Prue Torney Fellows’ Prize

The Prize, worth $500, will be awarded for a work of history or biography that enhances the understanding of Australians in Asia or of Australia’s relationship with Asia. 'Asia' for this purpose is as defined by the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA).

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 $500

Applicable study areas

Historical, philosophical, political and social studies; Language, literature and cultural studies

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  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be a graduate of the University of Melbourne
    • have published a book on history or biography that enhances the understanding of Australians in Asia or of Australia’s relationship with Asia in the last three years before the year in which the award is made

    Selection criteria

      The Judging Panel will assess books by reference to the following criteria:

    • scholarly quality of research
    • writing and presentation
    • contribution to an understanding of Asia or Australian perceptions of Asia (or parts thereof)
    • suitable subjects would include Australian journalists, foreign correspondents and broadcasters (as exemplified in Prue's own work) but not to be limited to them. They might, for example, extend to Australian film-makers, Australians who have pioneered engagement with Asia, or exposures of Australian anti-Asian prejudice, but would exclude books of Asian history
    • the selection committee will determine in its discretion whether a book qualifies as a work of history or biography
    • books of Asian history are excluded from the award
    • in making an award preference will be given to works by more recent graduates over established scholars
  • Application process

    You must submit your application online which includes details of your publication and mail
    three hard copies of your book to:

    Faculty of Arts Awards Team
    Level 1, Arts West Building
    External Relations Unit (Rooms 101-123)
    The University of Melbourne 3010

    Books submitted will not be returned. The author may submit more than one entry. No late
    entries will be accepted.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email by the end of July

  • About the donor

    Prue Torney Fellows'Prize

    This prize is supported by the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies Fellows' Group.

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