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You are reading: 2023 Funding Round


Between 2014-21, NCSEHE funded 79 high calibre research projects worth AUD3,020,512. These projects have resulted in impactful outcomes for Australian higher education equity, including at the national level.

This year, the Centre’s seventh grants funding round (2023-24) received 72 applications, with 69 proposals originating from Table A Providers and three from non-university organisations. Ten projects, worth a combined AUD469,227 from nine different lead organisations will be funded to research issues of national significance in higher education equity in 2024.

NCSEHE identifies key research priorities for research teams to explore in each funding round. For the 2024 Small Grants Research Program, applicants were advised NCSEHE would seek to fund proposals that address equity issues across the entire higher education student life cycle. This includes proposals addressing contemporary developments and challenges in higher education equity policy, practice, and evaluation, and including but not limited to, issues being raised and discussed as part of the Australian Universities Accord Panel’s Review of Higher Education.

Chief Investigator Lead Institution Project Title
Dr Tomasz Zajac The University of Queensland Investigating relationships between first-in-family status, equity groups, and university access
Professor Bronwyn Fredericks The University of Queensland Enabling programs and Indigenous student university completion: Building the evidence
Dr Daniel Edwards Australian Council for Educational Research Building understanding of First Nations students' progression through university
Dr Anne McMahon University of Wollongong Towards a financially inclusive higher education system
Dr Rong Zhu Flinders University Socioeconomic Disadvantages, Choice of Disciplines, and Post-University Labour Market Performance
Associate Professor Shawana Andrews The University of Melbourne Navigating the cultural interface: Indigenous PhD scholars' experience of working toward epistemological equity in health research across Australia, Canada and New Zealand
Dr Leanne Fray The University of Newcastle Australia Understanding school students' aspirations in uncertain times
Associate Professor Joanne Dargusch CQUniversity Time for a rethink: Assessment policy to enable equity
Dr Frances Fan University of Tasmania Engaging low SES, regional and remote students through online communities
Professor Alphia Possamai-Inesedy Western Sydney University Enhancing the impact of Pre-Access Programs on equity: 2013-2023 Impact Analysis