A F Davies Prize

This prize, offering up to $250, is awarded to the best research paper in the disciplines of Political Science and Sociology accepted by refereed journals in the last 12 months.

Application dates

Applications are currently closed

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $250

Applicable study areas

Historical, philosophical, political and social studies

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Louise Olliff
    "I recently graduated from my doctorate and the article that I was awarded this prize for was the first peer-reviewed journal article that I ever submitted. It is the first of what I hope to be a number of written pieces that will disseminate the findings of my research into refugee diaspora humanitarianism. This Prize has given me encouragement to pursue this goal."
    - Louise Olliff
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be a graduate research student in political science or sociology at the University of Melbourne;
    • be enrolled in a PhD or research masters in the year that your article is submitted to a refereed journal; and,
    • submit an article that has been accepted by a refereed journal within the past 12 months (up to the closing date of the award).

    Selection criteria

    The committee will determine whether a paper can be classified within the disciplines of Political Science or Sociology and if a student is eligible for the award. Their decision in this matter is not subject to appeal. The committee may determine not to award the prize in a given year.

    The scholarship is available initially for one year but extension of scholarship for a further period may be considered.

  • Application process

    Submit an online application, including the following supporting documents:

    • a copy of research paper/article submitted;
    • an academic transcript/statements of all tertiary education to date; and,
    • evidence of acceptance to a Refereed journal; and,
    • referees reports.
  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 8-10 weeks after the closing date.

  • About the donor

    Professor Alan Davies

    This prize is supported by the School of Social and Political Science to honour the life and work of Professor Alan Fraser Davies (1924-1987). A political scientist, with a deep interest in psychoanalysis, and graduate of Ormond College and the University of Melbourne (BA Hons, 1945), he described himself as a social psychologist.

    As Chair and Head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Melbourne, Professor Davies had a significant influence on the development of Australian political science and sociology. His contribution ranged from pioneering political psychology through to the study of local government, and through works exploring political passion, politics at work and the Australian political system. Over his career, he drew on art, film, fiction, history and psychoanalysis in his exploration of political behaviour, and Professor Davies became known as one of Australia’s most creative political scientists.

    His work featured prominently in university teaching programs in political science throughout Australia and played a key role in the foundation of the Sociology discipline in Australia, particularly his research and writing on class and political sociology. Professor Davies encouraged people to articulate their projects and to discover their own potentials and impediments, while also suggesting fresh insights, different angles, and apposite readings. Driven by an unquenchable curiosity, he was a pioneer of interdisciplinary dialogue. His capacity to bring together novelists, poets, psychoanalysts, literary critics, journalists and historians, as well as political scientists, gave his department a distinctive élan—but it was a quality largely dependent on his enthusiasm.

What are the benefits?

Up to $250.

Recipients are require to:

  • accept award online within 21 days; and
  • write a letter of thanks to the committee upon acceptance.



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