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Note: Applications for ISA 2023 close on January 16, 2023 
Applications for TASA 2022 bursaries closed Monday 4 July

TASA's Postgraduate Conference Bursary Fund was established in 2003 with funds donated by the former Australian Association of Social Research Inc. (AASR).
The bursary aims to support postgraduate participation at TASA annual conferences.


TASA's Executive and Postgraduate Sub-Committee encourage postgraduate members to apply.
It also encourages academic supervisors to promote the bursary to their postgraduate students. 


All applicants need to be TASA members.


Each year the bursary recipient with the best abstract in the research area of migration or cultural pluralism, or with the potential for contribution
to public policy, will be recognised as the recipient of the Jerzy Zubrzycki Bursary. Please use the Postgraduate Bursary nomination form below to apply.

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The recipients of the bursary will receive:

  • Registration for the conference (not transferrable to future conferences);
  • Registration for the pre-conference TASA Postgraduate Workshop (not transferrable to future conferences);
  • A small-group mentoring session at the Postgraduate Workshop with senior TASA academics and/or journal editors;
  • A TASA PG certificate; and
  • Travel funding depending on where the recipient resides and the location of the conference. Travel funding for 2022 is: WA up to $950, NT up to $800, SA, QLD and TAS up to $500, NSW $400, regional NSW $650, regional Victoria, $250, FNQ up to $650.

Note, you can apply for a conference bursary if you reside in Melbourne and, if awarded, you will receive complimentary registration to the conference. 

Be sure to register for TASA 2022 Conference.



Those eligible for consideration of the bursary must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant is currently enrolled in a Honours, Masters or PhD program (proof of enrolment required);
  • Applicant has submitted a conference abstract, of which they are first or sole author, by the conference submission date;
  • Applicant has submitted a nomination form including a one page statement outlining the significance of their research to the conference theme and the contribution the research will make to Australian sociology;
  • Applicant, whether awarded the bursary or not, agrees to (can opt out) their one page statement being published in Nexus/TASA blog/Postgraduate blog;
  • Applicant has not previously been a recipient of the bursary;
  • Applicant is a financial TASA member as at the closing date for bursary applications; and
  • Applicant agrees to submit a brief report (can opt out) on their research, their conference experience and what receiving the bursary meant to their studies, to be published in Nexus/TASA blog/Postgraduate blog, if awarded a bursary.

    The following Selection Criteria will be taken into consideration:

    • Significance of research to conference theme - 25
    • Contribution research will make to Australian sociology - 25
    • Location/distance from conference venue - 20
    • Financial hardship and/or care responsibilities (where this impacts on capacity to pay for conference attendance) - 20
    • Commitment to TASA (eg years of membership) - 10
      NOTE: the selection panel will normally consist of the Vice President and Postgraduate Portfolio Leader.






    • Nominations (including the Jerzy Zubrzycki Bursary) must be made on this online nomination form.
    • Applications will be reviewed by TASA Executive sub-committee.
    • Up to five bursaries may be awarded each year (there may be more available in 2022 due to not having an in-person conference in 2020 & 2021).
    • Applicants will be notified of the outcome in enough time for those nominees who were not successful to still register for the conference in time to be included in the program (see form for date) and access the ‘Early Bird’ rate (see form for date).
    • The decision of the review panel is final and no further discussions will be entered into.
    • Postgraduate conference bursary recipients will have the payment of their conference registration made by the TASA Office.

    • Postgraduate conference bursary recipients may also be reimbursed for travel costs up to the value set based on their location. Travel funding depending on where the recipient resides and the location of the conference. Travel funding for 2022 is WA up to $950, NT up to $800, SA, Qld & Tasmania up to $500, NSW $400, regional NSW $650, regional Victoria, $250, FNQ up to $650. One claim may be made for each bursary recipient and must include receipts. Expenses may be claimed before or soon after the conference, as long as receipts are provided for all expenses. 

      Please note: you will need to take out travel insurance (usually around $18) if you would like to be reimbursed before the conference.You can include the cost of travel insurance in your claim. 

      Please email Sally from TASA's Office ( and request a claim form.