The Alison Lee ‘Theory in Educational Research’ Scholarships

Professor Alison Lee, who passed away in 2012, is remembered for her strong advocacy for research training opportunities, including networking, for novice researchers. She was a member of the AARE Executive and was passionate about the pedagogy of doctoral education. Her research focused on the changing nature of the university and how this related to the world of work, the professions and social participation. She emphasised strong critical educational research and practice and promoted the development of inter-professional relationships. This was evident in her work that supported doctoral education. She wrote widely on doctoral supervision and academic writing and generously supported doctoral students throughout her career.

Purpose: This scholarship scheme has been established to assist postgraduate students and early career researchers to attend the AARE Theory Workshops. The AARE theory workshops are held in different locations across Australia each year and they provide opportunities for researchers to be immersed in theory, to consider how theory applies to their research, to learn from expert researchers, and to network with peers and experienced researchers.

Funding round: opened in line with Theory Workshop registration processes.

Applications due: 27 August, 2023

Status of funding round: Closed

Amount: up to $1,500 to assist with attendance costs (bookings made by AARE office or payment by reimbursement)

Number available: Generally 2 for each theory workshop

Applicant eligibility: Postgraduate students and early career researchers (within five years of being awarded a doctorate) who are attending the Theory Workshop


  • An individual can be awarded only one Allison Lee Scholarship across their career

How to apply:

  • The application process has two parts, using the prescribed form:
    • A statement by the applicant (up to 500 words) explaining how the scholarship will benefit the applicant and enable the research training values that Alison Lee was so passionate about.
    • A statement by the Head of School, Associate Dean of Research or Supervisor of the applicant (up to 200 words) in support of the application.
  • Complete the application form

Selection process: Applications will be considered by a panel, which will include members of the AARE Executive. The panel’s decision will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into.


Further information about Alison Lee, her support of research training and her academic work can be found at:

  • Pat Thomson’s Blog
  • Thesis Whisperer