Postgraduate Conference Paper Prize

Postgraduate Conference Paper Prize is awarded annually to the best conference paper by postgraduate students.

Postgraduate Conference Paper Prize 2021 (TBA)

  • Closing Date for Applications 
  • Commission of Winner’s Award 

The Postgraduate Conference Paper Prize is administered by the conference hosts.

Nomination Guidelines

  • The prize is awarded to the best paper submitted for refereeing prior to the conference by postgraduate students.
  • Each stream coordinator will be invited to nominate the best postgraduate paper from within their stream, informed by referee comments where possible.
  • The nominee must be a current financial member of APSA in the year of nomination.

Judging Process

  • The decision will be made by a judging panel chaired by a member of the conference organising committee. The panel will read and rank the nominated papers, applying the following criteria:
    • Degree of originality
    • use of appropriate sources;
    • coherence of argument;
    • sophistication of analysis; and
  • Members of judging panels should adhere to the Guidance on Identifying and Managing Conflicts of Interest. If the Chair of a judging panel has a significant conflict of interest, they must relinquish their position as Chair to one of the other panellists.
  • APSA reserves the right not to award the prize in any given year.

Award Details

  • The winner will be invited to attend the Association’s annual conference dinner and receive the prize of $1000 and a certificate.
  • This Prize is funded by the APSA.

Past Winners:

2020: James Hayne, ‘ Media Coverage of Opinion Polling: Does the Media Favour Historically Accurate Pollsters?

2019: Jordan McSwiney, ‘Social Networks and Digital Organisation: Far Right Parties at the 2019 Australian Federal Election.’

2018: Prudence Brown, ‘We Can’t Live on a Piece of Paper – pragmatism and innovation in parks policy in the Northern Territory.’

2017: Jiye Kim, ‘Disputed Waters, Contested Norms: China’s bargaining capability in the South China Sea disputes.’

2016: Trang Dand, ‘From ‘high watermark’ to low ebb? How Aboriginal rights debates in Australia have informed land reform policies in the Northern Territory.’

2015: Sean Barry, ‘Gillard’s clean energy future package – paradigm change minus valence equals failure

2014: Tu Phuong Nguyen, ‘Rethinking state-labour relations in Vietnam: New institutional dynamics in resolving labour disputes.’