Postgraduate Corner July 2018

Ashleigh Watson, Griffith University: TASA Post-graduate land is busy as ever – this year, the postgrad portfolio sub-committee is working hard to better support members and deliver more opportunities to develop their research careers. Following on from the great success of our Modern Methodologies workshop, which ran in February this year, we are busy preparing for another workshop and our annual Postgraduate Day. Read on to find out more about both.

Free Workshop on Academic Event Planning and Publishing

On 27 September 2018, TASA is running a free workshop for postgraduate and ECR members at Griffith University, South Bank, Brisbane. ‘Behind the Scenes: How to Run Academic Events and Organise Collaborative Publishing’ will involve practical workshop sessions and a panel with Professor Andy Bennett (Griffith) and Dr Brady Robards (Monash). Participants will take part in activities that practically unpack planning a symposium, securing funding, running an event, and pitching edited collections to publishers. See our postgraduate website for registration info.

This workshop is being run in conjunction with ‘Language, Culture and BELONGING,’ an inter-disciplinary symposium by the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research. This symposium will run on September 26 also at Griffith University, South Bank, Brisbane. We are pleased to support this symposium with one TASA Post-graduate Bursary (up to $300). This bursary is competitive, and open for current postgraduate TASA members who have an abstract accepted. For more information see our website.

TASA Post-graduate Day 2018

The Post-graduate Sub-Committee is bringing you an action-packed Post-graduate Day at the annual TASA Conference. This year we will again take two main focuses with our day: on postgraduate research projects, and post-postgraduate sociology careers. This includes managing the research process, conferencing tips, book publishing, research CVs, grants processes, and finding work in different institutions.

If you’re an established academic or researcher and you’d like to be involved with the postgraduate day, please contact Ashleigh at

TASA Post-graduate Conference Scholarships

Applications for our annual TASA post-graduate conference scholarships will close on August 24, 2018. The prize includes:

  • Registration for the conference (not transferrable to future conferences)
  • Registration for the pre-conference TASA Post-graduate 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 PCSF certificate
  • Travel funding depending on where the recipient resides and the location of the conference (see nomination form for the current year’s amounts.

Eligible applicants will be currently enrolled in an Honours, Masters or PhD program and a current member of TASA. To apply, you must complete the full nomination form which can be found at Also see this website for full award information.

TASA Upcoming Election

The 2019-2020 TASA Executive Committee positions will soon be up for election. The call for nominations will be disseminated on August 1, 2018. I encourage all interested postgrads to consider running for the Post-graduate Portfolio Leader position or volunteer to be part of the Post-graduate Sub-Committee. These are rewarding positions and there is a lot of scope to continue growing the portfolio to provide more support and opportunities for undergraduate, post-graduate and ECR members. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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