Invitation to all Early Career Researchers

ECR Connect invites all Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to be part of a collaborative research project in 2017-2018 titled: Integrating local wisdoms/theories into educational research in Oceania.  This program aims to establish an academic alliance of ECRs to investigate transOceania educational issues through examining and incorporating local wisdom and theories. It also helps us to de-centre ourselves from an obsession with the West and Western knowledge, culture, theories and epistemologies.

Upcoming research activities:

Monash-OCIES Symposium, 26 June, 2017 (Monday) One-day symposium  at Faculty of Education, Monash University (Clayton Campus), Melbourne, Australia.

• 8 Abstracts will be selected through external peer review by the program mentors.

• Two keynote speakers (programme mentors: Professor Bob Teasdale and Associate Professor Zane Ma Rhea)

• The flight cost of one OCIES member participant from a Low Income Country will be provided (maximum AUD$1,000).

• Two-night accommodations and meals at Monash University (Mannix College) will be provided to all participants (Maximum 7 people).

Important dates:

Call for Abstract: 27 Feb, 2017

Deadline for submitting Abstract (250 words): 27 Mar. 2017

Notice results of Abstract: 17 Apr. 2017

Monash-OCIES Symposium Day: 26 Jun. 2017

Please contact the project conveners if you are interested participating in this initiative

Dr. Hongzhi Zhang; email:

Dr. Philip Chan; email:

You are invited to join: ECR Connect

ECR Connect is a program to equip OCIES Early Career Researchers (ECR) with the knowledge and skills to increase the impact of their research and careers. This will be an active group which meets in person and through its Facebook site as well as running events throughout the year both in person and online. The ECR Connect aims to facilitate networking opportunities amongst ECR in OCIES and foster new collaborations. It will help develop an appreciation of the work of other ECRs and to facilitate future intercultural comparative research partnerships. ECR Connect events are specifically for research professionals based in OCIES including ECRs and late-stage PhD students. In addition, two OCIES later career mentors will be invited to join the ECR Connect, who offer help, guidance, advice and support to facilitate the research collaborations for ECRs in the Society.

The expected outcomes of the ECR Connect are:

  • Enabling ECRs who are involved in OCIES to actively make connections throughout the year both in person and online;
  • Promoting and facilitating ECRs’ future intercultural comparative research partnerships in the Oceanic region;
  • Providing space for ECRs to network and share knowledge at transnational and international level;
  • Connecting the wider OCIES community with a valuable ECR population;
  • Encouraging OCIES ECRs to become members of the Society.
  1. Proposed activities and expected outputs, including time-frames:
  • One-day research symposium: Examining Oceanic education issues in international and comparative perspective
  • A symposium with 8 presentations will be organised at Monash University (Clayton campus), Melbourne, Australia in 3rd July 2017 (Monday).
  • The two OCIES mentors will be invited as the keynote speakers.
  • The flight cost of one OCIES member participant from a Low Income Country will be provided (maximum AUD$ 1000).
  • Two-night accommodations and meals at Monash University will be provided to all participants.
  • Two conference symposia (8 presentations) at OCIES Annual Conference in November 2017. The two OCIES mentors will be the discussants for these two symposia.
  • A special issue in the Internal Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives in 2018/2019. Two mentors will comment final draft of the articles before submission.

If you are interested to join the ECR connect program, please contact our program conveners:

Dr. Hongzhi Zhang,

Dr. Philip Chan,

Call for Applications

OCIES Fellowships and Networks Program

Program Rationale

OCIES has long promoted important exchanges of ideas and work between educators, researchers and education policy actors. It has served to bring together our contributions and develop our roles within the wider field of comparative and international education, and in doing so to link these with the World Congress of Comparative and International Education Societies. An aim of the OCIES Fellowships and Networks program is to make this role more proactive by providing the institutional and financial support to members to extend and increase the frequency of these endeavors. Individual researchers and/or groups of researchers will be facilitated to undertake collaborations or networking initiatives between institutions and OCIES members, thereby deepening these exchanges and relationships. The funding from the scheme is sourced from conference and membership fee surplus, and could be up to Aus$5000. The number of fellowships and/or network support grants awarded each year will vary according to funds available and the quality of applications received.

Application Requirements

The Chief Investigator must submit a written proposal, of no more than two pages, that includes:

  • Names of all participants, positions and institutions
  • Program aims, proposed activities and full budget items. These could include, for example, a seminar, Master class and/or guest lectures or presentations
  • Potential benefits to OCIES, potential for lasting impacts for the institutions involved and the advancement of the CIE field more broadly

Proposals should be submitted to the OCIES Secretary: by June 10th 2016 to be reviewed by the incumbent OCIES executive committee.  Funds must be used within the year of approval, by June 30th 2017, and a brief summary report submitted on completion.