Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Post Graduate Student Researcher Award


The AARE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Student Researcher Award recognises an outstanding paper given by a Postgraduate Student who identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person at the AARE Annual Conference.

This award is intended to support the participation and inclusion of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in the educational research community 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: 11:59pm on 31 August, 2023

Status of round: Closed

Benefits to the 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).


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)

Eligibility criteria

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

  • be a member of AARE
  • identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • 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 via the online submission process (see below) by the advertised due date
  • be able to attend the full conference
  • deliver the presentation at the conference as scheduled
  • have not previously received an AARE Postgraduate Student Researcher Award or an AARE Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander 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.  

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:

  • 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.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Conference Awards Application Form

Paper guidelines 

Selection process

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


Amy Thomson The University of Queensland

Colonial texts on Aboriginal land: The dominance of the Canon in Australian English classrooms


Ren Perkins University of Queensland

The post MATSITI landscape: Where are we now and where are we going?

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