Ainslie Elbra awarded Stein Rokkan Grant

4 August 2014

Ainslie Elbra awarded Stein Rokkan Travel Grant
Ainslie Elbra awarded Stein Rokkan Travel Grant

Last week I was part of a contingent of Australian political researchers, including several from the University of Sydney, who attended the International Political Science Association's (IPSA) 2014 World Congress. The World Congress was held against the backdrop of picturesque Montreal, Canada. This was not only an opportunity for me to engage with key researchers in my field, but I was also recognised through the award of the IPSA Stein Rokkan Award.

The Award is granted to promising graduate students presenting at the bi-annual Congress and facilitates travel to the following World Congress. What made this award all the more meaningful, was that I received it at the same event as the Department of Government and International Relations Professor Pippa Norris, who was awarded IPSA's prestigious Karl Deutsch Award.

The Congress provided a fantastic opportunity to present my PhD research to fellow political scientists working in the area of business and politics, while also providing inspiration and motivation as I enter the last phase of my PhD. Furthermore, the Congress provided me the opportunity to help develop a new research agenda with my fellow panelists. The sheer number of attendees also meant that I was able to engage with several pre-eminent academics’ work over the course of the five days.

International Conferences, such as IPSA's World Congress, can facilitate detailed and specific feedback on your research, as well as the opportunity to build professional contacts - both of which are invaluable in the final stages of your post-graduate studies. Overall, I cannot recommend highly enough the value of attending an international conference to other final year PhD candidates.

For more information on the award for Ainslie, click on the following link: