The AAIS has established a scholarship to assist a research student with costs related to attending the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS) to present their full research paper or research in progress paper. The focus of the scholarship is specifically on students (Honours or PhD) who meet at least one of the following equity criteria: Indigenous Australasians; live in a rural or remote region; or would not otherwise be able to attend due to financial support not being offered by their university. The objective of the scholarship is to enable broader participation of research students, with the view of growing the diversity of Information Systems scholars in the Australasian region.

The 30th ACIS will be held in Fremantle from 9 to 11 December, 2019, hosted by Curtin University. In this inaugural scholarship year, up to two scholarships will be awarded. All Australian, New Zealand, and Oceanic nation research students who meet the equity criteria can apply.

Scholarship Inclusions:

1. Conference attendance fee, including 1 ticket to conference dinner

2. Refund of expenses up to $1,500.00 after conference attendance and submission of valid receipts. As a guide, a valid expense is an expense that would be allowable under Australian Taxation rules. Accommodation expenses will be paid as part of this amount when staying at a registered accommodation provider that issues valid tax receipts.

3. Free AIS student membership for one year (kindly sponsored by the AIS).

Important Dates:

The submission deadline is announced annually via the AAIS mailing list (IS-Aus). These dates usually fall in October-November. The winner(s) of the scholarship are notified in writing.

2020 deadline: TBA

Application Requirements:

Selection is competitive, so please provide a clear justification with as much detail as possible. You must supply all relevant supporting documents by the closing date for your application to be considered.

The following attachments are required:

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Supervisor’s supporting letter, also addressing the major justification for application
  • Copy of conference acceptance letter of full research paper or research in progress paper
  • Other supporting documents (as outlined under the Rules below) that are evidence to support your application.


Nominations are to be sent via email to the AAIS President and AAIS Secretary (see for details), for distribution to the Judging Panel. All components of the nomination, as listed above, need to be submitted electronically. The files can be either Word (.doc/docx) documents or pdf files.

Judging Panel:

Each year the AAIS Executive will appoint a chair and two panel members to process the applications and make the recommendation(s) to the AAIS Executive.

For 2019, the judging panel is composed of:

Professor Tanya McGill, Murdoch University (Panel Chair)
Dr Sean Maynard,  University of Melbourne
Dr Ida Someh, University of Queensland

Scholarship Rules:

  • Currently enrolled as an Honours or PhD student at an Australian, New Zealand or Oceanic nation university.
  • Full research paper or research in progress paper accepted at current year’s ACIS conference.
  • Research topic is considered by the Selection Panel to be situated in the Information Systems discipline.
  • Applicant must be available to attend the three days of the conference, with optional attendance at the Welcome Reception.
  • The applicant has never been awarded this scholarship.
  • The applicant has not been sponsored by their home institution to attend the Doctoral Consortium.
  • A fully completed application form and required documents must be received by the due date.
  • Indigenous scholarship applicants must include a letter from an indigenous organisation, indigenous support officer at the enrolling university, or a community elder to confirm heritage.
  • If applying for a financial scholarship, a letter from the Head of School indicating that the School cannot fund students presenting at conferences
  • All applicants will be notified of the outcome.