Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) Centennial Prize

The Australian Industrial Relations Commission Centennial Prize was established to support and recogise research work in the field of Industrial Relations or Labour History.

Applications open

23 Sep 2021

Last day for applications

29 Oct 2021
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Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
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Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $500

Applicable study areas

Commerce, economics and management; Historical, philosophical, political and social studies

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Lauren Kelly
    "This award reaffirms my commitment and passion for applied research that can lend support to the struggle of working people."
    - Lauren Kelly
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be an undergraduate or graduate student in the Faculty of Business and Economics or the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne who has undertaken a degree, specialisation or an individual subject in either faculty;

    Selection criteria

    To be considered for the AIRC Centennial Prize, the research work (thesis or essay) must be in the area of Industrial Relations or Labour History. These areas are interpreted broadly to include essays or a thesis in any of the following areas:

    • Industrial relations, employment relations, workplace relations
    • Human resource management, personnel administration, careers, and organisational behaviour
    • Labour economics and labour market analysis
    • Labour law, labour market regulation, including aspects of public policy related to work, social protection and labour market policies, and labour market institutions
    • Labour history, and the history of work, employment practices, labour markets and labour market institutions.

    There is no set word length for submissions, which are encouraged from both undergraduate and graduate students.

    The selection of the best research work submitted in the year will be based on the quality of the essay or thesis and its relevance to contemporary policy concerns and debates.

  • Application process

    Applicants are required to complete the application form and submit an essay or thesis.

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  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 6-8 weeks after the closing date.

  • About the donor

    Australian Industrial Relations Commission

    To commemorate 100 years of federal conciliation and arbitration, members of the AIRC established a trust to fund the AIRC Centennial Prize – an annual award offered to students at the University of Melbourne.

    In 1904 the Commonwealth Parliament established the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Court.  While it has changed its name, and its functions have evolved, this institution has remained central to regulating work and labour standards in Australia. Today, the role of the AIRC has continued through the Fair Work Commission.

What are the benefits?

The prize is valued at the Net Annual Income (NAI) of the fund, approx. $500.


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