Early Career Researcher Award


The AARE Early Career Researcher 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.


Funding round: single round per annum

Applications due: 11:59pm on 30 August, 2024

Status of round: Open

Benefits to Awardee: Certificate and up to $1,000 to assist with conference attendance expenses

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).


  • 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 conference 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 Panel via the online submission process (see below) by the advertised due date
  • be able to attend the conference
  • deliver the presentation at the conference as programmed
  • 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.  

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 this 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 Conference Awards Application Form.

Paper guidelines 

Selection process

Eligible applications will be assessed against the merit criteria 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.



Previous awardees


Dr Sally Larsen University of New England

Are Australian students’ academic skills declining? Interrogating 25 years of national and international standardised assessment data.


Dr Somayeh Ba Akhlagh The University of New England

Australian and Iranian Pre-school Teachers’ Conceptualizations of Creativity

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