Award information

The Federal Housing Minister's Award for Early Career Housing Researchers (ECR Award) is administered by AHURI and awarded annually at the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference (AHRC). This Award recognises excellence among those beginning their careers in housing and urban research.


The purpose of the ECR Award is to acknowledge the potential and performance of someone with less than five years experience in housing research. A cash prize of $500 and trophy is awarded to the ECR submitting the winning paper at the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference.

Judging process

Full papers must be submitted by the ECR as a sole author and must be an original contribution to housing and urban research. Papers will be assessed by double-blind peer reviewed.

A review committee for the Award, incorporating representatives of the Conference Organising Committee, in conjunction with a representative from AHURI, will first assess the eligibility of the submitted papers.

Applicants for the Award must:

  • have gained their PhD within the last five years, or
  • were otherwise new (less than 5 years) to the arena of housing research.

Additionally, all papers submitted for the ECR Award must show:

  • independent thought and work
  • originality.

From this process, a short-list of papers in contention for the Award will be created. Short-listed papers will then be assessed on the basis of their potential impact on the practice of policy and theory in the area of housing and urban research.

Papers will be assessed against the following five criteria, with each criteria potentially earning papers between 0 and 5 points:

  • logical linkage of theory and practice
  • clarity of thought and argument progression
  • originality
  • contribution to the body of knowledge
  • potential for practical application.

The judging process for the ECR Award has been designed by the review committee and AHURI to ensure that the successful applicant for the Award has undertaken original and policy-relevant research and reporting in line with the AHURI's goals of making a positive impact on the practice of policy and theory and encouraging excellence and vitality in the sector.

ECR Award paper submission

All people wishing to be considered for the ECR Award must:

  • fit the critera above
  • submit a paper to the AHRC
  • register for the AHRC
  • attend and present at that year's AHRC.

Last updated: 28 Jan 2014