Jessie Mary Vasey Prizes

The Jessie Mary Vasey Prizes, worth $1,000 each, are for the best 3rd and 4th year women's history essays.

Application type

No application is required. You will be automatically considered for this award.

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $1,000

Applicable study areas

Historical, philosophical, political and social studies

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Catherine Gay
    "My Honours thesis enabled me to combine my love of material culture with women's and children's history. This award confirms in my mind that my research is important - that girls' lives deserve to be recorded and celebrated. The Jessie Mary Vasey Prize will be such a help financially this year, as I live out of home. It has encouraged me to pursue further study and given me faith in my academic research capabilities."
    - Catherine Gay
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • have completed a women's history essay in 3rd year OR
    • have complete an honours thesis on women's history
  • Application process

    There is no application process. The prize is awarded based on merit and the successful recipient will be notified via email.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    The award will be announced as soon as practical after the release of the end of year final results.

  • Variations of this scholarship

    There are two prizes:

    • The Jessie Mary Vasey Prize for Best 3rd Year Women’s History Essay
    • The Jessie Mary Vasey Prize for Best 4th Year Women’s History Essay
  • About the donor

    The War Widows Guild

    Jessie Mary Vasey O.B.E, C.B.E founded the War Widows Guild of Victoria and dedicated her life to supporting war widows after graduating from BA with first class honours at the University in 1921. From 1988, the War Widows Guild of Victoria have been sponsoring two annual prizes for 3rd year and honours students who have submitted the best essay and thesis on a Women's History subject to ensure the name of their founder, and the work of the Guild will be known by future university students and to provide encouragement and reward for the young.

What are the benefits?

$1000 for each prize


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