The AQUA 2024 conference organisers are offering four student travel awards to support attendance and presentation at the biennial meeting in Brisbane from the 24th to 28th June 2024.

To be considered for support, applicants must be, or must become, current members of AQUA and have submitted an abstract to present either a talk or a poster at the conference. Awards will be granted according to the assessment criteria detailed below. Please visit to become a member or renew your membership.

Please return the completed application documents via email to Charles Maxson ( by 23rd February 2024. We will endeavour to announce the outcome by the 1st of March.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, a student must:

1. be a current member of AQUA or become a member before the award is provided.

2. be enrolled in a higher degree by research at the time of application.

3. submit an abstract for a first-authored oral or poster presentation along with the application.

4. have a genuine financial need to request travel support. Students with other grant support for attendance are not eligible.

5. submit all required application documents by the deadline.

6. agree to write a short report for a future edition of Quaternary Australasia.

Assessment criteria

Travel awards will be assessed by the AQUA executive sub-committee on student prizes (see below) and applications will be ranked primarily according to: (i) financial need and, or, lack of other funding, with secondary consideration given to (ii) benefit to the recipient and AQUA community, and (iii) quality of the abstract, as evidenced by the required application documents.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered by the assessment committee.

Priority will be given to students who have not previously received AQUA travel awards.

The AQUA travel awards are intended to support students who lack funding to attend the biennial meeting. As funding is limited, we ask students not to apply if they already have other funding to support their travel.

All information provided will be treated as strictly confidential

AQUA executive sub-committee on student prizes:

Charles Maxson, Micheline Campbell, Juliet Sefton, and Lydia Mackenzie.

Required documents

1. Fill in the linked application form with a summary of financial need, lack of other funding, anticipated benefits to your research and AQUA community, a simple budget (travel, accommodation and food) and very brief outline of your HDR research.

2. A statement of support from your primary supervisor outlining no other internal, external, or alternative funding availability (download template here)

3. A copy of your first-authored AQUA abstract to be submitted to the conference.

4. A one-page academic CV.