Percival Serle Prizes

Four Percival Serle prizes are awarded annually: one for 2nd year English; one for honours English; one for combined honours for any combination other than English and History; and one for a thesis of special distinction submitted for the degree of Master of Arts through the department of English.

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 $1,600

Applicable study areas

Language, literature and cultural studies

Number of scholarships awarded


  • James Christensen
    "My year of research at the University of Melbourne was perhaps the most challenging of my life; I was extended academically, forced to challenge my assumptions and patterns of thought, and exposed to a complex world of theatre theory and practice. It took all of my heart, my mind and my passion to complete. To have the work acknowledged with this prestigious award means a great deal to me, and I am extremely grateful. As a result of my research, I was recently offered a place to study a Masters in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London – one of the most highly regarded drama schools in the world. The funds provided by the Percival Serle award will go towards supporting me as I embark upon this next exciting, but financially daunting, stage in my career."
    - James Christensen
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • have completed second year English OR
    • have completed Honours English OR
    • have completed Combined Honours other than English and History OR
    • have completed a Master of Arts Thesis in English

    Selection criteria

    The prizes are based on merit and will be awarded to the highest achieving student in each category.

  • 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.

  • About the donor

    Percival Serle

    Percival Serle was an Australian biographer and bibliographer and amongst other things was guide-lecturer at the National Gallery of Victoria; curator of the Art Museum of the Gallery; and member of the council of the Victorian Artists Society. He was also president of the Australian Literature Society. He bequeathed funds to the University of Melbourne in 1951 for the benefit of the English School in the Arts course.

What are the benefits?

Approximately $400 for each prize


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