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: 11:59pm on 30 August, 2024

Status of round: Open

Benefits to Awardee: Certificate and up to $1,000 to assist with conference attendance expenses


Eligible persons may apply for the Award themselves, or may be nominated by another person (e.g., a colleague or supervisor 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
  • be enrolled in a postgraduate research program in a relevant area of study at an Australian higher education institution
  • 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 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. 

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.

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


Phillip Poulton University of Sydney

Early career primary teachers’ curriculum-making experiences: Enablers and constraints to knowledge-led forms of curriculum-making


Karen Nociti Edith Cowan University

Hacking observational literacy tools in early childhood studies

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