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The Australian Network of Student Anthropologists (ANSA) was established in 2005 as an initiative of Australian postgraduate students.

ANSA aims to:
  • Share knowledge, experience, and support amongst student and early-career anthropologists

  • Provide a voice for student interests and encourage student participation with the Australian Anthropological Society (AAS), with specific attention paid to the needs of postgraduate students enrolled at Australian Universities

  • Provide resources and information for student and early-career anthropologists

ANSA is a sister association of the AAS, who fund the AAS/ANSA Postgraduate Travel Grants and the Robyn Wood Travel Grant to assist students presenting at the AAS Annual Conference. The AAS also funds other ANSA initiatives, such as visual and creative ethnography competitions.

More information on ANSA activities is available on their website.

ANSA Executive and Committee

The ANSA Executive comprises the Chairperson, Secretary, and Web Officer, and is supported by the Committee. The ANSA Committee comprises student or early career researcher representatives from Australian universities (primarily postgraduates).


The Executive is responsible for overseeing ANSA’s activities and funding, and the chairperson also acts as the Postgraduate Student Representative on the AAS Executive Committee (in a non-voting capacity). The Committee members - or University representatives - are conduits for information at their respective universities.


Further information on ANSA, its activities and the roles of the Executive and Committee members is available on the ANSA Website and the ANSA Constitution.

ANSA Membership and Benefits

ANSA welcomes current and recent anthropology students as members. All ANSA members are eligible to:

  • Participate in the ANSA Postgraduate Panel, held during the AAS Annual Conference

  • Receive the ANSA monthly email

  • Be featured in the ANSA profile of the month

  • Nominate for the ANSA Executive positions of Chairperson, Secretary, or Web Officer, and for ANSA Committee positions

ANSA members must also be paid-up members of the AAS in order to be eligible to:

  • Apply for an AAS/ANSA Postgraduate Travel Grant or the Robyn Wood Travel Grant

  • Enter the AAS/ANSA visual and creative ethnography competitions

Join ANSA

If you would like to become an ANSA member you can do so via the Join ANSA page.


If you wish to update your membership or remove yourself from ANSA’s membership list, you can send an email to ansa.exec@gmail.com.