AFAANZ Doctoral Symposium Program

The Association is proud of its tradition in promoting its annual Doctoral Symposium to those undertaking their PhD studies.

2022 Doctoral Symposium Program

Wednesday June 29 to Friday July 1, 2022

The objectives of the Symposium are to:

  • Enable you to present an overview of your research (as described below) in a constructive forum and to receive feedback from other doctoral students and leading faculty;

  • Guide you on the process for managing your thesis;

  • Offer advice as to how to improve the probability of publishing your research;

  • Enable you to provide constructive feedback to other doctoral students; and

  • Give you opportunities to interact with doctoral students from other universities and with leading faculty in accounting and finance.

Ideally students should be about 12-18 months into the PhD program. The format of the Symposium will be such that students will have ample opportunity to interact with faculty members and other students on an informal basis. Further, participants are required to undertake prior reading of all PhD proposals within their study group, and they should come prepared to participate in the discussion of all proposals within their study group. Students are to arrange their own accommodation.

Although we are planning to hold the 2022 Doctoral Symposium in Melbourne, we are cognisant of the travel restrictions due to COVID19 and university funding. We are investigating an effective online hybrid option for students who are unable to travel and will hold a fully online symposium if required. The registration fee will be refunded if the Symposium is held solely online or if the student is unable to attend in person due to travel restrictions.

Continuing initiatives from prior years, AFAANZ will provide all symposium participants free registration to the conference should they wish to attend. Also, AFAANZ will make available five (5) assistance grants for students who are unable to fund their travel.

The nomination form is available HERE .  Nominations are due by Friday 25th February.

Candidates must be individual members of AFAANZ.

Useful Information in Managing your Thesis - This is a a compilation of advice and suggestions from doctoral students and faculty at recent symposia, and may be useful to new or intending doctoral students in accounting and finance.

See list of Doctoral Program Participants and Faculty since 1994 HERE.

2023 American Accounting Association/Deloitte Foundation/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium

The AFAANZ Board may nominate a PhD student from Australia or New Zealand who has met the eligibility criteria stated below to attend as the AFAANZ representative at the AAA Doctoral Consortium in the USA. The selected applicant (or their university) will be required to pay a registration fee of US$750.00. AFAANZ pays a fixed amount to participants to cover their airfare. It is expected that the nominee would have completed all necessary course work for their PhD and would have a reasonably well-developed dissertation proposal.

The Annual American Accounting Association/Deloitte Foundation/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium will be held in Denver, Colorado, in July 2023 (TBC).

Consortium Objectives
The primary objective of the Consortium is to improve the quality of future accounting education and research by enriching the experience of selected doctoral candidates from U.S., Canadian and international universities. The Consortium provides a forum for examining accounting issues from different research perspectives. Formal presentations, panels and social activities provide opportunities for students to interact with today's leading teachers and researchers and with their peers from other universities. Breakout groups provide opportunities for feedback on participants' ongoing research and presentation skills.

Criteria for Participation
The nominee for participation must:

  1. Be a current member of AFAANZ

  2. be enrolled full-time in a Ph.D. or DBA program in accounting and have completed at least TWO YEARS of doctoral studies,

  3. have at least one more year remaining "in residence" at their University after the Consortium, and

  4. NOT have been a full-time faculty appointee at any rank during the current academic year

  5. Have attended a past AFAANZ Doctoral Symposium.

Procedure

Nominations in writing must reach the AFAANZ Office (info@afaanz.org) no later than Friday, 11 November 2022.  Applicants must submit an application package containing the following:

  1. Curriculum vitae, including names of three academic referees, one of which is the applicant’s supervisor (one page);

  2. Undergraduate results (including honours) and results relating to any course work undertaken as a part of the doctoral program;

  3. A detailed report from the applicant on progress with the PhD (three pages);

  4. A personal statement expressing how the Consortium will benefit the applicant (one page); and

  5. Certification from the Head of School/Department confirming that the department is willing to pay the Consortium registration fee of US$750.00, if the applicant is successful.

The Board’s decision on the AFAANZ nominated representative to the AAA will be announced in the second week in December. Each representative must provide a detailed report to the AFAANZ Board following the Consortium.

2023 European Accounting Association

The AFAANZ Board may nominate a PhD student from Australia or New Zealand who has met the eligibility criteria stated below to attend as the AFAANZ representative at the EAA Doctoral Colloquium in Hanasaari (just 6 km from Helsinki City, Finland) from May 20-23, 2023 . AFAANZ pays a fixed amount to participants to cover their airfare. It is expected that the nominee would have completed all necessary course work for the PhD and would have a reasonably well-developed dissertation proposal. Students accepted for the Colloquium will be required to prepare a short paper for presentation at the meeting. The Board’s decision on the AFAANZ nominated representative to the EAA will be announced in the second week in December.

The nominee for participation must:

  • Be a current student member of AFAANZ

  • Be enrolled full-time in PhD or DBA program in accounting and have progressed beyond their first year.

  • Have attended a past AFAANZ Symposium

Nominations in writing must reach the AFAANZ Office (info@afaanz.org) no later than Friday, 11 November 2022.

Applicants must submit an application package containing the following:

  • Curriculum vitae, including names of three academic referees, one of which is the applicant’s supervisor (one page);

  • Undergraduate results (including honours) and results relating to any coursework undertaken as a part of the doctoral program;

  • A maximum three-page abstract of the doctoral research currently being undertaken;

  • A personal statement expressing how the Consortium will benefit the applicant (one page); and

  • A questionnaire to be filled in by the main thesis advisor (see attached template).