the closing date, NCSEHE’s Advisory Committee evaluates all proposals against the grant round’s selection criteria. Proposals that don’t satisfy essential selection criterion are set aside. Successful applicants are notified in writing, and contract negotiations begin in March/April each year. Unsuccessful applicants are notified in writing shortly thereafter.




National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)
Curtin University
ABN 99 143 842 569


Student Equity in Higher Education Research Grants Program
Request for Research Proposals


The NCSEHE invites proposals from high quality researchers and equity practitioners to conduct policy-relevant research aimed at supporting and informing policy and practice on 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 up to $30,000, although other amounts may be considered. Grants will commence in early 2015 and must be completed within six months.

Instructions for applicants are available for download below, by telephoning Professor John Phillimore on +61 8 9266 2849 or by emailing

To be eligible, proposals must be submitted by 5pm Western Standard Time Friday 6 February 2015.

NCSEHE 2015 Grants Information to Applicants (157Kb)

NCSEHE 2015 Grants Proposal Template (60Kb)

NCSEHE 2015 Grants Proposal Template (87Kb)