2019 Research Grants open

2019 Research Grants open

In 2019 ACEN is offering funding for three Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants up to $10,000 each and two grants of $5,000 for Early Career Researchers.*

“An ECR is an emerging researcher who is at an early stage of their academic career. Researchers may be eligible to apply if they have been awarded a PhD within 8 years. The award is open to both academic and professional staff.

Applications are invited on topics related to one of the following themes identified through National WIL Strategy and the 2018 ACEN National Research Symposium.

  • Innovative and scalable WIL models
  • WIL and global mobility
  • Leadership in WIL
  • Digital technology enabling WIL
  • Building learner agency and professional identity through WIL
  • WIL practices supporting diverse learners

Scheme Objectives

The grants are intended to:

  • build the capacity of ACEN members including early career researchers and higher degree research students to undertake research into WIL
  • promote and support scholarship in WIL
  • develop effective mechanisms for identifying, developing, disseminating and embedding research-based practice in WIL programs\
  • leverage opportunities for collaboration in WIL research and the sharing of WIL resources.

Funding and Reporting Requirements

These research grants are valued at a maximum of $10,000 plus GST for each full Research Grant and $5,000 plus GST for ECR grants. The projects should be completed within a twelve-month period. Funding will be paid at the commencement of the project on provision of an invoice from the institution. Any unspent funds must be returned to ACEN at the end of the project.
At the conclusion of the project successful applicants will be required to complete a project report which will be published to the ACEN website and to submit a statutory declaration detailing how funds were spent.

  • The grants are available to professional or academic staff of institutions with ACEN Full Institutional Membership.
  • The grants are not available to members of the ACEN Board.
  • Applications that include industry or community organization partners are encouraged.

Application Requirements

The application must be provided as a Word document and not exceed five pages and may be addressed to the ‘ACEN Research Chair’.
Areas that must be addressed in the application are:

  1. Whether you are applying for a full Research Grant of $10,000 or an Early Career Researchers Grant of $5,000
  2. Title of Project
  3. Identification of the relevant theme to the project (see above)
  4. Brief description of project for communication to WIL Community (around 50 words)
  5. Project Lead/s contact details and short relevant bio (100 words max)
  6. Names of other people, institutions and organisations (if applicable) involved in the project
  7. How the project is consistent with vision, mission and aims of ACEN and how it will build on existing research and scholarship in work integrated learning
  8. Aims of the project
  9. Expected Outcomes
  10. Research methodology
  11. Impact of the project and significance to higher education (for example: expected impact on stakeholders, future practice and policy)
  12. Dissemination plan
  13. Overview of project phases and timeline
  14. Project budget
  15. If projects involve creating a website, the project must make clear how the website is to be maintained for up to five years.

Examples of allowable budget expenses include personnel plus on-costs (clerical support, student assistance, etc.), postage, printing, photocopying, travel for conference presentation, telephone and fax costs, and office supplies. Items must be directly related to achieving the research project.

Examples of non-allowable budget expenses include salary for the applicant, indirect institutional expenses, institutional overheads, permanent equipment and capital purchases.

A letter of endorsement from the first named project lead’s line manager must accompany the application. This endorsement indicates support for the project and a willingness to provide time for the project to be undertaken. The letter of endorsement should be attached to the same email as the application.

It is the responsibility of the Project Lead to:

  • arrange ethics approval
  • involve other ACEN members in the process, especially early career researchers, where possible\
  • meet negotiated timelines and ACEN reporting deadlines
  • present on findings at an ACEN event including webinars
  • leverage dissemination opportunities to share good practice including a refereed publication
  • ensure that any resources developed through the project are designed with a view that these are made available for use by the ACEN community and where appropriate a Creative Commons License such as Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International is applied to these resources
  • any publications and resources developed through the project should acknowledge the contribution of ACEN to the project
  • provide details of the refereed publication (when available) to ACEN National Board for dissemination.

Selection Process

The project proposals will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • significance to one or more of the research grant themes
  • quality of the design
  • potential impact and transferability of project outcomes
  • capacity of the project to deliver proposed outcomes
  • involvement of early career researchers (this will be viewed favourably for projects applying for full research grants)

Closing date

Applications must be sent to admin@acen.edu.au by 5pm AEST on Thursday May 2, 2019



Information session

An information session on the research grants will be held via Zoom 12.00-1.00pm on Thursday 4 April, 2019 AEDT. We’ll send you details just prior.

PACE Manager – Macquarie

PACE Manager – Macquarie

The PACE program at Macquarie University is seeking a Faculty PACE Manager for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The successful applicant will lead a small administrative team in managing and supporting students, partners, and Unit Convenors in the operational implementation and maintenance of the PACE initiative. 

For more information please go to: http://jobs.mq.edu.au/cw/en/job/505589/faculty-pace-manager-science-and-engineering

International entrepreneurship research project

International entrepreneurship research project

Curtin University is currently collecting data for the Global University Entrepreneurship Spirit Students’ Survey (GUESSS). The study is one of the largest entrepreneurship research projects in the world and the 2019 Australian data collection phase ends on 31 March 2019. GUESSS researches the ways students are exposed to entrepreneurial events, experiences and knowledge while studying at university and how these shaped their intentions to establish or enter into entrepreneurial ventures. In 2016, 50 countries participated in GUESSS leading to a dataset with more than 122,000 completed student responses from more than 1000 universities. Students completing the Australian survey go into a draw for a chance to win a $2000 cash prize. To get your students to participate in the study, please circulate the following message:

Dear student

We want to hear how your experience at an Australian university may have impacted on your intention to start your own business.

We’re inviting you to complete the Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Student Survey (GUESSS) and share your thoughts with us. It should only take you around 40 minutes.  Hurry, you have until 31 March 2019 to do so.

If you complete the survey, you will go into the draw for a chance to win a $2000* cash prize!

2019 ACEN student scholarships

2019 ACEN student scholarships

Eight scholarships of $1,500 provide financial support for students undertaking a WIL placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their 2019/2020 university studies.

Applications close on April 30, 2019

Criteria for applicants

The 2019 ACEN Scholarship applicants:

  • Must be from institutions that are financial members of ACEN. (See http://acen.edu.au/list-of-financial-institutions/ for a list of current financial institutions.)
  • Must be studying a postgraduate or undergraduate degree program which requires a WIL placement as a part of their studies, either as a subject or a requirement of the degree
  • Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply.

The WIL placement must be:

  • Undertaken and completed between 1st June 2019 and 30th May 2020
  • Must be 3 weeks or greater duration
  • Undertaken in Australia within an inner regional, outer regional, remote or very remote location which requires relocation. Regional and Remote locations ASGS Remoteness Area (2016) RA2- RA5)  are noted on the map: http://doctorconnect.gov.au/internet/otd/publishing.nsf/Content/locator
  • Fulltime (4-5 days per week, for a minimum of three weeks duration)

Two-stage submission process

Stage 1: Students complete an online application form (applications close on April 30, 2019).

Stage 2: Short-listed applicants will be invited to submit a 1,000 word account which addresses specific criteria:

  • Evidence of reflection on work-based context and skill development
  • How the WIL placement will support and enhance development of employability
  • Highlight the focus of personal skill development during placement
  • Evidence of clear and concise communication skills.

Applicants will also be required to submit

  • A copy of their most recent academic transcript.
  • A written statement from an institutional representative supporting the application.
  • Evidence that the WIL placement is a requirement of the dgree.

Stage 1 Marking Rubric

Levels of Attainment
Assessment Attributes Poor Good Excellent Exceptional
Address personal aspirations Not addressed or personal aspirations not addressed clearly just reiterating background information or expecting marker to make the link. Ok, personal aspirations mentioned Personal aspirations addressed with links to the other areas – professional skills or placement Personal aspirations addressed with clear links to the professional skills developed and reason for rural placement – inspirational.
How the placement will help to develop your professional skills Not addressed at all or very poor connection. Ok, mention of professional skills that may be developed. Excellent outlining certain professional skills that will be developed and how, or why it benefits them. Clear links between the regional / rural placement and development of employability skills – showing deep level of reflection and forethought.
Why you have elected to undertake a regional and remote placement No reason cited or poor, e.g. to travel. Brief mention of reason to undertake placement, not built on or marker expected to make the connection. Excellent outlining why they have elected to undertake placement with clear links to one of the attributes above at least. Showing greater level of reflection, career planning with inspirational story and clear links between all assessment criteria, inspirational.


Key Dates

Date Activity
March 26, 2019
Call for applications
April 30, 2019
Applications close for stage 1
May 10, 2019
Short-listed applicants notified and invited to provide a 1,000 word account that addresses specific criteria and send a supporting statement from their institution and a copy of their most recent academic transcript.
May 24, 2019
Applications close for stage 2
June 8, 2019
Successful applicants notified


How can students evidence entrepreneurial skills?

How can students evidence entrepreneurial skills?

Vic/Tas ACEN Workshop Invitation:

Evidencing entrepreneurial capabilities through innovative WIL

Innovative and entrepreneurial models of WIL challenge the adequacy of traditional assessment approaches in generating the credible evidence of entrepreneurial capabilities that give students an employability edge for an ever-evolving and complex future.

The ATN Edge Project is addressing such challenges through the co-design, piloting and evaluation of a range of scalable and sustainable WIL assessment approaches in partnership with key stakeholders – national industry and recruiter groups, entrepreneurs, employers, alumni and students.

This workshop is relevant to course and discipline leaders, WIL practitioners, academic and curriculum developers.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to:

  • Explore enterprise and entrepreneurial WIL approaches being implemented in courses across Australia
  • Unpack challenges in evidencing learning and assessment in enterprise and entrepreneurial WIL
  • Work with peers to design curriculum for interdisciplinary WIL experiences which develop enterprise capabilities


  • Thursday 23rd May, 2019
  • 11.00am-1.30pm
  • RMIT University Building 80, level 3, room 15.  445 Swanston St Melbourne Map
  • Cost: free to ACEN members; $20 non-members
  •  As this is a workshop no recording will be available post-event.





The Edge Project is funded by an Excellence in Learning and Teaching grant from the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN)

Judith Smith

Judith Smith Director, Next Gen Learning at Queensland University of Technology

Facilitator: Associate Professor Jude Smith

Associate Professor Judith Smith is the Director, Next Gen Learning at Queensland University of Technology. In this role she provides strategic leadership to institutional initiatives and projects in emerging pedagogies and technologies that align to QUT’s real world learning vision and address wicked challenges in teaching and learning. 

Judith is a Board member of Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) and is Chair of the ACEN Research, Scholarship and Professional Learning Subcommittee. She is also leading the multi-institutional research project which is focused on the development of enterprise and entrepreneurial capabilities through emerging models of Work Integrated Learning (WIL).

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