Technology and Learning SIG Awards


The Technology and Learning SIG awards acknowledge outstanding conference papers in the field of technology and learning research in education within the Australian context.

There are two awards, one is for an early career researcher and the other award is for a mid-career researcher.

The awards were established to encourage researchers to present their research at the annual conference and to become actively involved in the Technology and Learning SIG.


Funding round: single round per annum
Number of awards: Two awards (early career researcher and mid-career researcher)
Applications due: 1 November, 2024
Status of round: open
Benefits to Awardee: Certificate of excellence


  • An early career researcher is one who has been awarded a doctoral degree within the past five years
  • A mid-career researcher is one who is 5-10 years post PhD
  • Eligible persons may apply for the Award themselves, or may be nominated by another person (e.g., a colleague or supervisor)

Eligibility criteria

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

  • be a current member of AARE
  • be an early career or mid-career researcher
  • 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 Technology and Learning SIG awards committee via the submission process (see below) by the advertised due date
  • be able to attend the full conference
  • deliver the presentation at the conference as scheduled

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 for this award.

Merit criteria

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

  • Paper is in the field of technology and learning research in education within the Australian context
  • Originality (i.e. new findings, theories or using a new approach, method, topic)
  • Contemporary significance and/or scholarly relevance (i.e impact of your work)
  • Conceptual, methodological and theoretical soundness
  • Disciplined, focused and persuasive argument
  • Coherent structure and clarity of written expression
  • Comprehensive reference to appropriate literature

Only one paper per researcher should be submitted for the Award in any year. Papers previously submitted may not be resubmitted.

How to apply

To nominate for the award, candidates must submit their full conference paper by the due date advertised, identifying if they are early career or mid-career researcher.

Applications must be submitted via email to

Selection process

Papers will be assessed by a panel of Technology and Learning SIG members which is convened each year. The panel’s decision will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into.


If you have any questions regarding the award, please email