Become a member

Are you interested in joining ADI as a member? ADI brings together leading researchers in social sciences and humanities from Deakin's Faculty of Arts and Education and further afield. Membership of the institute aims to build the research capacity of individual researchers and the institute, as well as the broader research profile of the University.

In addition to meeting standard research activity requirements, ADI members will have research interests strongly aligned with those of the institute; have a strong research track record relative to opportunity and seniority; and make a commitment to contribute to the institute's research environment through active engagement in its work and activities including, but not limited to:

  • attending institute events and workshops
  • contributing to institute publications such as the Bulletin, website and social media
  • engaging in collaborative research activities with other members
  • attending meetings of members and research groups
  • ensuring research outputs are communicated, updated and accurate
  • undertaking mentoring and research development for ECRs and HDRs.

Our members are eligible for a range of targeted strategic funding and support initiatives aimed at the development of competitive research proposals and the effective dissemination of research.

Membership is determined by individual application with reference to the membership criteria and guidelines.

Membership of ADI is closed for 2017

Membership

Deakin University staff may express interest in membership of ADI. Research partners external to the University may apply for affiliate membership.

ADI membership eligibility

Members of ADI possess an exceptional research track record relative to opportunity and actively participate in a vibrant, collaborative research environment.

With respect to applications for membership, special consideration is given to Early Career Researchers (ECRs). In addition to meeting the minimum eligibility requirements, applicants for membership who are ECRs will:

  1. be an early career researcher
  2. have an excellent publication track record relative to opportunity and in terms of ERA performance measure
  3. make themselves available to informally mentor doctoral researchers
  4. contribute to the research capacity and profile of the university in one or more of the following ways:
    • the development of competitive external grant proposals
    • primary or associate supervision of HDR candidates
    • other activities or achievements which the applicant can show will contribute to the research capacity and profile of the university to be determined by the Institute Research Committee.

In addition to meeting the standard eligibility requirements, applicants for membership who are not ECRs will:

  1. play a significant role in mentoring early career researchers and HDRs
  2. have an excellent publication track record relative to opportunity and in terms of ERA performance measure
  3. make themselves available to informally mentor ECRs and doctoral researchers
  4. contribute in a sustained manner to the research capacity and profile of the institute (the faculty and university) in two or more of the following ways:
    1. be a chief investigator on at least one successful external grant in the previous three years
    2. have and maintain an exceptional publication track record relative to opportunity and in terms of ERA performance measures
    3. primary supervision of an HDR candidate to successful completion in the previous three years.

Affiliate membership eligibility

Affiliate members will be research partners external to the University whose research interests align with those of the institute, or who are former Deakin University employees granted an Emeritus Professorship. 

In order to be eligible for affiliate membership, applicants will:

  1. have an exceptional international research profile, including an outstanding publication and grants track record
  2. Hhe research interests which align strategically with core foci of the institute including one or more research streams
  3. seek affiliate membership to support ongoing collaborative research activities with existing ADI members
  4. be nominated by at least one existing ADI member.

When considering applications for affiliate membership, the institute will consider the strength of recent research activity and outputs, as well as the strategic alignment of the applicant's research interests with the institute. 

Applicants for affiliate membership must have a developed and ongoing collaborative research partnership with existing members of the institute.

Key terms

Applicable outputs

Applicable outputs are publications, research income, HDR completions and esteem measures which are used to calculate research points and research activity. 

Applicable outputs are those which are used in Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluations.

For more information, view Research Activity and Sample Calculation in this guide.

Early career researcher

An early career researcher (ECR) is a researcher who is within five years of the start of their research career. This usually means the researcher was awarded a PhD within five years of the date of application. Extensions may be given owing to significant career interruption.

Eligible employee

An eligible employee is an employee of Deakin University, employed on either a fixed term on ongoing basis at a fraction greater than .5 EFT (equivalent full time).

Research activity

Research activity will be determined with reference to the accrual of HERDC research points.

The number of points required for research activity is staggered by level of employment. 

Research points are counted over the previous three years, regardless of the applicant's place of employment in that time.

An indication of standard expectations by staff employment level is:

Level Points needed
A 5
B 6
C 8
D 10
E 12

Points calculation

Publications and/or creative outputs

Publications and/or creative outputs Points Comments
A1 Authored book 5
B1 Book chapter 1
C1 Refereed journal article 1
E1 Refereed conference paper 0.5 Maximum 1.5 points
J1 Major original creative work 1–5 Major work = 5 points
Minor work = 1 point

Research income

Research income Points Comments
Category 1 National Competitive Research Income 2 points per $20,000 Counted for every $20,000 of part thereof, eg. 1 point allocated to $10,000
Category 2–4 Research Income 1 point per $20,00 Counted for every $20,000 or part thereof, eg. 0.5 points allocated to $10,000

HDR completions 

HDR completions Points Comments
1 principal supervision to successful completion of PhD
1 principal supervision to successful completion of Masters by Research 0.5 
Successful completion of PhD 1 In year of conferral only

 Esteem measures

Esteem measures Points
1 externally awarded prize, award or other esteem measure recognised in ERA 3

Research interests

An applicant must have research interests which align with one or more of the research streams of the institute.

Principles for calculating research points

Pro-rata calculations

Pro-rata calculations
HDR completions Points may be divided between two formally registered co-supervisors.
Publications and grants Publications and grant income will not be counted pro rata.

Special calculations

When calculating points, factors may be taken into account which have temporarily impacted upon an applicant's research capacity and output. These factors may include:

  1. providing an opportunity for an early career researcher to build a research profile
  2. where there has been a career interruption or extended leave
  3. other circumstances which have temporarily negatively impacted upon an applicant's research output in consultation with the Institute Research Committee.

Where one or more of the above conditions are met, a special calculation may be made. A special calculation may take into account either of the following:

  1. publications or research income accrued four years from the date of calculation
  2. publications or research income accrued in the current year.

Documentation will be required to consider income accrued in the current year. Documentation might include a contract for an authored book, or a letter confirming a grant award.

Sample calculation

Researcher A is employed at level B. She has produced: 
1 sole authored refereed journal article in 20131
2 joint authored journal article in 2014 (with one other author2
1 sole authored book chapter in 20141
1 sole authored refereed journal article in 20151
Has won $20,000 of category 2 research income6