Scholarship for Non-Academic Sociologists in Australia


If you’re an applied sociologist from Australia, please don’t forget about the upcoming deadline for the Sociologists Outside Academia Scholarship being offered by The Australian Sociological Association (TASA). The scholarship will provide free registration to the Annual Conference. The deadline is 13th of August 2010 – that’s just one and a half months away! Non-academics have been woefully under-represented at the TASA conferences in the past – please consider taking up this funding opportunity and help increase awareness about the amazing work of applied sociologists to the rest of the sociological community! Read More

Issue Spotlight: World Refugee Day 20 June 2010

World Refugee Day is on Sunday the 20th of June. Please consider getting involved, even if it is just becoming a little more aware about the plight of the 43 million asylum seekers living under extremely difficult circumstances, or by spreading awareness among your networks, such as through the UN’s Refugee Agency Facebook page commemorating this event. Try reading some of the stories on the UNHCR website and read our blog for some of the other activities you might consider, by clicking here.

unhcr 18 jun 2010Image credit: UNHCR/E. Denholm.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recently published its Global Trends Report. (UNHCR 2010). The study finds that in 2009, there were 43.3 million forcibly displaced people in the world, a figure including 15.2 million refugees who have had to flee to other countries, 27.1 million people who are internally displaced within their homelands, and  983,000 asylum seekers whose applications for refuge are still being processed. Eighty percent of these refugees are currently living in developing countries, largely in Pakistan (1.7 million), Iran (1.1 million), and Syria (1.05 million). The main cause for forced displacement is political conflict, particularly the conflicts in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

You can get involved in the World Refugee Day in lots of little ways:

  • Post a personal message or upload a video on the UNHCR Facebook page
  • If you are a student, consider taking up an UNHCR internship in your region. For example, if you are in Australia, New Zealand, Papau New Guinea and South Pacific, click here
  • Have a look at one of the UNHCR videos on the latest global trends of people who have been forcibly displaced.
  • Support grassroots groups in your local communities that are working on refugee advocacy. For example, Rise, a non-profit organisation, has been founded by ex-detainees and refugees and represents over 20 ethnic communities in Australia (RISE 2010). Check out a short video they have produced about some of the problematic aspects of Australia’s policies on the detention of refugees. Alternatively, check out their website.

References and Links

UNHCR (2010) 2009 Global Trends: Refugees, Asylum-seekers, Returnees, Internally Displaced and Stateless Persons. Geneva: UNHCR. Last accessed online 18 June 2010:

RISE (2010) RISE World Refugee Day 2010 Media Release, 1 March. Last accessed online 18 June 2010:

Image credit: UNHCR/E. Denholm. Last accessed online 18 June 2010:

Request for resources on content analysis of websites

If you have any references or resources on conducting content analysis of websites, please get in contact with us. One of our Sociology At Work Facebook members has an urgent need for help on this topic. Please email us.

Conference Funding for Australian Applied Sociologists

The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) is offering a scholarship scheme for applied sociologists to attend the annual conference.The prize includes free registration to the conference and a certificate. Applicants must submit a paper to the refereed proceedings and be a member of TASA. If you are a sociologist working outside academia, please consider applying for this scheme, as it would be fantastic to have stronger representation by applied sociologists at the conference. Applications Close 13 August, 2010.

This scholarship seeks to encourage the participation of sociologists working outside academe (in areas such as private industry, government and non-government organisations, and private contract and consultancy work) with The Australian Sociological Association (TASA). The TASA Executive would like to encourage non-academic members who have conducted applied research or written sociological papers on their work to apply for the scholarship.

    * Registration for the annual conference
    * A certificate for receipt of scholarship (The recipients could receive a similar prize but with a certificate like the Postgraduate scholarship recipients have received in recent years)

Eligibility Criteria

Those eligible for consideration of the scholarship will meet the following criteria:

    * Current or recent employment or self-employment in an area such as private industry, government organisation, non-government organisation, private contract work, or consultancy work
    * Applicants working in universities, academic research centres or joint industry-university centres are not eligible
    * Acceptance of a sole authored paper as part of the refereed proceedings of TASA Conference
    * Not previously a recipient of the award
    * Current financial TASA members
    * Agree to submit a brief profile of their work/career to be published in Nexus.

Application Procedure

    * Nominations must be made on this official nomination form (also available from TASA web or TASA office)
    * Papers must be submitted to the refereed proceedings by the deadlines set by the Conference Local Organising Committee (LOC). Please make sure you double check this date on the TASA Conference website in case the deadline is brought forward.
    * Applications will be reviewed by TASA Executive sub-committee and decision will be made taking into consideration the ranking provided by the LOC
    * Up to three scholarships may be awarded each year
    * Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by early October. This will allow enough time for those nominees who were not successful to still register for the conference at the ‘Early Bird’ rate.
    * The decision of the review panel is final and no further discussions will be entered into
    * Successful applicants will have the payment of their conference and workshop registrations made by the TASA Office.

Selection Panel

    * Selection panel will normally consist of the Vice President (convenor), General Executive member, and Conference Convenor.

Application forms are available in Word and PDF formats.


Any changes to prize value, eligibility criteria and nomination/submission procedure are subject to TASA Executive approval.

For further information on TASA and the scholarship scheme, please see:

Link for Qualified Market Researchers

Here is a new link provided by one of our members, Anthony Hogan: The Qualified Practising Market Researcher (QPMR) is a professional organisation providing an accreditation scheme for market and social researchers in Australia. The QPMR demonstrates industry experience, continuous professional development and education, and it requires QPMR members to undertake a yearly renewal process to maintain their accreditation. Check our links section under our Member’s Pages.

Report on Child Poverty and Child Well-Being in the European Union

This study was carried out by the TÁRKI Social Research Institute (Budapest), in collaboration with Applica (Brussels), with contributions from the European Centre. This study aims to develop integrated policies to address child poverty and wellbeing across the European Union.

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Mentorship program for Australian sociology students

The Australian Sociology Association invites professional sociologists to join a mentorship program for sociology students at the Honours, Masters or PhD levels. This is an important initiative for non-academic sociologists to become involved in if they are able, as students seldom get exposure to their career prospects outside the traditional university avenues.  This program will not involve a big time commitment, as mentors can choose to keep in touch with their mentees at least four times during the year via email, Skype or phone if they cannot meet face to face – but the rewards will be amazing. The role is not to provide supervisory feedback on theses or to be involved in the scholarly aspect of their student’s learning, but rather to provide collegial support with respect to career planning. Those of us who have been working outside academia may relate to the difficulties in creating good networks and getting career advice – so if you think this is a worthwhile cause, please consider signing up. Applications close on Friday 30th of April, and the process is easy to join online:

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Attention Sociologists Employed/Running an Organisation or Business

Are you a non-academic sociologist running a not-for-profit organisation, a consulting business or some other professional service? If you would like to share  the knowledge and expertise of your organisation, you can fill out a brief questionnaire telling us about how you apply your craft to ‘real life’ social problems or organisational issues. Your organisation’s vision and your application of sociological principles will be featured in the upcoming first editon our online publication, Working Notes. Please email us if you are interested in participating.

Read on for more information on Working Notes.

Working Notes is a free online publication which will hosted by the Sociology At Work website. This publication will be available to the public, and it aims to provide a platform for applied sociologists to share their experiences and expertise with a broad audience. We welcome diverse contributions covering a broad range of topics of relevance to the professionalism and advocacy work undertaken applied sociologists, including analysis of their research projects and activism, as well as reflection pieces about their careers.

The first issue is scheduled to be published in May 2010.

Instructions on how to submit other research papers about your work are available here

International Profile on Applied Sociologists

We are currently compiling a profile of the different work conducted by applied sociologists around the world. If you would like to fill out a brief questionnaire about your work history and your views on the state of applied sociology in your country, please email us. Your answers and profile will be published in the upcoming first edition our online publication, Working Notes.

Working Notes Publication Deadline Extended to 1st of March

The submissions date for the first edition of our online publication, Working Notes, has been extended to the 1st of March. We encourage you to submit any short research papers or reflections on your work and activities. This is a chance to show the world what applied sociologists do for different segments of society, whether it be community groups, businesses, government and other organisations. For guidelines, please see: