Postgraduate Student / Early Career Researcher Poster Award


Inaugurated in 2010, the Postgraduate / ECR Researcher Poster Award is intended to support the participation and inclusion of postgraduate and early career researchers in the educational research community. 

Funding round: single round per annum

Applications: All posters presented at the conference will be automatically nominated

Status of funding round: open

Amount: A framed certificate will be presented to the recipient at the AARE Conference. The PG/ECR Poster Award is sponsored by the Australian Council of Deans of Education. A prize for the winner includes $500 to assist with conference attendance expense.

Applicant Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Postgraduate / ECR Researcher Poster Award, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be a AARE member
  • be either enrolled in a postgraduate research program in a relevant area of study at an Australian higher education institution, or have been awarded a doctoral degree within the past 5 years.
  • submit a first-authored conference poster proposal, via the online submission system and by the closing date for abstracts of posters, and have their proposal accepted for presentation.
  • be able to attend the full conference.
  • have not previously received the AARE Postgraduate/ECR Poster Award.

It is possible to submit a jointly authored paper for an award. Award applicants must be the first named author on the paper. AARE places the responsibility for full disclosure to co-authors with the first author of a paper submitted for consideration in these award categories. It is not a requirement that award papers be included in the conference proceedings.

Merit criteria

A panel of experienced researchers will judge the posters during the Conference according to:

  • the content of the poster;
  • the clarity and interest of the presentation;
  • the presentation of theoretical and methodological bases and findings of the research; and
  • the presentation of quality discussion points or conclusions drawn from the findings.
  • the visual power of communicating main messages via the genre of the poster.

Only one poster per researcher or research team should be submitted for the Award in any year. Posters previously submitted may not be resubmitted.

Eligible people may nominate for the Poster Award prior to or at the conference.


  • Funds will be made available following the conference.

How to apply

All posters presented at the conference will be automatically nominated. Please contact the AARE office if you are presenting a poster that you do not want considered for this award.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by the Awards Panel which is convened each year by the Awards Convenor. The panel’s decision will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into.


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