Federal Minister’s Award for Early Career Researcher


The Federal Housing Minister’s Award for Early Career Researchers (ECR Award), sponsored by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), is awarded at each Australasian Housing Researchers Conference.

The purpose of the ECR Award is to recognise excellence among those beginning their careers in housing and urban research.

All abstracts submitted by early career researchers to the next Australasian Housing Researchers Conference in Melbourne (February 2017) will be considered for this award.


Judging process

The judging process for this award is as follows:

A review committee first assesses the eligibility for the award of the early career researcher submitting an abstract for the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference 2017.

Applicants for the award must:

  • have gained their PhD since February 2012, or
  • be otherwise new (less than five years as at November 2016) to the arena of housing or urban research.

Additionally, abstracts submitted for this award must show:

  • independent thought and work, and
  • originality.

From this process, a short-list of abstracts in contention for the award will be created. Short-listed abstracts will then be assessed on the basis of:

  • the conference presentation, and
  • their potential impact on the practice of policy and theory in the area of housing and urban research.

Abstracts and presentations will be assessed against the following five criteria:

  1. logical linkage of theory and practice
  2. clarity of thought and argument progression
  3. originality
  4. contribution to the body of knowledge
  5. potential for practical application.


Award presentation

A cash prize of $500 and trophy provided by AHURI will be presented to the winner of the next Federal Minister’s Award for Early Career Housing Researcher at the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference dinner.