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HERDSA Grants Scheme: Congratulations to the following applicants

HERDSA would like to congratulate successful grant applicants for the recent round of applications to the HERDSA Grants Scheme. HERDSA offers grants to HERDSA members to fund research and/or development projects on teaching and learning in higher education that directly align to the mission of HERDSA.

Four (4) grants of up to AUD$5000 each were available.

The following grants were approved by the HERDSA Executive at its meeting of 24 March 2020.

1.  Dr Lukasz Swiatek, University of NSW;  Jennifer Coburn, The Cairnmillar Institute, Victoria;  Dr AnnaMaria Ducasse, RMIT University, Victoria; Professor Maria Northcote, Avondale University College, NSW; Dr Lee Partridge, University of Notre Dame WA; Dr Nirma Samarawickrema, Monash University, Victoria. 
Project Title:  What happens next? Novel approaches for extending professional recognition schemes: Building critical reflective practice in the post-award phase

2. Dr Ursula Edgington, Independent Scholar, New Zealand; Dr Lukasz Swiatek, University of NSW; Dr Jason Harding, Griffith University, QLD 
Project Title: A qualitative inquiry into interpretations of culturally-sensitive pedagogy from the narratives of award-winning tertiary teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia.

3. Dr Thomas Wanner, The University of Adelaide, SA; Associate Professor Edward Palmer, The University of Adelaide, SA 
Project Title:  Personalising Student Experience and Learning through Personal Learning Plans: Understanding student approaches to learning.

4. Associate Professor Erik Brogt, University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Dr Julie Timmermans,  University of Otago, New Zealand;
Project Title:  Core competencies, threshold concepts, big questions, and academic developers’ lived experiences: the emergence of an academic development curriculum?


The call for HERDSA Grant applications is made in November/December. Applications closed at the end of February. Projects have one year to be completed. Project final reports will be due by the end of April next year. Project grant holders are expected to present their findings at the next HERDSA Conference July 2021, following completion of the project.

Thank you to all HERDSA members for submitting grant applications.

HERDSA offers grants to HERDSA members to fund research and/or development projects on teaching and learning in higher education that directly align to the mission of HERDSA.   Four (4) grants of AUD$5000 each are available. Priority for one grant will be given to applicants identifying as Indigenous/First Nations (e.g. Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori or Pacific Nations).

The call for HERDSA Grant applications will be made in November/December. Applications will close at the end of February. Successful applicants will be informed at the end of April. Grant applicants have one year for projects to be undertaken and completed. Grant final reports are due the following April. Dissemination of project outcomes occur, e.g. presentation at the annual HERDSA conference in July and publication in, e.g. HERDSA Connect, RDHE or the HERD journal.



  • The grant recipient must have been a financial member of HERDSA for at least two (2) years prior to applying for funding and remain a financial member for the duration of the project. Other members listed on the application (if any) must be financial members of HERDSA.

Indigenous/First Nations (e.g. Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori or Pacific Nations) engagement is encouraged either by a project that is focused on Indigenous/First nations’ issues and/or the applicant identifies as Indigenous/First nations.

1. All named members must be paid up financial members at the time of submission.

2. As the Final Report will be published under the auspices of HERDSA, only paid up financial members should be included in the Report. (Hence the implication is that other members of the research project team, regardless of when they became members are still paid up financial members and would need to renew membership in 12 months in order that they are included in the Final Report).


Grant expectations

  • Projects should normally be completed within twelve (12) months of the award of project funds but may under special circumstances be extended for an additional six (6) months with written approval from the HERDSA Executive.
  • A project report must be submitted to the HERDSA Executive within two months of the conclusion of the project. The report will be made publicly available on the HERDSA website. (See Grant Report Template)
  • The project outcomes are presented (at least once) at a HERDSA conference, and within 12 months of completing the project.
  • Publication of the outcomes of the completed project will be made in one of the HERDSA publications (e.g. HERDSA Connect, RDHE) with the submission of a full paper to the HERD journal strongly encouraged. 


Grant funds guide

In general, grant funds may be used for:

  • Salaries e.g. a project assistant, student as partner
  • Travel and accommodation e.g. to project partners (economy travel)
  • Minor operating expenses e.g. administration, communication, minor printing costs
  • Catering

Grant funds may NOT be used for:

  • Purchasing equipment or technology.
  • Software purchase is not recommended but a justification may be considered. 
  • Printing cost unless integral to the project
  • Conference travel or registration

A justification for the budget should be provided in the application.


Grant application assessment process

  • Grant applications should be made on the HERDSA Grant Application Form and submitted to the HERDSA office within the advertised timeframe. 
  • All questions related to the project application and submission should be directed to the HERDSA office (office@hersda.org.com.au).
  • Applications will be blind reviewed by three reviewers who will comment and make recommendations to support or not to support the application for funding. 
  • Applicants may be requested to modify the application as a result of reviewer feedback and comments. If considered necessary, the application will be returned to the reviewers for further comment and final recommendation. 
  • The HERDSA Executive makes the final decision on successful grants.
  • The applicant will be advised of the outcome in writing.  Grant recipients must confirm their ability to undertake the project as approved.
  • Successful grant recipients will be announced at the annual HERDSA conference (June/July) and listed on the HERDSA website.


Application forms & templates

HERDSA Grant Application Form.docx (775 KB)

HERDSA Grant Review and Assessment Procedure.pdf (523 KB)

HERDSA Grant Report Template.docx (783 KB)


Inability to complete the project

  • In the event the grant recipient is unable to complete the project as approved, they must contact the HERDSA office immediately. Consideration on other ways the grant outcomes might be achieved may be discussed. 
  • In the event the project cannot be progressed, remaining funds must be returned to HERDSA with a statement of acquittal of funds.


Timeline 2019- 2020

HERDSA Grants Scheme


Announcement: Call for Grant Proposals (HERDSA List)


Closing Date for Grant Proposals

End February

Review of Grant Proposals

March- April

Results of Grant applications: Grant applicants informed of outcome

End April

Announcement of Grant Winners:

Successful grant recipients will be announced at the annual HERDSA conference (June/July) and listed on the HERDSA website.


Final project report completed using the HERDSA Grant Report Template

End April, 1 year following the award of the grant

Dissemination of findings, e.g. Presentation at HERDSA conference and/or publication in HERDSA Connect, RDHE, HERD journal