Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander HDR & ECR Researcher Conference Bursaries

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander HDR & ECR Researchers

Overview and purpose

AARE is pleased to offer bursaries to support conference attendance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are full time HDR Students or early career researchers in 2024. These are open to both members and non-members of AARE.

The AARE Conference Bursary program is part of AARE initiatives aimed to address equity issues in the education sector.

The 2024 AARE Conference is being held at Macquarie University, Sydney, 1st to 5th December, 2024. Please see our website for more information

In 2024, AARE is offering the following:

  • 2 x $1500 [for those attending from interstate to contribute to travel/accommodation and conference registration]
  • 2 x $1000 [for those attending from Sydney/New South Wales to contribute to conference registration and transfers/accommodation if required]

Note: funds will be provided by reimbursement with provision of receipts.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to:

  • Use the bursary amount for travel and conference registration (@concessional rate) (reimbursed with receipts)
  • Receive complimentary 12 months AARE Membership
  • Attend the Pre-Conference Workshop
  • Attend at the Welcome Reception
  • Attend the “First Timers’ Lunch”


Open to any applicant who:

  • Identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person;
  • Is a full time higher degree research student OR an ECR (within 5 years of award of PhD)
  • In part-time or casual employment or currently unemployed;
  • Has not received other AARE awards or bursaries in 2024;
  • Has submitted an abstract to present at the 2024 Conference;

Please note: You do not need to have been accepted to present at the conference at the time of submitting this application.

Application and selection process

Only people who meet all eligibility criteria should apply. Please review the criteria above and be sure that you are eligible before applying.

Applications should be submitted via the below online form by 11.59pm Friday 9th August 2024.

>> Bursary Application Form

Allocation of Bursaries will be undertaken by a Conference Bursary Panel, based on the following principles:
  • That the applicant meets the eligibility criteria.
  • The aim of offering support to student researchers from as many institutions/geographical regions as possible.

Applicants can expect notification about the outcome of their application by COB Friday 6th September 2024.

Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the results.  It is not possible to provide feedback on applications, and no correspondence about the list of awardees will be possible.

If you have any questions related to the Conference Bursaries, please contact the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Researcher Member, Dr Candace Kruger via aare@aare.edu.au.