Fieldwork & Conferences
Attendance at national and international conferences is a common part research training for ANU research students, providing an opportunity to present research and discuss it with others in the discipline. Undergraduates and graduate coursework students may also attend conferences where opportunities present themselves, though this is less common.
Individual academic areas have their own requirements about how to apply for conference attendance, and who has the authority to approve any available funding. For research students, the Delegated Authority approves your absence. For undergraduates and coursework students, you will need to discuss any absences with your program convenor and individual course convenors.
Research should regularly discuss conference opportunities with their supervisor. The research administrator in your ANU College may also be able to assist.
Conference attandence and presentation is well regarded for research students and will be recorded on their student record.
Fieldwork is an integral part of many research programs, and covers a wide range of data-gathering activities. Discussions about your fieldwork should begin early in your candidature.
Your supervisor and ANU College administration will help you with your fieldwork application, but you should expect to prepare a research plan for your fieldwork, a budget including the cost of travel, data collection, data entry special equipment including software, additional living costs etc.
Your ANU College will advise you about the requirements for financial reporting and submitting your final financial statement in relation to your fieldwork trip. Students remain enrolled during their fieldwork, and remain liable for program fees.
Your ANU College should record details of your approved Fieldwork absences on the Student System.
Coursework students undertaking fieldwork normally do so as part of their normal course enrolment. Funding opportunities may be available for fieldwork, so discuss options with your ANU College Student Office administrators.
The Vice-Chancellor provides funding to assist research students who meet specified criteria to facilitate mobility, enrich their academic experience and enable them to undertake approved periods of study or contribute to costs to enable attendance at a peak conference or access special research needs directly related to the candidate’s field of study.