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Flinders University ACSPRI Fellowship Program, Australia 2023

Application is now open for the ACSPRI Fellowship Program at Flinders University. Interested applicants are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About Flinders University and Fellowship

Flinders University is a public research university centered in Adelaide, South Australia, having a presence in 11 locations across South Australia and the Northern Territory.

The 2024–25 ACSPRI Fellowship Program is open to PhD candidates at ACSPRI Member Institutions. The fellowship will give Ph.D. students direct financial assistance and possibilities for professional growth, assisting them in achieving their career goals.


Details about the ACSPRI Fellowship Program at Flinders University:

Scholarship Sponsor: Flinders University, Australia

Scholarship Value: $25,000

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: Postgraduate

Host Institution(s): Flinders University, Australia


  • Each year of the fellowship will include a $10,000 bursary payment ($20,000 total); a cost remission for participation in one ACSPRI course (a total of two courses); 
  • Financial support to attend the ACSPRI Biennial Conference.

Eligibility Criteria for the ACSPRI Fellowship Program

Candidates are advised to meet the following prerequisites to be eligible for the ACSPRI Fellowship Program at Flinders University:

  • Applications for the ACSPRI Fellowship Program must be confirmed candidates (or close to fulfilling the prerequisites for confirmation) and enrolled in a Ph.D. program at an ACSPRI member institution (in either Australia or New Zealand). All social science disciplines and relevant subjects are encouraged to submit applications. The traditional social sciences (such as anthropology, economics, demography, psychology, political science, and sociology, among others), the newly emerging field of computational social sciences/social data science, and related applied fields (such as business, education, public health, and social work), are all included in this.

Selection Criteria

The ACSPRI Fellowship recipients will be chosen based on the below five criteria.

1. Ability to motivate research (importance/significance)

2. Potential for academic impact

3. Potential for policy impact

4. Innovation in method

5. Presentation ability/communication

Below is a brief definition and development of each of these requirements.

1. The ability to motivate their research refers to the ability or capability to promote and inspire intellectual or scientific research in a certain area or issue. It implies the capacity to inspire researchers and scientists, motivating them to investigate novel concepts, carry out experiments, compile data, and look for answers to open-ended issues or difficulties. This competence may be demonstrated by a candidate by outlining fascinating or important problems, providing a solid plan for solving them, highlighting the advantages or consequences of their research, and encouraging enthusiasm for their program of study.

2. Potential for academic impact refers to the possibility or capacity of a certain research project or academic program to have a substantial impact on the academic community. It indicates producing significant and worthwhile results that can enhance ideas, knowledge, or useful applications in a certain discipline. Reviewers should take into account several elements when evaluating academic influence. The potential to address gaps or challenges in current knowledge, the capacity to produce new insights or perspectives, the applicability or relevance to real-world issues or problems, and the potential to influence or shape future research, policies, or practices in the field are a few of these that may be mentioned.

3. The potential for policy impact pertains to a study’s or research program’s potential or possibility of influencing or forming public policies, decision-making procedures, or governmental acts. It implies producing information, perceptions, or suggestions to support and direct the formulation, application, or assessment of policy. Numerous elements are taken into consideration when determining the potential for policy effect.

These could include the applicability or importance of the research results to policy issues or challenges, the reliability and substance of the evidence or data presented, the consistency with policy objectives or priorities, the viability and applicability of the suggested policy recommendations, and the accessibility or communicability of the research to policymakers or stakeholders. It can involve influencing the creation of new policies, forming changes to current policies, aiding in the design or implementation of particular programs or interventions, educating the public or pertinent stakeholders about crucial policy issues, and guiding policy debates and discussions with evidence.

4. Innovation in method describes how new and improved approaches, techniques, and methods (sometimes referred to as “methodologies”) are developed, introduced, and used in research or problem-solving. It denotes a break from conventional approaches and the introduction of fresh, original, or more successful means of doing research or obtaining desired results. Exploring different approaches to data collection, information analysis, experimentation, and research question formulation constitutes innovation in methodologies.

Methodological innovation can result in knowledge expansion, promote ground-breaking discoveries, enhance the repeatability of research findings, increase research capacity, and open up new lines of inquiry. To push the frontiers of knowledge and produce superior research results, it frequently takes creativity, critical thinking, and a willingness to question conventional techniques or paradigms. The following might be a part of the innovation:

• The adoption of new technologies.

• The integration of interdisciplinary approaches.

• The transformation or adaptation of existing methods.

5. Presentation ability and communication message, a concept, or a discovery. It includes the capacity to convey spoken and written material in a manner that is organized, compelling, and clear. Presentation skills encompass a variety of factors, such as:

• Clarity

• Organisation

• Engagement

• Persuasiveness

• Adaptability

In academic settings, effective presentation and communication abilities are crucial. They provide researchers the chance to communicate their findings, work together, spread information, interact with stakeholders, and have a long-lasting effect on their field of study.

Application Process for ACSPRI Fellowship Program

Scholarship application requirements:

  1. Have not formerly received the named scholarship
  2. An existing full-time or part-time student at an ACSPRI member institution
  3. Candidates must supply:
  • A recent curriculum vitae
  • A letter of recommendation from your supervisor
  • A 1-2 page document summarizing how participation in the fellowship will contribute to and enhance the quality of your social science research.
  • A short, 5-minute video presentation stating your research question (s) and the method(s) you offer to address this.

The application will be evaluated by the ACSPRI Executive Committee, and the ACSPRI Fellowship will be given to the selected applicant.

At the biennial ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference, selected candidates will be required to make a brief presentation regarding their research issue. The nominees will be invited as part of their recognition by ACSPRI. The most popular videos from the Conference will be broadcast live and posted on the official ACSPRI and Conference websites.

For further information and to apply, please visit the link below:

The Submission Deadline is: September 30, 2023

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