Research Grants

2021 ACEN Research Grants

In 2021 ACEN is offering funding for two Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants up to $10,000 each and two grants of $5,000 for Emergent and/or Early Career Researchers.*

*To be eligible for an Emergent/Early Career Researcher grant the project must be led by an Emerging or Early Career Researcher. This is a researcher who is at an early stage of their academic career. Researchers may be eligible to apply if they are working towards or have been awarded a PhD within 5 years. Applicants must also nominate a senior mentor. The grants are 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 2020 ACEN Summit.

  • Inclusive practice, equity and access in WIL: Enhancing equity of access and participation in WIL for all students. Applications that focus on indigeneity, mental health, disability, and rural and remote students will be highly regarded.
  • Upscaling quality WIL through stakeholder engagement: Increasing student participation in WIL through sustainable stakeholder partnerships, including industry/community bodies and professional associations.
  • Impact of WIL: Investigating the efficacy of different WIL approaches for supporting the achievement of diverse learning outcomes. Projects must be cross-institutional and/or cross-disciplinary with a focus on different types of WIL and in different contexts (e.g. accredited /non-specific offerings).
  • Indigenous engagement with WIL: Supporting Indigenous learners and meaningful engagement with indigenous industry/community organizations. Possible topics may include integrating Indigenous perspectives into curriculum and developing sustainable partnerships with Indigenous organisations.

2021 ACEN Comissioned Research Project

In 2021 ACEN is seeking expressions of interest for a commissioned research project on quality in WIL. This grant is for up to $10,000 and open to both academic and professional staff. Specifically, the commissioned project will build on the quality framework and practical guidelines developed through a previously funded ACEN research grant.