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Precarious Work Bursary Fund

Applications for TASA 2024 will open on Monday July 22nd and close on Monday August 19th.

TASA’s Precarious Work Bursary Fund was established in 2018 and is funded by TASA. The bursary aims to support participation at TASA annual conferences by those academics or applied sociologists who find themselves in casual or fixed term work conditions.  Precarious work is defined for these bursaries as non-standard employment characterized by sub-standard work benefits. This broad definition has been further clarified to include the criteria of holding casual positions or a fixed term contract of no more than six months.


The Bursary

The recipient of the bursary will receive:

  • Registration for TASA 2024
  • Travel funding amounts for TASA 2024 will be listed in April.
Note, you can apply for a conference bursary if you reside in state the conference is being held in and, if awarded, you would get complimentary registration. 
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2019 Recipients
2019 Recipients

  • Fabian Cannizzo
  • Anna Denejkina
  • Simone Marino
  • Ramon Menéndez Domingo
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2018 Inaugural Recipients
2018 Inaugural Recipients
  • Angela Leahy
  • Lara McKenzie
  • Karima Moraby
  • Maree Martinussen
  • Judy Rose

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Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility Criteria

Those eligible for consideration of the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant has submitted a conference abstract, of which they are first or sole author, by the conference submission date;
  • Applicant has submitted a Nomination form, including a one page statement outlining the significance of their research to the conference theme and the contribution the research will make to Australian sociology;
  • Applicant has not previously been a recipient of the bursary;
  • Applicant is, at the time of submitting the application, in fixed term contract work of no more than six months or casual work.
  • Applicant has a PhD and is a financial TASA member as at the closing date for scholarship applications; and
  • Applicant agrees (can opt out) to submit a brief report on their research, their conference experience and what receiving the bursary meant to them, to be published in Nexus/TASA blog, if awarded a bursary.

The following Selection Criteria will be taken into consideration:

  • Significance of research to conference theme (25 points)
  • Contribution research will make to Australian sociology (25 points)
  • Location/distance from conference venue (20 points)
  • Financial hardship and/or care responsibilities (where this impacts on capacity to pay for conference attendance) (20 points)
  • Commitment to TASA (eg years of membership) (10 points)

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Application Procedure and Nomination form
Application Procedure and Nomination form
  • Nominations must be made on the official nomination form.
  • Applications will be reviewed by TASA Executive sub-committee.
  • Up to five bursaries may be awarded each year.
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome in enough time for those nominees who were not successful to still register for the conference in time to be included in the program and access the ‘Early Bird’ rate.
  • The decision of the review panel is final and no further discussions will be entered into.
  • Precarious work bursary recipients will be emailed a special link to use to access the complimentary conference registration.
  • Precarious work bursary recipients will also be reimbursed for travel costs up to the value set based on their location; Travel funding amounts for TASA 2024 will be listed in April. . Note, you can apply for a conference bursary if you reside in Sydney and, if awarded, you would get complimentary registration. One claim may be made for each bursary winner and must include receipts. Expenses may be claimed before or soon after the conference, as long as receipts are provided for all expenses. Please note: you will need to take out travel insurance (usually around $40) if you would like to be reimbursed before the conference. You can include the cost of travel insurance in your claim. Please email Sally at the TASA Office ( and request a claim form.

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Selection Panel
Selection Panel

Selection panel will normally consist of the Vice President (Conference Convenor) and one further TASA executive member.


From left, Evan Willis (recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award), Kirsten MacLean (Conference MC), Xiaoying Qi (2013 JMA recipient), Adam Possamai (2013 JMA Chair), Eileen Clark (2013 recipient of the Outstanding Service to TASA Award), Jo Lindsay (2012/2013 TASA President), & Gary Bouma (recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award).

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