MPA Funding Program

MPA postgraduate group funding scheme

Are you looking to organise events for your fellow postgrads and want additional funding to help make it happen? Then read on.

The MPA set up our seminar and conference funding scheme quite some years ago now, and it has grown in popularity with each passing year. Now we want to expand its reach and get more postgrads from more departments involved to help make the most of your time here at Monash. This page outlines our funding scheme 2.0, bigger and better than ever, and with a sparkly new name: MPA Postgraduate Group Funding Scheme. As you can tell, we’re putting all our money towards funding your groups, rather than paying consultants to come up with catchy names!

So, how does it work, and how can you get involved? Well, hopefully we’ve made this process as simple for you as possible, while still following all constitutional guidelines.

Our Funding Scheme is divided up into four different areas, select the one that fits your event:

Seminar Organiser Funding: For postgrads who want to put on a short seminar to showcase departmental work, invite a guest speaker, or host a networking event.

Conference Organiser Funding: For postgrads who are organising their departmental research conference.

Departmental Group Funding: For student groups within a department, to run social events throughout the year for their cohort.

Special Interest Group Funding: For coursework students who want to engage with other students in their course and organise a social event, or for any postgrad wishing to run a special interest group event.

Seminar Organiser Funding

The Seminar Organiser Funding is designed to help postgraduates who want to organise a small event to bring together students from their area to enhance their academic studies. The MPA will fund up to $200 towards your seminar, which you can put towards catering for your event, or perhaps a gift to a prominent speaker. To apply, simply get a group of postgrad students (minimum two) together to organise your event, apply for funding at least a month prior to the event, and then host an awesome seminar to bring postgrads in your area together.

Please apply for funding at least one month prior to your event and we will respond to your application within 5 working days. To apply, fill out the seminar application form and email to Jessica.vangent@monash.edu.

Further information
We work out the funding based on a per-capita calculation on expected attendance, to a maximum of $200 per application. We will fund one application per department per semester – up to $400 a year. To fund the events we make a donation of the funding amount to your department. As such, we require a staff member who can verify the details of your application.

Organiser funding regulations

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Conference Organiser Funding

The Conference Organiser Funding is designed to help postgraduates who want to organise a conference in their discipline to bring together postgraduates to share their work. The MPA will fund up to $2000 towards your conference, which you can put towards things such as catering, organising presenter prizes or booking a venue. To apply, simply get a group of postgrad students (minimum of two)  together to organise your event, apply for funding at least a month prior to the event, and then host an awesome conference to bring postgrads together to share their research.

Please apply for funding at least one month prior to your event, and we will respond to your application within 5 working days. To apply, fill out the conference application form and email to Jessica.vangent@monash.edu.

Further information
We work out the funding based upon a per-capita and duration of conference calculation on expected attendance, to a maximum of $2000 per application. We will fund one application per department per year. To fund the events we make a donation of the funding amount to your department. As such we require a staff member who can verify the details of your application.

Organiser funding regulations

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Departmental Group Funding

The Departmental Group Funding is designed to support social activities run by postgrads, for postgrads, within their department. Funding of up to $3000 per annum is available to groups, dependent on the group size and planned activities.

Applications will be processed within 20 working days of receipt. To apply for funding, student groups (a minimum two postgraduate students) should put together an application including an activity plan and budget. To apply for funding, email the Departmental group funding application form to Jessica.vangent@monash.edu.

Further information
The Departmental Group funding scheme requires students to sign an agreement to spend the funding only on events which fall within the Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF) regulations, within the year in which it is allocated. Funding will be provided as a lump sum donation to a departmental cost code, unless other arrangements are made.

Group funding regulations

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Special Interest Group Funding

The MPA’s Special Interest group funding is designed for postgrads with similar interests to come together and run events. Funding is available to postgrads upon application for both one-off events and on-going group activities. To find out if your group is eligible, fill in the special interest group funding expression of interest form. Email completed forms to Jessica.vangent@monash.edu and we’ll get in contact with you within 5 working days to discuss your idea.

Special Interest Group funding will follow similar funding procedures to Departmental Group funding. The initial group contact and consult can occur at any time during the year, and is not restricted to the funding round application dates. The initial consult and funding for the first event will be a trial of the viability of the group, or will result in a referral to an appropriate staff or committee member to help you plan your idea. Group funding allocation is at the discretion of the MPA, and is not guaranteed on submission of an expression of interest form.

Group funding regulations

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Funding to help with your postgrad conference.