Postgraduate Bursaries

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A principal objective of the OCIS conference is to bring together the broad community of international relations scholars, to refresh old associations and seek new networks of communication and collaboration. To this end, the organising committee is committed to attracting as many postgraduate students to participate as possible through the establishment of an OCIS postgraduate bursary. The bursary is designed to cover a proportion of the costs of transport, accommodation, living expenses and registration associated with conference attendance, thus allowing a larger number of students from the Oceanic region to participate.
Bursary guidelines:
For the purposes of the bursary, postgraduate students are defined as students who are enrolled, part-time or full-time, in a higher degree research thesis at a university in the Oceanic region, understood as Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.  However, ‘local’ postgraduate students (from the Greater Brisbane area) are not eligible to apply.
Only postgraduate students who have had their paper proposals accepted by the Organising Committee can apply, and bursaries will only be paid if the student has attended the conference and presented their paper as scheduled on the Conference program. Bursaries will be paid to successful applicants at the end of the Conference.
Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of need. Applicants should write a one page letter, addressed to the OCIS VII Organising Committee (and submitted to, explaining their need for financial assistance to attend the conference. This letter should outline the expenses that will be incurred in attending the conference, the level of support, if any, that the applicant is likely to receive from their home institution and the expected shortfall. All applications should be accompanied by a supporting letter from their academic supervisor.
When a bursary is granted it will be payable only after the original receipts (not copies of receipts, EFTPOS or credit card receipts) are presented to the conference organiser. Original electronic invoices are acceptable and can emailed to No advance payments will be made. Receipts must be submitted at the conference or shortly thereafter (and no later than four weeks from the end of the conference).
Students based in Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory will be eligible for a maximum of $400 support; those based in Western Australia and New Zealand a maximum of $800 support and those based in the Pacific, a maximum of $1,000 support. It must be emphasised that these are maximum amounts, and the actual amount paid will depend upon the total number of applicants, the receipts presented by the awardee and the total amount of available funds under the bursary scheme.