Research Grants: 2016 Funding Round

2016 Funding Round Projects

The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) has recently funded 10 research grant proposals for a total sum of $360,307. The successful applicants and their project titles are detailed in the table below.

Chief InvestigatorLead UniversityProject TitleReport URL
Rob StrathdeeRMIT UniversityAccess to higher education: Does distance impact students' intentions to attend university?
Ian LiThe University of Western AustraliaUniversity Experience for Disadvantaged Students and Influence on Academic Outcomes
Jack FrawleyCharles Darwin UniversityRippling stories of success: Indigenous students' positive higher education experiences
James SmithCharles Darwin UniversityIdentifying strategies for improving VET to HE transitions for Indigenous learners
Buly CardakLa Trobe UniversityFactors influencing participation and migration of regional higher education students
Susan BeltmanCurtin UniversityMentoring Programs and Equity Groups: The Australian Story
Penny Jane BurkeThe University of Newcastle AustraliaIt's About Time: working towards more equitable understandings of the impact of time for students in higher education
Deanna Grant-SmithQueensland University of TechnologyWiL Wellbeing: Exploring the impacts of unpaid practicum on student wellbeing
Wojtek TomaszewskiThe University of QueenslandIdentifying school engagement practices facilitating university participation of equity students
Karen NelsonUniversity of the Sunshine CoastUnderstanding the completion patterns of equity students in regional universities


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. 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 between $30,000 and $40,000, although other amounts may be considered. Grants will commence in early 2016 and must be completed within the calendar year.

Instructions for applicants are available for download 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 19 February 2016.

NCSEHE Grants 2016 Information to Applicants (173Kb)

NCSEHE Proposal Template 2016 (86Kb)

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