Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) Centennial Prize

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

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 $1,000

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 must:

    • 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.

    In 2022, the prize will be awarded by the Faculty of Arts.

    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; or,
    • 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.

  • 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

    Australian Industrial Relations Commission

    The Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) was a national tribunal dealing with employment issues, first established in 1904 then known as the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration.  Over the Commission’s long history and with various name changes, it was the central institution of Australian labour law, setting minimum terms and conditions of employment for workers within certain industries. While functions evolved between 1904 and 2009, the Commission was the principal regulator of work and labour standards in Australia and today, many of the AIRC’s functions are continued through the Fair Work Commission.

    In 2006, to commemorate 100 years of Federal conciliation and arbitration, members of the Commission established a trust funding the Australian Industrial Relations Commission Centennial Prize.  For students of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Business and Economics, the annual prize is selected from the best research work, either essay or thesis, in the field of industrial relations or labour history.

What are the benefits?

Up to $1,000.

Recipients are required to:

  • accept the award online within 21 days of receiving their offer letter.


For complete listings of faculty-specific scholarships, please see individual faculty websites.

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