Research Grants: 2017 Funding Round

2017 Funding Round Projects

The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education will fund 13 research projects led by 10 Australian universities under the 2017 Research Grants Program.

The successful projects are detailed below.

Chief InvestigatorLead UniversityProject Title
Ian LiThe University of Western AustraliaEmployment and study outcomes after graduation: An Australian higher education equity perspective.
Lisa HartleyCurtin UniversityPeople seeking asylum: Access and support in higher education
Robin BarnesUniversity of TasmaniaRegional communities’ influences on equity participation in higher education
Bernadette Walker-GibbsDeakin UniversitySuccess and failure in higher education on uneven playing fields
Jenny Gore The University of Newcastle Community influence on university aspirations: Does it take a village…?
Sarah O’SheaUniversity of Wollongong Shifts in space and self: Moving from community to university
Wojtek TomaszewskiThe University of QueenslandBeyond graduation: Long term socioeconomic outcomes amongst equity students
Ryan NaylorLa Trobe UniversityStructural inequality and retention in equity students: Best practice models of institutional culture from across the sector
Andrew HarveyLa Trobe University Designing equitable principles for performance based funding
Matt BrettLa Trobe UniversityEquity at and beyond the boundary of Australian universities
Fiona ShalleyCharles Darwin UniversityUnderstanding completion rates of Indigenous higher education students from two regional universities
Deanna Grant-SmithQueensland University of TechnologyWidening participation or widening the gap? Equity in postgraduate study
Natalie LloydUniversity of Technology SydneyAccess, quality and wellbeing in engineering Work Integrated Learning placements: Implications for equity and diversity

More detailed information is available here.

Research Grants Selection Process

As advised in the Information to Applicants document (available below), the NCSEHE has in place 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. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified in writing as soon as selections are finalised.


Student Equity in Higher Education Research Grants Program
2017 Funding Round
Request for Research Proposals

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

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 between $30,000 and $40,000, although other amounts may be considered. Grants will commence in September 2017 and must be completed within 12 months (closing October 2018).


Instructions for applicants can be obtained from the NCSEHE website in the PDF instruction documents found below or by contacting Professor John Phillimore on +61 8 9266 2849 or via email

Proposals must be submitted by 5pm Western Standard Time on Friday 21 July 2017.

NCSEHE Grants 2017 Information to Applicants (334Kb)

NCSEHE Grants 2017 Program Proposal Template (242Kb)

NCSEHE Grants 2017 Program Proposal Template – Word version