ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Prize CFP 2018

The Australian Society for French Studies and the Australian Journal of French Studies are pleased to announce the fourth annual co-sponsored ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Prize.

A prize of $500 will be awarded for the best article (4,000-6,000 words inc. notes) by a postgraduate student on any aspect of French Studies (except French language studies). The prize will be awarded at the annual conference of ASFS in Perth in December 2018, and the winning article will be published in a ‘miscellaneous’ issue of AJFS.

Applicants must be enrolled in a research higher degree at an Australian university and be a member of ASFS. Previous prize recipients are not eligible to submit an article. Articles may be written in English or French and must be presented according to AJFS style guidelines (see or They will be assessed by a joint ASFS/AJFS judging committee which may call upon relevant expertise in its deliberations.

The deadline for submissions for the inaugural prize is 31 July 2018. The winner will be announced in December 2018.

Submissions and enquiries relating to the ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Prize should be directed to ASFS’s Postgraduate Officer, Sophie Patrick at

Postgraduate Essay Prize 2017

ASFS would like to congratulate Belle Joseph from Australian National University for winning the 2017 ASFS Essay Prize with her paper, “‘Vivant de dignité de douleurs et d’alarmes’: Personalism in André Ulmann’s Poèmes du camp.”

The winners of the annual essay prize receive $500 and an opportunity to publish in the Australian Journal of French Studies.

Félicitations, Belle!

2017 ASFS Postgraduate Essay Prize

Postgraduates in French Studies are encouraged to submit papers for the 2017 ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate prize. The best essay will receive a prize of $500 and will be published in AJFS in the twelve months (or so) following this year’s conference in Canberra. Applicants must be enrolled in a research higher degree at an Australian university and have a current membership of ASFS. Articles may be written in English or French and must be presented according to AJFS style guidelines (see the AJFS website at Essays should be in an area of French or Francophone Studies and be between 4000 and 6000 words. For more details including eligibility requirements, check the ASFS website. This year’s deadline is Friday, 27 October 2017.

Submissions should be sent to Postgraduate Officer, Dr Gemma King at


Previous essay prize winners:

  • 2016 Sarah Martin, “Carrying Across, But Only So Far: Reflections on Translational Visibility, Selectivity, and Canonicity”
  • 2015 Kim Hajek, “‘Je lis ça comme je lirais un roman’: Reading Scientific Works on Hypnotism in Late Nineteenth-Century France”

Postgraduate Day Organisation

Good afternoon,

We are writing to you as a result of discussions held at last year’s Australian Society for French Studies Conference in Queensland.

During the conference, Post Graduate students in French Studies indicated that they would like to create a Forum through which they could communicate, exchange information and keep up- to-date with the work of other students around Australia and New Zealand.  In particular, we discussed the possibility of establishing a Post Graduate Day at the same time as the Annual ASFS Conference so that post graduates could present their work and receive feedback from other post graduate students prior to presentation at the main conference. It was felt that this would be particularly encouraging for new students who had no previous experience in conference presentations.

As there is no one site that would enable us to obtain a list of all post graduates in French Studies within Australia and New Zealand, we would be very grateful if you could either provide us with a list of post graduate students in your Department or under your supervision so that we can write to them directly, or, if preferred (and due to privacy reasons), forward this email to those students so that they can contact us if they wish to.

Thank you in advance for your help in this matter.

Bien cordialement,

Sarah Reed
Doctoral Candidate in French Studies
University of Adelaide

Clara Sitbon
Doctoral Candidate in French Studies
University of Newcastle

Nicolas Baudin Grants

Nicolas Baudin Grants

Nicolas Baudin grants consist in a return flight ticket between Australia and France. Recipients of French government grants are also covered by social security during their time in France, as well as being exempt from paying any visa fees.

Students are eligible to apply through the following frameworks:

1) Students seeking to undertake a research internship in a French laboratory in collaboration with a French company in the framework of the “Internship in France” initiative.

2) Students seeking to undertake a research internship in France outside of the Embassy’s “Internship in France” initiative.

3) Students enrolled at an Australian university seeking to take part in an exchange program /study abroad at a French establishment.

4) Students seeking to pursue a full degree at a French university (students will obtain a French degree at the end of their studies), including double degrees jointly offered by a French and an Australian university.

5) Students seeking to undertake a short term program at a French establishment. This includes summer and winter school programs.

In the 2018 round, there are 56 internships available for Australian students offering many opportunities to work with French research labs and industrial partners such as Naval Group, Airbus, Parrot, Total, Nikon and Tales to name a few.

(See links for eligibility requirements and application forms).