Grants and Awards

Every year, APFEI calls for applications with proposals for projects related to academic integrity in higher education.  These grants will be awarded each year to proposals for a small research project, the development of teaching and learning resources and/or an event relevant to education about academic integrity education or the management of academic misconduct.

APFEI 2017 Call for project proposals

The two types of APFEI Grants offered in 2017 are for:

  1. Commissioned projects:
    • One grant of AUD$2000 will be awarded to a project related to research and/or resource development about contract cheating.
  2. Research, event and/or resource development projects:
    • Two grants of AUD$1000 each will be awarded to academic integrity project proposals on an open topic, as long as it is clearly relevant to current issues in the field of academic integrity. These projects may involve the development of research, teaching and learning resources, or to fund inter-institutional events or workshops.

Closing date: 1st June 2017

The selection criteria require that the grant application will:

  • be on a topic that is clearly relevant to current research and approaches to academic integrity education and/or management of academic misconduct;
  • involve an original or fresh approach, that is clearly  distinguished from existing resources or previous research and events;
  • include a rationale for the project, including a short literature review, methodology, timeline and anticipated outcomes; and
  • include a justification of expenses and a detailed budget breakdown

Please download the application form here.  For more information email

Previous grant winners

APFEI 2016 Grant Winner 1 A commissioned project on contract cheating (AUD$2000)

Grant recipients: Dr Christine Slade and Assoc/Prof Susan Rowland,  University of Queensland

Project title: Developing Student Identity Verified Assessment: A response to contract cheating

Project summary:  Contract cheating website services are a serious threat to academic integrity in universities because they challenge the authenticity of student authorship in assessment. Current plagiarism detection strategies do not catch contract cheating students because their purchased assessments responses are individualised and users’ details are hidden behind sophisticated fire walls.  In response we need to ensure that students genuinely complete work for which they get university credit.  This project aims to bring together the creative minds of academics, learning designers and others experiences in assessment design across the university sector to develop a collection of high stakes assessment case studies to demonstrate ways to strengthen the verification of student identity in undertaking these tasks.  The project leaders facilitated two half day workshops:

  • The University of Queensland, St Lucia campus, 1:00-3:30pm, Thursday 2th February, 2017
  • Deakin University, 727 Collins St, Melbourne 1.30-4.00pm, Monday 6th February, 2017.

View more information and resources from the project.


Dr Christine Slade (PhD GC Prof Learning SFHEA) is a lecturer in higher education in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) at the University of Queensland, where she specialises in assessment. Before taking up this role in early 2016, Christine was responsible for the university-wide implementation of ePortfolios at the University of the Sunshine Coast. In 2015, she was a recipient of a prestigious national Platinum LearnX Impact Award in recognition of this work and also received a commendation for excellence in innovation in the 2015 ATEM/Campus Review Best Practice Awards in Tertiary Education Management. Christine was also project manager of the OLT-funded Experiential Learning in Planning Education: Resources and Tools for Good Practice research grant (2012-14). Her learning and teaching research interests include innovative pedagogies, application of assessment principles, experiential learning, digital literacy and academic practice

Susan Rowland

Associate Professor Susan Rowland (PhD GCEd SFHEA) is a teaching-focused faculty member in School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at the University of Queensland. This year she has been seconded as the Deputy Director of the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI). Susan has been a Manning Clark Fellow, an American Society for Microbiology Biology Scholar, and a UQ Teaching Fellow. She has won multiple awards for her teaching, including an Australian Award for University Teaching (2014) and the 2014 Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Beckman Coulter Award for Teaching Excellence. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016). Susan’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning focuses on the development of student professionalism through immersion in authentic scientific practice. She has particular interests in undergraduate research experiences, authentic assessment and science communication.

APFEI 2016 Grant Winner 2  A research, event and/or resource development project (AUD$1000)

Grant recipient: Dr Zeenath Reza Khan, University of Wollongong Dubai

Project title: Understanding academic integrity policies and practices across universities within the UAE in order to develop industry best practices

Project summary:   The UAE is an emerging hub for education, particularly higher education. In order to create a truly world-class education system, a fundamental foundation for education is academic integrity which is vital to assessment practices. With a variety of institutions coming from differing systems from across the globe to the UAE, it is crucial to ensure that there exist a uniform standard of approach to deal with academic dishonesty across the sector. This is a pilot study to be undertaken by University of Wollongong in Dubai, supported by Asia-Pacific Forum for Educational Integrity. It aims to begin a review process of existing policies across universities within the UAE, in order to understand how different universities understand, educate and respond to issues of academic dishonesty to pave the way for a comprehensive study at a later stage.


Dr Zeenath Reza Khan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. She has been teaching at the university for more than 15years. Zeenath is the leading researcher on academic integrity in the region and has numerous publications, news articles and interviews on the topic. She recently completed her dissertation developing a factor-model to understand student likelihood to e-cheat which was nominated for the Emerald Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award in 2015. Zeenath also chaired the first International Conference on Academic Integrity – Middle East Chapter in 2016. She has numerous awards and accolades including the Excellence in Teaching award from University of Wollongong in Dubai, the Vice Chancellor’s Award for teaching and learning from Wollongong, Australia and the Global Innovation Awards from Turnitin and currently sits on the Academic Integrity sub-committee at University of Wollongong in Dubai.

Photo: University Life 201 by Franciso Osorio. Creative Commons License (BY 2.0).