ANSA, in conjunction with the Australian Anthropological Society (AAS), offers a number of travel grants for current and recent postgraduate by research students, to assist them with meeting costs incurred in travelling to the annual AAS conference. In 2018, the conference will be held at James Cook University, Cairns from 4-7 December. For full details on the conference please visit the website. http://www.aasconf.org/2018/.
The winners of the 2018 AAS/ANSA Travel Grants were announced on 13 September 2018:
- Sascha Fuller, University of Sydney (Robyn Wood Award)
- Aqua Hastings, University of Newcastle (Remote Area Award)
- Jennifer Smith, University of Southern Queensland
- Meherose Borthwick, University of Sydney
- Paul Chambers, University of Adelaide
- Katherine Giunta, University of Sydney
- Hanna Jagtenberg, University of Adelaide
- Stefanie Puszka, Charles Darwin University
- Simon Theobald, Australian National University
- Viktoria Adler, Swinburne University of Technology
AAS/ANSA Travel Grant Information
Three kinds of travel grants are offered: The Robyn Wood Travel Grant—awarded to one person annually, and considers students’ financial needs—The Remote Area Travel Grant—awarded to one person annually, and considers accessibility to conventional means of transport—and The AAS/ANSA Postgraduate Travel Grants. Those who apply for, but do not receive, the Robyn Wood Travel Grant or the Remote Area Travel Grant will automatically be considered for an AAS/ANSA Postgraduate Travel Grant. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are particularly encouraged to apply.
AAS/ANSA Postgraduate Travel Grants
In 2006 the AAS began offering travel grants to postgraduate students presenting a paper at the annual AAS Conference. By continuing to provide this funding, the AAS is ensuring that the valuable contribution of postgraduate students at the AAS Conference continues to be supported.
The Robyn Wood Travel Grant
Though Robyn Wood was not herself an anthropologist, she nevertheless made a major contribution to the welfare of the discipline in Australia in three inter-related contexts—as principal administrator to the Department of Anthropology at the University of Sydney from 1974 to her retirement in 1994, as office manager for the Australian Anthropological Society from 1994 to her death in 2006 and, most notably, as production manager of The Australian Journal of Anthropology, also from 1994 to 2006. The Robyn Wood Travel Grant was an initiative of The Australian Journal of Anthropology. Unsuccessful applicants for this grant will remain in consideration for an AAS/ANSA Postgraduate Travel Grant.
The Remote Area Travel Grant
ANSA is offering one Remote Area Travel Grant which will be awarded to an applicant residing in a remote area at the time of the annual AAS Conference. As with the other kinds of travel grant, the purpose of the Remote Area Travel Grant is to assist the applicant with their travel costs in attending the conference to present a paper. To be successful for this category of grant, the applicant must demonstrate why they consider their departure point is located within a remote area. Unsuccessful applicants for this grant will remain in consideration for an AAS/ANSA Postgraduate Travel Grant.
- Applicants must be members of the Australian Anthropological Society (AAS).
- Applicants must be members of the Australian Network of Student Anthropologists (ANSA).
- The purpose of the travel grant is to assist candidates in developing their research. Therefore, applicants must have submitted an abstract for a paper at the AAS annual conference. The award of a travel grant will be conditional on the acceptance of the candidate’s paper at the AAS conference in the year of application.
- Applicants must either be enrolled in an Honours, Masters by Research or PhD program at an Australian university OR have submitted their Honours, Masters by Research or PhD thesis (via an Australian university) on or after the first day of the previous AAS annual conference: 11 December 2017.
- AAS/ANSA Travel Grants are intended to cover the cost of a return airfare from a postgraduate’s primary location of residence. Because of this, postgraduates who reside in the state or territory where the conference is being held are not eligible to apply for a travel grant. Those applying for the Remote Area Travel Grant may reside in the same state or territory where the conference is being held, but need to demonstrate how they consider their location to be remote.
- ANSA seeks to provide grants to applicants from a range of institutions. When awarding grants, ANSA will avoid, where possible, granting more than two awards to applicants enrolled at the same university department.
- Applicants may receive a maximum of two AAS/ANSA Postgraduate Travel Grants / Robyn Wood Travel Grants / Remote Area Travel Grants (awarded between 2006 and the present).
- The ANSA President and Secretary are ineligible for Travel Grants in their year of office.
Guidelines for awarding grants
The number of AAS/ANSA Postgraduate Travel Grants made available in any given year is determined by the AAS (in conjunction with donor organisations where applicable). Grant recipients are selected jointly by the ANSA President and Secretary, and submitted to the AAS Executive for final approval. The selection criteria for the grants are as follows.
- Application meets the eligibility criteria outlined in section 2 (above).
- Preference will be given to those who have not received a grant in previous years.
- Preference will be given to those who have no other sources of funding. Special consideration will be given to students who establish a special financial need.
- Preference will be given to those who live in areas where travel to the conference is most costly.
- Special consideration will be given to students who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
- The Robyn Wood Travel Grant is determined based on fulfillment of the eligibility criteria (in section 2), the above criteria, and the short description of ‘financial need’ identified by the applicant.
- The Remote Area Travel Grant is determined based on fulfillment of the eligibility criteria (in section 2), the above criteria, and the short description of accessibility to conventional means of transport identified by the applicant.
Value of travel grants
Travel grant amounts are tiered depending on the cost of air travel from the applicant’s primary place of residence to the conference venue in any given year. In 2018, the AAS Conference venue is James Cook University in Cairns, and the grant amounts are as follows:
- By virtue of applying, all applicants agree to reimburse the AAS any money received if they fail to present a paper at the conference for which the grant has been awarded. A grant must be used in the year it is awarded.
- Grant holders are to acknowledge the support of the AAS and ANSA in any refereed publication resulting from their conference paper.
- ANSA will endeavor to announce the recipients of travel awards towards the end of September 2017.
- Payment of the Travel Grant is via internet banking transfer at the discretion of the AAS Treasurer. ANSA has no direct control over the timing of payments.