DiGRAA is delighted to introduce two new awards in 2023: the DiGRAA Best Publication Award and the DiGRAA Best Thesis Award. These awards recognise high quality research and new knowledge generated by the DiGRAA Game Studies community. There is no preference regarding the nature of the research or the exact approach utilised: research can be qualitative or quantitative, theoretical or applied, and focused on play, play cultures, or industry.
To apply, select the award you are nominating for and address the two criteria: Contribution and Innovation.
- The contribution statement should summarise what the publication/thesis accomplishes, and what new knowledge or understanding it contributes to the field.
- The innovation statement should describe how you believe this contribution advances scholarly work in the field of game studies, and/or the impact you believe it will have.
Each criteria has a maximum word limit of 250 words. You must also upload your output; this will not be shared publicly and will only be used by the selection committee. Nominations should be submitted here.
Applications for each award close on December 31. The winners will be announced at the following year’s national conference. They do not need to attend in person to receive the award. Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee assembled by the DiGRAA board.
- You must be a DiGRAA member to apply for the award. Membership is free for PhDs and sessionals, and only $50 for 1.0FTE Academics. See how to become a member here.
- For the DiGRAA Best Publication Award, eligible publications include peer-reviewed chapters in an edited collection, journal articles and conference papers (minimum 7 pages, published in proceedings).
- Your publication must have been published within the current calendar year. We consider the ‘Online First’ date the original date of publication.
- You can submit a maximum of one publication where you are lead author for consideration in each calendar year.
- For the Best Thesis Award, your thesis must have been approved for award by an Australian institution. You do not need to have had your graduation ceremony.
- If a publication/thesis is submitted for consideration in one year, it will not be considered again in subsequent years, irrespective of its final date of publication or thesis conferral date.
- You cannot nominate someone else’s publication for consideration for this award. Only self-nominations will be accepted.
The awards will be announced at the 2024 DiGRA Australia Conference.
All decisions of the DiGRAAA Committee are final.
The inaugural members of the DiGRAAA Committee are Associate Professor Marcus Carter, Dr Jacqueline Burgess, Dr Melissa Rogerson and Dr Brendan Keogh.