HDR Candidate news

2018 CSU 3MT finalists

Writing-Up Awards now open!

Applications are now open for the 2018 rouPerson typing on a laptopnd of Writing-Up Awards.

These awards provide a scholarship of $10,000 to authors during the preparation of research articles or books which are based on their thesis submitted for a PhD.

Candidates who have submitted their thesis for examination since 4 August 2017 or who will submit before 3 August 2018 are eligible to apply. Applications close Friday 3 August 2018 at 5pm.

For application forms and full details, please visit the information page on the Research Office website.

CSU 3MT Final

The 3MT Final was held last Wednesday, 27 June at the Council Chambers in Wagga. Eight PhD candidates competed, each describing their thesis in just 3 minutes. It was a very well attended, and was an excellent showcase of the research talent being developed at CSU.

2018 CSU 3MT finalists
2018 CSU 3MT finalists

We would like to congratulate Sue Weerasekara, School of Management and Marketing (at left of the group), who did a fantastic job representing BJBS in the final. Sue’s topic was,  ‘Small Business is a BIG Deal!’

Here is a link to the CSU News media release about the event and the competition winner, Michelle Toutounji: CSU 3MT winner asks if White Rice is Naughty or Nice?

If you are interested, please keep this in mind for 2019!

Welcome to new candidates

The Faculty would like to extend a warm welcome to the following HDR candidates who are commencing in 201860:

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  • Ljiljana Galovic, Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security
  • Debra Metcalf, School of Psychology
  • Nathan Beehag, School of Psychology
  • Christina Farrell, School of Psychology
  • Augustine Thien, School of Computing and Mathematics

Also, a reminder for all that the next HDR Candidate Welcome and Induction session is happening on Tuesday 14 August, 2018. Please visit the Professional Development Calendar to register for this session. These sessions are highly recommended for new candidates and provide essential information about getting started.

Attending an induction session is also part of the probationary conditions for candidature so if you haven’t completed this previously, you will still be classified as ‘on probation’.

August census date – 3 August, 2018


A reminder that the August census date is now approaching. In order to avoid delays in the examination process please ensure examiners are finalised as soon as possible.

The Principal Supervisor to contact potential examiners and complete the Notification of Readiness to Submit Thesis & Appointment of Examiners form and forward to the Sub Dean Graduate Studies, Ramudu Bhanugopan for review.


If you are planning on taking leave for session 2, 2018 please make sure your Application for Leave form is completed as soon as possible. It is important that this is submitted at least 2 weeks prior to census date (20 July 2018).

For any questions, please contact Hayley Gifford or Annette Doherty (Graduate Studies Liaison Officers) at FOBJBS-GSLO@csu.edu.au

Save the date – 2018 BJBS HDR Conference, 16-17 October, Wagga Wagga

Save the dateHigher Degree Research students, along with their supervisors, are asked to save the dates of Tuesday 16th October and Wednesday 17th October for the Faculty Higher Degree by Research Conference and Dinner in Wagga Wagga.

When: 16th & 17th October, 2018
Where: Commercial Club, Wagga Wagga

The symposium will provide an opportunity for students to present their work and participate in workshops with their supervisors, other HDR students and senior researchers.

Registration fees for the symposium will be covered by the faculty, including meals and one night accommodation in Wagga Wagga on the 16th October (for those travelling to attend).

A formal invitation will follow soon.

Grant opportunities for HDR candidates

Research Office Travel Support grants scheme openStack of coins

The Research Office has launched a new travel grants scheme for Higher Degree by Research candidates, providing up to $1,000. The scheme includes two types of grants:

  • Conference Travel (to present a paper)
  • Equity Travel (for research-related travel where there is financial need)

HDR candidates can apply for the grants at any time during the year. Applications will be considered by the Faculty Sub Dean Graduate Studies and approved by the Director of Research. There is a limited amount of funding allocated per year, and therefore, grants will only be awarded if funding is available. For further details, and to apply, please see the application form.

FoBJBS HDR Operating Fund grants – current round closing 9th July

Applications for the current round of HDR Operating Fund Grants close 5pm, Monday 9th July.  For further details of the scheme, including award amounts and eligibility criteria, please see the application form, which includes full guidelines.

Further rounds will be advertised during the next few months.

Any enquiries can be directed to the Faculty Graduate Studies Liaison Officer, Hayley Gifford (Monday-Wednesday) or Annette Doherty (Thursday-Friday) at FOBJBS-GSLO@csu.edu.au or Sub Dean (Graduate Studies), A/Prof Ramudu Bhanugopan bramudu@csu.edu.au