Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Student Researcher Award


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.

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


Funding round: single round per annum

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

Status of round: Open

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)

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 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 Postgraduate Student Researcher Award or an AARE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Student Researcher Award

Please note: 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 assessed 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 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

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


Antoinette Cole, The University of Queensland

Weaving the thread of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices into school leadership in Australia


Matilda Harry, Western Sydney University

Reflections in waterholes: Reconceptualising young Indigenous success through young mob refractions


Amy Thomson, The University of Queensland

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

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