Prizes and Travel Awards

Taylor and Francis Prize for Best Paper by a New Researcher
The purpose of this prize is to foster original research by encouraging new and less experienced researchers. A prize of $1000 will be awarded to the paper written by a new researcher/s which makes a significant contribution to research in the field of tertiary education. Authors of full refereed papers should indicate if they are a new researcher. Reviewers will nominate eligible papers for this prize and the papers will be judged by a committee chaired by the Executive Editor of HERD.


HERDSA Prize for Best Scholarly Paper
This award of $500 and one year membership to HERDSA, is open to all papers accepted for presentation as a full refereed paper. Reviewers will nominate eligible papers for this prize and the papers will be judged by a committee chaired by the Executive Editor of HERD.


Edith Cowan University Prize For the Best Paper on an Authentic Learning Environment
The purpose of the Edith Cowan University Prize for the Best Paper on an Authentic Learning Environment is to promote the development of authentic learning environments in all facets of university teaching and learning, and to support the dissemination and publication of good practice associated with these environments. An authentic learning environment can be described as one where activities represent the types of complex tasks performed by professionals in the field, rather than decontextualised or contrived activities. Students have access to supporting resources and engage in collaboration, articulation and reflection as they produce outcomes typical of quality performance.

The award will comprise a certificate and prize of $1000 and it will be awarded to the paper which in the opinion of a panel of judges makes a significant contribution to knowledge about authentic learning environments in higher education.

To be consider for this prize, papers must satisfy the eligibility criteria and address the criteria for judging for this prize


HERDSA Prize for Best Paper Presentation by a Student
The purpose of the prize is to encourage students to disseminate their work at national and international higher education conferences. Applicants must be presenting a full refereed paper or showcase at the HERDSA conference in order to be eligible for this prize. A prize of $450 will be awarded to a presentation judged on the student’s ability to effectively communicate as well as on the academic content of their presentation. Members of the HERDSA Executive New Scholars portfolio will judge the presentations.


HERDSA Prize for Best Poster
All posters are eligible for this prize of $300. The purpose of the prize is to promote and recognise excellence in the ability to visually communicate ideas, findings or outcomes related to tertiary education. Posters will be assessed by all conference delegates – on both the ability to visually communicate as well as on the academic content of the poster. Instructions on voting by the delegates will be provided during the conference.


HERDSA Travel Awards to attend the HERDSA Conference
A travel award of up to $1,000 is available to provide support for a person to attend and participate in the HERDSA conference. Preference will normally be given to people who

  • can demonstrate financial hardship (e.g. full-time student, geographical location or other personal circumstances)
  • are able to attend the full conference
  • have submitted a conference paper based on their research
  • are willing to make a contribution to HERDSA News if asked
  • have had limited, or no, opportunities to attend similar conferences
  • have not previously received a HERDSA travel award.

Applications for the Travel Award should be sent to the HERDSA Office (office@herdsa.org.au) addressing the above criteria.  (Closing Date – date when final paper acceptance notified)