Intellectual climate fund for graduate researchers

Applications for the 2016 fund are now closed.

2016 fund information and application guidelines

Sponsored by the graduate Research School, the Associate PVC (Research) of ASSC and SHE - over 20 grants of up to $500 are available to graduate research groups t support your local research community.

Purpose of the scheme

The purpose of this scheme is to encourage graduate researchers to lead a range of academic, social and cultural activities that will seed or enhance a stimulating intellectual climate and supportive network within their local graduate research community. The scheme is not prescriptive about whether the activities take place across schools, departments, physical locations or disciplines; it is really about refreshing your research community in the new two-college university structure.  Graduate researchers may organise academic activities such as conferences and symposia, visual exhibitions, seminars, master-classes and visiting speakers. This scheme is likely to be particularly beneficial to students who are located at smaller campuses in the La Trobe network.


Graduate researchers can additionally gain valuable experience in event organisation, grant application writing and project management. Mentorship and support for successful applicants will be available from the RED team in the GRS on request.

Application information

Applicants must be currently enrolled graduate researchers at La Trobe. Events must be produced primarily by and for graduate researchers, and they must be held in 2016. Proposals should seek to secure additional financial support for the activity from departments, schools or external bodies.

Completed applications should be sent to by 6 June 2016.

Enquiries about the scheme can be sent to Or you can call Dr Jeanette Fyffe, Manager Research Education and Development on 03 9479 3823.

Application process

Get together with other graduate researchers in your community and come up with a plan.  Consult widely – be creative – think about what would make a difference! You might like to speak to your GRC or SGRC or other academics in your area too.

Draft your application.  Complete all the details on the form. Get the account details from your SGRC and have them sign the form.

Submit your application on or before the due date 6 June 2016.


  • Grants are available for projects run for and by graduate researchers.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled.
  • All projects must take place before the end of 2016.
  • A written report must be sent to at the conclusion of the activity. A report proforma will be sent to successful applicants.

2016 funding results

Congratulations to all successful applications for the 201 round. The table below details each project.

Successful applicantsDepartment/disciplineProject titleShort description
Anne Brouwer, Nicholas AnthonyManagement & MarketingTalking PhD: everything except your researchSocial activity to encourage networking and share experiences among both LTU colleges
Anthony Condon, Christopher Trinh,Rachel Davenport,Hannah Robert , Alex Tomy, Ramón DomingoHistoryInterdisciplinary reading groupReading group and support network
Brittney Caruana, Jacqui Morris, Shakira Johnson, Lincoln Ferrie, Timothy CameronScience, Health & EngineeringAgriBio Student Society Inaugural OpeningInaugural opening for the AgriBio Student Society (ABSS)
Caitlin McDowell, Kate D'Cruz,  Sue McDonough, Carmel Hobbs, Kerri Dangerfield, Stacey Alexander, Nicole El-Hage, Deb Fox, Lucy Knox, Prue Atkins , Michelle Lac,Lucinder Mayor, Alana Hewitt                                     Occupational TherapyGrounded Theory Community of PracticeTo establish a Community of Practice for grounded theory researchers
Christopher TaylorMathematics & StatisticsGraduate Reading Group for Mathematics & StatisticsReading group focusing on graduate topics in mathematics and statistics
Cristina Triffon, Richard Garret, Rebecca Auchetti,Robert BarkerBiochemistry & GeneticsLIMS Postgraduate Speed NetworkingA speed networking meeting for postgraduate students
Teddy Ossei Kwakye,  Obed Adonteng-Kissi,  David ChisangaAccounting La Trobe University Pan-Africa Research NetworkSymposium 
Hannah MayrRehabilitation Nutrition and Sport /Nutrition and DieteticsLa Trobe Allied Health Research SymposiumLa Trobe Allied Health Research Symposium
Hendrika Duivenvoorden, Cristina TriffonBiochemistry & GeneticsSeminar Speakers and PhD Student MeetingsPhD Student informal chats with seminar speakers
Stacey Rich, Rachael Heckenberg, Pennie Eddy, Heather DowneyPsychology & CounsellingRegional Research in the CommunityConference poster display
James Kirby, Holly WilsonHistoryHonours, Masters and PhD Workshop DayA day of seminars for Honours, Masters, and PhD students within the History Department and the ASSC
Leah Slattery, Kate Clarke, Fauster Aleo Awepuga,  Melissa Kennedy, Elena WilsonSocial InquiryWriting Support CircleWriting support group for Bendigo Higher Degree Researchers (HDRs)
Melissa Kennedy, Fauster Awepuga , Kate Clarke,Leah Slattery, Elena WilsonSocial InquiryThe Seven Sins of Highly Stressed HDR Students (and strategies for survival)Networking event: building HDR cohort through sharing of survival strategies
Myint Hlaing, Thi Thu Thuy, Trieu Huyen, Truong-Young, Hung Quang Do, Dwi HarsonoHumanities & Social SciencesASEAN Research Network online A website for HDR commentaries, research repository and networking
Nicholas Anthony, Anne BrouwerChemistry & PhysicsGraduate Student ForumSchool student forums to discuss the graduate research experience
Shawgat Sharmeen Kutubi, Suzillah Sidek, Anne BrouwerAccounting Women Leadership in Business Schools: Opportunities and ChallengesSymposium about women leadership in business schools
Richard Browne, Brittney CaruanaAnimal, Plant & Soil SciencesAgriBio Student ConferenceAgriBio student conference and poster presentations
Robert Barker, Cristina TriffonBiochemistry & GeneticsCareers Speaker for Postgraduate StudentsA seminar or inventorship and career transitioning

2015 funding results

Congratulations to all successful applications for the 2015 round. The table below details each project.  Read accounts by participants in the 2015 scheme about their experience of organising their project at the RED Alert blog.

Successful applicantsDepartment / disciplineProject titleShort description
Alyce Mayfosh, Nicolas Anthony, Terri Field-Theodore, Hendrika Duivenvoorden, Hannnah Coughlan, Cristrina Triffon Biochemistry LIMS Research Student Colloquium An internal careers seminar.
Edwina Kay Archaeology Media training for graduate researchers Media training workshop and interviews on community radio
Edwina Kay, Matthew Carter Archaeology Landscape archaeology reading group Landscape archaeology theory reading group
Elena Papamiltiadous, Rachelle Opie, Oana Tatucu, Hannah Mayr Department of Rehabilitation Nutrition and Sport Mediterranean Diet Symposium Mediterranean Diet Symposium
Emily Bariola, Daniel du Plooy, Tomas Rozbroj Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society Gender and Sexuality Interest Group Gender and Sexuality Interest Group A Special Interest Group - involving regular seminars with invited speakers.
Frances Reed, Leesa Hooker, Elena Wilson Rural Health Rural health poster workshop and display Conduct a workshop on designing posters for conference display, including lunch and ongoing limited student support to hold a display
Geertuida Drijfhout, Jemima Connell, Orsolya Decker, Shannon Braun, Nikeisha Caruana Ecology, Environment and Evolution Ecology, Environment and Evolution Postgraduate networking event Informal meeting for Ecology, Environment and Evolution (EEE) postgraduates to network and discuss their research
Georgia Roberts, Katherine Crowder, Edwina Kay Archaeology Future Skills: Developing a cutting edge skill-base within the PhD students of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Interactive theoretical and practical master classes for archaeology and history.
Glen Whittaker, Sophia Tipping Podiatry Engaging HDR students to facilitate ongoing academic activities A networking event for HDR students to increase engagement amongst HDR students
Heather Downey Rural Health Post Graduate Community Research Symposium Showcasing current research to local community
Hendrika Duivenvoorden Biochemistry and Genetics Seminar Speaker and PhD student chats PhD student informal chats with seminar speakers.
Jennifer Hocking, Lee Koh, Carmel Hobbs, Rosediani Muhamad, Jessica Gill, Jennifer Browne Public Health In the thick of it! The experience of doing social research. A symposium and networking opportunity for HDR students, to be held in October 2015.
Karen O'Reilly-Briggs, Mark Newhook, Warren Guest Education Tools of the Trade Meetings to discuss research in the vocational education trades
Katherine Crowder Archaeology Dynamic landscapes: VisLab training for PhD students Training sessions to assist PhD students in using the VisLab
Katie Buckley Department of Public Health / CSSI Intergrating research into industry - A sports research HDR student approach One day workshop, including guest speaker/s 
Lara Bereza-Malcolm, Jennifer Wiltshire Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology Supporting Women in Science (SWIS) Society Initial opening launch event followed by seminars every 2-3 months
Maggie Flood, Laura Biggs, Helene M Johns, Leesa Hooker, Fetene Berhanu Belihu Judith Lumley Centre Seminar series to develop statistical skills using Stata Seminar series to develop statistical skills using Stata
Margaret Robinson, Karen O'Reilly- Briggs, Fazella Ibrahim, Ziaoxia (Spice) Wang, Pam Delly, Peter Sanders, Jade Sleeman, Minh Nguyen, Mark Newhook, Gerard Grant, Ngoc Lan Anh Le, Truong Sinh Dinh, Trang Nguyen, Warren Guest Education The School of Education Research Society Conference School of Education Research Society (SOERS) Conference
Melissa Kennedy, Mark Chesterfield, James McLean, Fatemeh Shahani Social Inquiry / Planning Theory Salon Theory Salon - seminar discussing application of theory to research
Mijail Karpyn, Alexis Marshall, Jane Kelley, Tingting Wang Science Networking breakfast for LTU AgriBio students Developing professional skills and networking breakfast for LTU AgriBio students.
Murray Neuzerling Mathematics and Statistic Graduate Reading Group for Mathematics and Statistics Reading group for advanced topics in mathematics and statistics
Nicholas Anthony, Hannah Coughlan, Christopher Bedford, Michael Sear Physics Physics Careers Night Across University careers night for physics students
Renuka Balasubramaniam, Tam Thanh Tran, Ha Thi Ngoc Le, Thi Thu Thuy Trieu Law Asia Pacific Seminar(s) for international students seeking guidance on effective ways of publicising their research through networking in our home countries with the most appropriate audiences
Richard Turner History The Bendigo Graduate Research Society Establish a Bendigo Graduate Research Society affiliated to the BSA
Victoria Weale, Bridget Langing, Christine While, Kate Silburn Australian Institute for Primary Care and Ageing From research to publication - what helps and how to overcome barriers Panel discussion with experienced internal and external speakers