Social Work Researcher of the Year

Social Work Researcher of the Year Award

This Award will recognise social work research papers published for the first time in the Australian Social Work Journal or another recognised peer-reviewed Journal during the period 01 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.

Who can be nominated?

Academics and researchers in social work.

Nominees must be a current financial member of the AASW and be of good standing with the AASW.

Who can nominate a nominee?

Self-nomination and Third-Party nominations will be considered.  In the case of Third-Party nominations, we recommend engaging the nominee directly in the process.

Terms and Conditions

Nominations will be made through a “call for nominations” announced by the AASW in August 2023.

The complete paper must be submitted to the AASW Award Committee for consideration.

Papers must not exceed 6,000 words.

Nominations must be submitted through the AASW’s designated submission process.

The Award Committee will consider all nominations based on the criteria.

The Award Committee reserves the right to reject nominations that either:

  • Do not meet one of the three criteria or;
  • Exceed the specified word limit or;
  • Are not received by the submission deadline.

The AASW will keep confidential their discussions and deliberations on nominees and will not provide feedback regarding their decisions.  Award winners will be announced at the 2023 AASW Online Health Symposium on 16 November 2023.

The submission of the paper will contribute 100% of the overall score for consideration of this Award.


Provide the text from a published paper that contributes, based on research, to Social Work education in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Exploration of new education areas within Social Work
  2. Demonstration of innovation in Social Work education
  3. Development of a significant conceptual or theoretical contribution to the field.

(Maximum word limit: 6,000 / Worth: 100 percent)

Additional Required Information

Provide a 100-word overview that describes the Nominee, including their current role and research focus.  This short profile may be used for promotional purposes or at the Awards presentation.  (Maximum word limit: 100)

State clearly which of the above three the nominee’s paper addresses.  (Maximum word limit: 50)

When and where was the Nominee’s paper published?  (Maximum word limit: 50)

Provide a colour head and shoulder photograph of the Nominee on a blank background.  The image should be high resolution (preferably 300 dpi, no less than 2 Mb image) so that it can be used for print media and other promotions.

Nomination closing date

Nominations must be submitted by 5:00pm AEDT on Friday 29 September 2023.  Nominations received after the closing date will not be further considered.