Call for Papers: ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Essay Prize 2020

ASFS black and white logoThe Australian Society for French Studies and the Australian Journal of French Studies are pleased to announce the sixth annual co-sponsored ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Essay Prize.

A prize of AU$500 will be awarded to the best article (4,000 to 6,000 words including notes) on any aspect of French Studies (except French Language Studies) by a postgraduate student. The winning essay will be published in the Australian Journal of French Studies.

Submission Guidelines

  • Entries are open to anyone enrolled in a Masters or PhD in an Australian or New Zealand university on the date of the submission deadline,
  • All applicants must be members of the Society,
  • Essays on any aspect of French and Francophone Studies (French language Studies) will be considered,
  • Essays must be an original piece of work not already under consideration for publication elsewhere,
  • Essays must not exceed 6,000 words and must be presented according to the AJFS Guidelines for Contributors,
  • Essays must be anonymised and not include the candidate’s name, that of their supervisors or institution,
  • Essays should be submitted to the Postgraduate Officer along with the submission form,
  • A panel of 3 members of the Society will evaluate all applications. The panel members will be selected from institutions other than those at which the applicants are candidates, and
  • All applicants will receive written feedback from the panel.

The following prizes will be awarded to the winner:

  • Publication of the winning essay in Australian Journal of French Studies, subject to the journal’s refereeing,
  • A certificate award at the annual ASFS conference, and
  • A cash prize of AU$500 jointly awarded by the ASFS and AJFS.

Deadline for submissions : 30 June 2020.

Submissions and enquiries should be directed to ASFS’s Postgraduate Officer, Clara Sitbon (

ASFS Mentorship Program 2020


This year, the Australian Society for French Studies is launching a mentorship program for colleagues seeking extra support in their careers. Colleagues may seek mentorship for a specific professional goal, such as a promotion application, job search or grant application, and mentees may include but are not limited to postgraduate and ECR candidates. Mentees will be paired with a suitable member of the Society able to advise on their goals, and each pair will decide how often and where to communicate (ex. skype, email) depending on their needs. This is an informal and collegial initiative designed to support colleagues at a range of stages in their academic careers.

If you are already an ASFS member, check your email for details on how to apply. If you are interested in joining the Society and taking part in the program, you can apply for membership here.