HERDSA Grants Scheme

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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.   Up to six (6) 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 2022. Applications will close at the end of February 2022. Successful applicants will be informed at the end of April 2023. Grant applicants have one year for projects to be undertaken and completed. Grant final reports are due the following April 2024. Dissemination of project outcomes occur, e.g. presentation at the annual HERDSA conference in July and publication in, e.g. HERDSA Connect, ASRHE or the HERD journal.


  • The grant recipient must have been a current financial member of HERDSA for at least two (2) consecutive 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 current paid up financial members of HERDSA
  • As the Final Report will be published under the auspices of HERDSA, only current paid up financial members should be included in the Report. Other members of the research project team, regardless of when they became members are required to be current paid up financial members and would need to renew membership in 12 months in order that they are included in the Final Report.
  • 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.

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 a 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.  A  PDF and WORD document is required.
  • All questions related to the project application and submission should be directed to the HERDSA office.  (office@herdsa.org.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 in June 2022 and listed on the HERDSA website.


Application forms and 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 2022- 2023

HERDSA Grants Scheme


Announcement: Call for Grant Proposals (HERDSA List)


Closing Date for Grant Proposals

28 February 2023

Review of Grant Proposals

March- April

Results of Grant applications: Grant applicants informed of outcome

End May

Announcement of Grant Winners:

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


Final project report completed using the HERDSA Grant Report Template

30th May, 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