SASP Outstanding Postgraduate Research Award

The Outstanding Research Award highlights outstanding student research conducted by postgraduate student members of SASP. Up to three awards will be given out: one First Place award ($500) and up to two Runner-Up awards ($250 each). Our Judging panel will select up to six student finalists to present their research in a special stream at the annual SASP conference.

Award eligibility:

1.  Be enrolled in a postgraduate program at time of submission

2.  Be a student member of SASP

3.  Be available to present their research at the next SASP conference in Auckland, 16-18 April 2020

How to apply

  • Please read the following requirements carefully.
  • Your application must include all three of the following AS ONE DOCUMENT:

(1) A page with your name, contact information (phone, address, e-mail address), school affiliation, current enrolment status, and title of your research project.

(2) A page with an abstract of up to 200 words summarising the research. 

(3) A research summary limited to 500 words single-spaced on a single A4 page (12-point Times New Roman font) detailing Purpose, brief Intro, Method, Results, and Discussion/Implications. The summary can include up to two Tables and/or Figures (that’s 2 in total) and/or extracts from qualitative interview transcripts that are not included in the word count and may be included on additional pages. A reference list is not required. Omit the author’s name and school affiliation within the research summary and abstract, BUT include the title of the submission in the header of every page.

In short, that’s 3 separate pages in the ONE document (with the allowance of 1-2 extra pages for 2 tables and/or figures in total or transcript extracts).

  • Applications can only be submitted electronically as an e-mail attachment (Microsoft Word or PDF format) to Danny Osborne [] by 14 February, 2020. Please write “SASP 2020 Outstanding PG Research Award” as the subject of the email.
  • Please be sure to also submit an abstract in the usual way on the SASP conference website. Please indicate in the abstract submission form that you are applying for the OPRA. You do not have to submit the same abstract – the abstract you submit via the website will be considered in the case that you are not selected as an OPRA Finalist. Please note that student applicants should not agree to be part of a symposium if they intend on applying for the Outstanding Postgraduate Research Award.

Unfortunately, late submissions will not be considered.

Selection process

  • Up to six finalists will be chosen based on the merits of the entire application. In previous years, finalists have submitted applications based on projects that [a] are programmatic (i.e., multi-study papers that build on each other), [b] theoretically innovative, and [c] communicate the implications (theoretical and/or practical) of the results.
  • Finalists and non-finalists will be notified by mid-March, 2020.
  • Unsuccessful applicants’ submissions will still be considered for presentation as part of the SASP conference. (Remember to also submit an individual abstract via the regular portal and indicate that you are also applying for the Outstanding Postgraduate Research Award.)
  • Finalists and non-finalists should register for SASP in the usual way.

Good Luck!

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