Early Career Researcher Award


The AARE ECR Award recognises an outstanding conference paper by an early career researcher presented at the annual AARE Conference. AARE established this award to encourage early career researchers to present their research at the annual conference and to become actively involved in the Association.

The winner of the Award may be invited by the editor of The Australian Educational Researcher to submit the paper for consideration for publication in the journal (subject to double blind peer review).

Funding round: single round per annum

Applications due: 31 August 2021

Status of round: open

Support: Certificate and up to $800 to assist with conference attendance expenses


  • An early career researcher is one who has been awarded a doctoral degree within the past five years.
  • Eligible persons may apply for the Award themselves, or may be nominated by another person (e.g., a colleague or supervisor or referee).

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for consideration for the award, applicants must meet all the following criteria:

  • be a member of AARE
  • have been awarded a doctoral degree within the past 5 years
  • meet the closing date for abstract submission
  • have an abstract accepted for presentation at the conference through the abstract submission process via the AARE conference website
  • submit a first-authored conference paper for review by the conference awards committee using this form by 31 August
  • be able to attend the full conference
  • deliver the presentation at the conference as scheduled
  • have not previously received an AARE Early Career Researcher 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

As the intent of the award is to honour and facilitate outstanding scholarship, applications will be judged on the basis of the following academic merit criteria:

  • Originality
  • Contemporary significance and /or scholarly relevance
  • Conceptual, methodological and theoretical soundness
  • Disciplined, focused and persuasive argument
  • Coherent organisation and clarity of written expression
  • Comprehensive reference to appropriate literature

Only one paper per researcher or research team should be submitted for the Award in any one year. Papers previously submitted may not be re-submitted. The same paper cannot be submitted for more than one award in any year.


  • Funds will be made available following the conference paper presentation.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the form on the website. 

Paper guidelines 

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.


AARE Awards

Previous awardees


Dr Meghan Stacey University of New South Wales

'Pre-service teachers’ choice of schools as workplaces in a system of social, cultural and religious division: to be ‘selfish’, or to be a ‘hero’?'


Dr David Bright Monash University

Qualitative inquiry and Deleuze and Guattari’s minor literature: In which I consider verisimilitude as a criterion for judging the quality of qualitative writing with reference made to Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse 5 albeit not really in the telegr

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