EDI Faculty Grants

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Apply for an EDI Faculty Grant

Applications are now open and close COB 16 February 2024.

To apply, check out the EDI Faculty Grant Guidelines, complete your application form and send it to access_equity_inclusion@unsw.edu.au.  

Download the application form


EDI Faculty Grants are open to UNSW professional and academic staff from all Faculties and UNSW Canberra. 

Grant applications open:

Tuesday 14 November 2023

Grant applications close:

Friday 16 February 2024

Grant recipients notified:

Friday 1 March 2024

Funding confirmed and part A dispersed:

Monday 4 – Friday 8 March 2024

Confirmation of Part A expenditure & progress report due:

Monday 1 July 2024

Part B funding distributed:

Monday 8 July 2024

Final report due:

Monday 2 December 2024

Project outcomes EDI Board presentation and showcase:

December 2024

After reading the guidelines, apply by sending your completed application form to access_equity_inclusion@unsw.edu.au. Applications are open from 14 November 2023 to 16 February 2024.  

A panel made up of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Equity Diversity & Inclusion; Director, Access, Equity and Inclusion; Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education & Student Experience; and two faculty EDI committee representatives.

Applications will be ranked based on their eligibility and fulfilment of the selection criteria (see EDI Faculty Grant guidelines).

No, you are welcome to apply as an individual, but we do encourage collaborations between professional and academic staff where possible to encourage expansive thinking and innovation.

We encourage EDI faculty grants that are designed to: 

  • support teaching and learning initiatives that intend to positively impact students’ university experience, engagement, and success.  

  • support projects that will build student and staff capacity for promoting a respectful culture and practising inclusivity in their work, study, and interactions.  

  • support existing programs/units of study as well as new projects/activities with potential for expansion and implementation across schools or faculties. 

The funds can be used for any goods or services that support the initiative outlined in your grant application, including salaries (e.g., research assistants).

Any unspent funds by March 2024 or July 2024 will be returned to Access, Equity and Inclusion and EDI Operations.

The intellectual property created will remain with the grant winner. However, we do require that you/your team present your project findings and outcomes at either the December 2024 EDI Board meeting, or a separate showcase event that may align to other Division of EDI programming.

Access, Equity and Inclusion and EDI Operations will provide funding. AEI will also provide reporting templates and guidelines for the final project showcase in 2024.

Please email access_equity_inclusion@unsw.edu.au. We are happy to answer any questions on the EDI Faculty Grants scheme.

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Access the EDI Faculty Grants Guidelines

Read these before submitting an application.


EDI Faculty Grant 2023 Recipients

The EDI Faculty Grants fund initiatives that improve opportunities, support and outcomes for students from low socio-economic status (low-SES) backgrounds to support the Gateway Equity Target. Additionally, the grants are intended as seed funding to engage greater areas of the University in the development and implementation of innovative inclusive teaching and learning initiatives. 

More information will be provided as the projects progress.

The listed projects were fully funded based on a panel review that judged applications on measures of impact, feasibility and relevance. 

Project team

  • Dr Laura McKemmish
  • Dr Laura McKnight 

Faculty: Science

Award amount: $20,000

Project team

  • Dr Inmaculada Tomeo-Reyes 
  • Mr Roy Zeng 
  • Dr Arash Khatamianfar 

Faculty: Engineering

Award amount: $20,000

Project team

  • Terry Cumming 
  • Ian McArthur 
  • Karen Kriss 
  • Karin Watson 
  • Veronica Jiang 

Faculty: Arts, Design & Architecture

Award amount: $25,924

Two projects received partial funding to assist with the development of ethics applications: 

Project team

  • Mr Chris Pearce 
  • Professor Tracie Barber 
  • Associate Professor Greg Smith 


  • Law & Justice 
  • Engineering 
  • Medicine & Health

Award amount: $3,000

Project team

  • Nicholas Stevens 
  • Sarah White 

Faculty: Business

Award amount: $3,000

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UNSW is committed to having an undergraduate community that is reflective of the broader Australian population and enabling access, participation, and graduate success for students from equity cohorts.

The Gateway Admission Pathway and Program (GAPP) addresses access by working with students early in their academic journey to enhance their educational outcomes and offers an equitable pathway to UNSW with a significantly adjusted ATAR.