The Postgraduate Caucus provides a number of valuable opportunities for postgraduate students, who are able to join APSA at generous concessional rates. The 2015/6 representative is Luke Mansillo from the University of Sydney.
Attendance at the Annual Conference is also provided at concessional rates, and a number of traveling scholarship awards are available each year to encourage and assist postgraduates to attend. Postgraduate students regularly report their experience at the conference as a highlight of their academic year.
The Caucus now also runs a full day workshop prior to APSA Annual Conference. This is an exciting opportunity to network prior to the conference with postgraduate colleagues pursuing similar interests. It is also an invaluable opportunity to prepare for the conference by meeting key APSA academics. Informal but informative presentations are provided. Topics covered generally include career options, publishing and the range of opportunities offered by APSA to its postgraduates.
Caucus meets during the Conference to identify issues relevant to postgraduate students, which are then brought to the attention of APSA executive. At the same time, it elects one of its members to represent the interests of postgraduates on the executive committee throughout the year.
Caucus also attempts to keep postgraduate APSA members up to date with meetings, conferences and news relevant to them via the website and an email list.
Caucus appreciates that the general membership and the executive of APSA continue to express, not only financial support, but a continuing interest in promoting the welfare and career development of postgraduates.