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There are a wide range of websites providing advice for postgrad students. We have included a selection of some that have been useful to TASA postgrads. This is intended to be a dynamic and expanding list, so if you have any favorites you think should be listed please let Karen Soldatic — your Postgraduate TASA Executive Member—know about them.

The resources are grouped under a number of general headings. Just below are a number of general resources related to the postgraduate experience. There are also links provided for:

The Thesis Whisperer is a blog newspaper dedicated to the topic of doing a thesis and is edited by Dr Inger Mewburn, Director of research training at the Australian National University.

9 Publishing Basics for Anyone Submitting to a Scholarly Journal


For inspiration – Life after the PhD: 8 inspiring post-PhD interview websites.

The Keogh Lab

This is a page of student resources put together by Scott Keogh, in Botany & Zoology at ANU. While Scott’s focus is science, a lot of the material and links on his site are relevant to all students. This is well worth checking out for links for advice, motivation, giving talks and more.

PhD stages

University of Queensland – Advice for all stages of PhD study.

University of New South Wales – Post grad research resources

Includes documents on how to write a thesis and research proposal advice.

Guidelines for writing a successful thesis

by Prof. Isaac Prilleltensky, Department of Psychology, Victoria University .

How to get a job

A site for University of Cambridge PhD students. Includes advice on CVs, referees and applications. Other links from the site include general advice, plus advice on applying for grants.

The Joint Academic Scholarship Online Network (JASON)

Completely searchable, JASON is a national database of postgraduate scholarships. It includes a broad range of funding opportunities – from one-off payments for particular research projects, to full scholarships covering living expenses and fees.

ASiE Australians Study in Europe!

This website is dedicated to making it easier for Australians to embark on postgraduate study in Europe. As well as providing a host of links to relevant websites in Europe and Australia, ASiE also undertakes research and consultation with the EU Commission, European governments and a great number of universities and foundations. The aim is to produce and update as much as possible all information concerning grants and scholarships available to Australian students seeking to pursue doctoral studies in Europe.

The EU Australia Pilot Cooperation in Higher Education

For information on the Pilot Program, please visit:

Participant Observer Newsletter

Participant Observer is a regular newsletter produced by graduate students in the Disipline of Anthroplogy and Sociology, University of Western Australia.

Research Together

Forums and advice for (mainly Nth. Hemisphere) graduate students. Includes off-site storage for electronic documents.


A support group for people who cannot finish their thesis. Aimed at North American PhD students, but hours of interesting time wasting available here!

Research Organisations

ARC: Australian Research Council

Academy of Social Sciences in Australia

Australian Institute of Family Studies

ESRC: Economic & Social Research Council (UK)

NHMRC: National Health and Medical Research Council

NATSEM: National Centre for Social & Economic Modelling

SPRC: Social Policy Research Centre

Social Science Research Council (USA)

Australian Social Science Data Archives

International Federation of Data Organisations

UNRISD: United Nations Research Institute for Social Devcelopment

ACOSS: Australian Council of Social Services

Research Methods

The Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI)

Based in Canberra, offers week long courses twice a year in introductory, intermediate and advanced research methods – both qualitative and quantitative.


Social Science methodology information from the University of Amsterdam .

Qualitative Research

AQR: Association for Qualitative Research

The Cave

Links for qualitative and other researchers.

Quantitative Research

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Just about anything you could want to know about the Australian population.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Internet Glossary of statistical terms

Uniform Crime Reports (UCR)

UCR is a city, county, and state law enforcement program which provides a nationwide view of crime based on the submission of statistics by law enforcement agencies throughout the United States .

International Crime Victimisation Survey

The main aim of the ICVS is to provide solid data on crime and victimisation for the purpose of international comparison. It uses victimisation surveys as opposed to official statistics. It has some quite disturbing results for Australia !

Government, Union & Postgraduate Associations