Postgraduate Student Researcher Awards


The AARE Postgraduate Student Researcher Award recognises an outstanding paper given by a Postgraduate Student at the AARE Annual Conference.

AARE Postgraduate Student Researcher Awards are available to assist postgraduate students to attend and participate in the annual AARE Conference.

Funding round: single round per annum

Applications due: 31 August 2019

Status of funding round: open

Amount: up to $500


Eligibility criteria

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

  • be a member of AARE
  • be enrolled in a postgraduate research program in a relevant area of study at an Australian higher education institution
  • meet the closing date for abstract submission
  • submit a first-authored conference paper for review by the conference awards committee to the awards email address by 31 August
  • be able to attend the full conference
  • have a paper accepted for presentation at the conference through the abstract submission process via the AARE conference website
  • deliver the paper at the conference as scheduled
  • have not previously received an AARE Postgraduate Student 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 awards 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 year. Papers previously submitted may not be resubmitted. The same paper cannot be submitted for more than one award in any year.


  • Funds will be made available following the conference paper presentation.
  • 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).
  • Eligible persons may apply for the Award themselves, or may be nominated by another person (e.g., a colleague or supervisor or a conference paper reviewer or referee).

How to apply

  • Applicants must meet the AARE Conference deadlines for abstract submission, and award application submission dates.
  • Submit an abstract via the AARE Conference online submission system by the submission closing date as advertised each year.
  • On 31 August submit:
    • a covering letter addressing the eligibility criteria for the award;
    • a copy of the full paper;
    • and proof of acceptance to the conference;
  • 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


Diana Langmead University of Melbourne

An exalted past but what future? An elite school grapples with India’s Right to Education Act, 2009


Craig Wood Griffith University

Waking up to Memmi: A dwam of critical whiteness studies in school curriculum and pedagogy’

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