Postgrad Students

October 2019 Newsletter

2020 Scholarship Round – Final Reminder

The 2020 Higher Degree by Research Scholarships round for candidates is drawing to a close.

The round includes scholarship opportunities for domestic applicants (international applications have now closed), and is open to candidates commencing in 2020 as well as those currently enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research program.

These scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded on the basis of academic merit; past research achievements and/or professional experience; alignment with Charles Sturt’s Research Narrative; and the quality of the research proposal.

Specific information on the Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) Scholarships, including eligibility, award value, duration and a link to the online application form can be found here.

Applications for domestic scholarships will close at 5pm (AEDT) on Friday, 31 October 2019.

If you have any queries about applying for scholarships please contact

Research Colloquiums in 2020

Dates for Colloquiums in 2020 have been set and are as follows:

6 March, 3 April, 1 May, 5 June, 7 Aug, 4 Sept, 2 Oct and 6 Nov

The final Research Colloquium for 2019 will be on 18 October. Presenters are:
Ryan Buesnel, Maina Talia, Charles Tupu and Jessica Morthorpe

Please remember that attendance at the Research Colloquiums is a critical component of a HDR students’ candidature and that every effort should be made to attend. Apologies should be sent to me at

Faculty, Supervisor and Student News

We would like to wish our colleague Rev Dr Seforosa Carroll all the very best as she takes up her new position as Program Executive on Mission and Evangelism for the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland. Go well Sef!

Rev Dr Dean Drayton has published a new book titled  ‘Apocalyptic Good News’. The book will be launched on Thursday 3 October at 7.30pm at the Centre for Ministry – 16 Masons Dr, North Parramatta. The book will be on sale for $30. The event is free but to register for catering purposes, please visit this link:

Workshops from the Research Office

To register for any of these online workshops, please go to the Research Office website which can be found here:

 1st Oct R Tutorial Series 8 – Tree models
This unit covers the special data analysis topic, tree models that may refer to a regression tree (if the response variable is continuous) or a classification tree (if the response variable is categorical).
2nd Oct Supervisor Series – Module 3 – Monitoring progress throughout candidature
This module will discuss key issues surrounding candidate progress (both formal and informal) such as: * formal progress activities; * Using timelines and research plans;* Strategies to identify problems or potential issues early * Evaluation of professional development needs * Identifying opportunities to present work at CSU and/or conferences and publication opportunities .
3rd Oct Data Visualisation
There are many ways to visualise and analyse research data. Visualisations and mapping can reveal and highlight trends and patterns in data that may not have been otherwise obvious. This session will demonstrate some techniques that have been used by the Spatial Data Analysis Network (SPAN) to help researchers ;analyse, map and visualise their research data.8th Oct Research Administration 3 – Developing my Research Budget
Are you competent in developing a solid and competitive research budget? This session aims to assist researchers with all facets of budget development.
9th Oct Grants Workshop (Part 1): Becoming grant-ready: before you apply
Why write a funding proposal; developing your own funding strategy: the what (idea), why (significance/impact), when (when should you apply), who (team, collaborators and partners) and where (identifying the right funding agency/ies; where to apply).  Basically these are all the steps to do prior to starting to write the application.
10th Oct Ethics in Research involving Human Participants
Staff and Students who are undertaking research projects which require research ethics approval are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop. This workshop will include: An introduction to research integrity and the responsible conduct of research; An overview of the ethical issues that may arise in your research; Key questions you need to consider; Tools to analyse and address issues; Understanding who needs to make application and how to apply for approval from a Research Ethics Committee; the Codes which apply to your research and your ethics application.
10th Oct Where to publish
This session will outline good practice and introduce you to a checklist of what to look for to identify suspicious publishers
11th Oct Grants Workshop (Part 2): Writing a winning proposal – and what comes next
What makes a good funding application; developmental work; planning writing; seeking (and providing) peer review; grantsmanship; addressing criteria; avoiding common mistakes/pitfalls; and writing tips. It will also touch on – beyond submission -career resilience, support, rejection and resilience, work-life balance and more.
16th Oct HDR Candidate Induction
This session is a welcome and Induction for new HDR Candidates and forms part of probationary requirements. This session has a variety of presenters from the Research Office and Library who share essential information about getting started – what essentials you need to know, the support services available to you, how the Library can help you, your key relationships, working well with your supervisor team, setting expectations, your responsibilities, professional development opportunities available to you and more.
17th Oct My Research Career, Module 5 – Funding, Grant writing
The aim of this module is to develop better skills at grant writing and discuss approaches to writing grant applications.  It will cover topics such as:  Things to consider before applying to a grant scheme;  Different types of grant income;  Developing a funding strategy;  Key components of a grant application.
21st Oct Human Research Ethics Café
Staff and Students who are undertaking research projects which require research ethics approval are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop. This workshop will include: An introduction to research integrity and the responsible conduct of research; An overview of the ethical issues that may arise in your research; Key questions you need to consider; Tools to analyse and address issues; Understanding who needs to make application and how to apply for approval from a Research Ethics Committee; the Codes which apply to your research and your ethics application.
24th Oct Introduction to CRO and linking your ORCiD profile
This session will help you understand and get the best out of your CRO profile.  It will cover adding publications to CRO, adding to your profile and linking your CRO profile with your ORCiD profile.
29th Oct Supervisor Series – Module 4 – Managing problems and difficulties, providing feedback
Module 4 will discuss; Strategies when problems arise, monitoring and managing your own workload, resource problems, equipment failures, necessary changes in the research plan; breakdown of supervision/candidate relationship or the supervision team; managing team changes, providing feedback on potential problems, developing constructive feedback.
31st Oct Ethics in Research involving Animals
It is essential that all persons involved in the care and use of animals have the necessary skills and knowledge.  If your research project requires research ethics approval you are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop. It includes: Research integrity and the responsible conduct of research; Ethical issues;  Key questions to consider; Tools to analyse and address issues; Who needs to and how to apply; the Codes which apply to your research.
31st Oct Research Supervision – Masterclass
This masterclass is aimed at experienced supervisors who want to update their practice and share supervisory approaches. Hugh Kearns draws on his experience of working with thousands of research students and research supervisors across the world.  It will look at how to help both the supervisor and the student get the most out of the post-graduate research experience as well as providing the opportunity for supervisors to share their experiences of what works and what doesn’t.

2019 Feminist Theologies Conference

Power, Authority, Love

Pilgrim Theological College, Vic
11-12 October 2019

Confirmed plenary presentations:

  • Reverend Dr Seforosa Caroll (Sydney),
  • Reverend Dr Sally Douglas (Melbourne),
  • Dr Janice McRandal (Brisbane).
  • Professor Nicola Slee (Birmingham and Amsterdam),

The conference will include:
Janette Gray RSM Lecture by Nicola Slee; 7.30pm on Friday 11 October.
For further information, please visit this link:

2019 Morpeth Lecture

University of Newcastle
5 November 5.30 – 7.30pm

Our colleague Dr Michael Mawson will be will be presenting the Morpeth Lecture at the University of Newcastle with a topic on “How to Think about Ageing: Insights from Disability“.

Reflecting on the relationship between ageing and disability, this lecture will explore how insights from disability theology and disability studies contribute to richer, more concrete understandings of ageing and the complexities of the field. 

For more information or to register for the lecture, please visit this link:

Worldview Symposium 2019

Shaping the Future of Missions Training

Launceston, Tasmania
12-13 November 2019

Recent decades have seen a dramatic shift in our missionaries’ expectations of length of service, amount and content of pre-field preparation, and continuing on-field training. How have our models of mission training kept pace with these developments? The Worldview Symposium brings together mission agency leaders, training providers, and course administrators. Join us as we spend time hearing from one another’s experiences, sharing best practices, and developing new ideas for mission training which respond to the needs of today, and of the future.


Academic Writing Retreat in Bali

Bali Mountain Retreat
17-23 November

This inter-university academic writing retreat is held in a compound of traditional houses located in the crisp mountain air of central Bali. It is surrounded by views of forests, plantations and rice terraces. The retreat offers a selection of inspiring and aesthetic spaces in which to write. It also provides private rooms, a restaurant, café, spa, yoga shala and ‘Joglo’ (traditional open plan meeting hall).

The writing retreat provides a focused opportunity for academics to make significant advances in their research and scholarly writing in a supportive social and natural environment. Scholars plan their writing goals and strategic outputs, and along the way reflect on writing habits in order gain insights into sustainable writing practices. The retreat is open to all scholars at any stage of their career.

For more information, email the coordinator A/Prof Anita Lundberg (James Cook University):

For info about Bali Mountain Retreat please email:

ANZATS Conference 2020

Call for Papers

The 2020 ANZATS Conference will  be held at the University of Adelaide on 5-9 July in conjunction with the International meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.  The Call for Papers is being issued much earlier than usual.  This is because SBL requires the papers mid January at the latest. The cut-off date is 13 December 2019.

There are nine ANZATS streams you might consider submitting a paper to. Proposal abstracts should be no more than 250 words in length and include your full name and academic title, institutional affiliation, and email address.

For further information, please visit

ANZATS Conference 2020

New and Emerging Scholars Scholarships

ANZATS is committed to supporting and encouraging new and emerging scholars in our discipline. To this end, in 2019 the Council established a New and Emerging Scholars stream for Conference papers. The inaugural stream held at Carey Baptist College in Auckland in July attracted a high number of quality papers.
Details of the New and Emerging Scholars stream for 2020 will be posted on the ANZATS website:

In addition, the ANZATS Council is pleased once again to offer up to three scholarships to HDR candidates and doctoral graduates of the last two years. The scholarships are valued at $800 each (max) and will be awarded for papers that will be delivered in the stream at the 2020 Conference. Applicants must show evidence that they are currently enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research course at a member institution of ANZATS or have completed their doctoral degree at a member institution within the last two years.

The second ANZATS Award for New and Emerging Scholars will be presented at the Conference for the best paper from among those delivered by the scholarship winners. The paper will be considered for publication in the ANZATS journal, Colloquium.

New and emerging scholars are encouraged to submit a full paper to Myk Habets ( by 13 December 2019, and to indicate in their covering email whether they would like to be considered for a scholarship. They should also attach an academic reference from their supervisor or employer. An assessment panel will consider applications and report the winners of the scholarships by the end of March 2020.

Positions Vacant

Dean, School of Graduate Research – Full Time
University of Divinity, Kew, Victoria

The School of Graduate Research (SGR) is a new entity within the University, established by the University Council to strengthen and grow the University’s prestigious research training program. The University seeks to appoint both the inaugural Dean and Registrar of the SGR, creating an exciting and unique opportunity to lead one of Australia’s largest research training environments in theology and ministry.

For more information, please visit this website:

Applications close 15 October 2019.