Eligibility and Selection

PhD students at any stage of their PhD studies and PhDs within 12 months from the submission of their thesis.
Accepted papers will be presented live at the virtual symposium and published in the refereed digital conference proceedings.


Based on the quality of the research paper submitted, PhD students may be selected for a free registration to the Conference and PhD Symposium. The quality of papers will be assessed by the Symposium Scientific Committee and the Conference Organising Committee based on the following criteria:

  1. alignment of the research with the topics of the conference and relevant SDGs;
  2. relevance and impact of the research;
  3. originality and quality of the research;
  4. methodological rigour of the research;
  5. scholarly quality of the overall paper.

All submitted papers will be automatically considered for the free APRU-funded registration.
24 APRU-funded registrations are available for PhD students in 2020.

Students selected for the APRU-funded registration fee will be contacted by the Symposium Co-ordinators and must complete the registration before 9th November 2020.

Expression of Interest to Join a Working Group



Key Dates

• Expressions of interest for Working Groups to be submitted by:
Monday, 31 August 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• PhD papers submission due on: Sunday, 6 September 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• Early birds registrations close on: Monday, 9 November 2020

• Standard registrations close on: Friday, 11 December 2020

Please note that all key dates are in New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+12).

About APRU

As a network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region. We bring together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

We leverage collective education and research capabilities of our members into the international public policy process. Our primary research areas include natural hazards & disaster risk reduction, women in leadership, population aging, global health, sustainable cities, artificial intelligence & the future of work, the Pacific Ocean, and labor mobility.