School of Historical and Philosophical Studies Fellows’ Group Annual History Essay Prize

The prize, worth $1000, is awarded for the best published essay submitted by a School of Historical and Philosophical Studies student undertaking a Masters or PhD thesis on a historical topic.

Applications open

22 Feb 2021

Applications closed

12 Apr 2021

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

Historical, philosophical, political and social studies

Number of scholarships awarded

At least 1

  • Nat Cutter
    "Thank you very much for your consideration and endorsement of my paper, 'Turks, Moors, Deys and Kingdoms: North African Diversity in English Periodical News before 1700'. This prize will be a great help in assisting the funding of my future research, including a trip to London, Canterbury and Glasgow in June 2019 to attend two conferences and undertake vital archival research."
    - Nathaniel Cutter
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • In the year the article is submitted for the Prize, be or have been enrolled in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, to undertake a Masters or PhD thesis on a historical topic within the twelve months before the closing date stated on the application form
    • Have had the essay published or accepted for publication in a refereed journal, including Melbourne Historical Journal, within twelve months before the closing date stated on the application form

    Successful recipients are required to:

    • Accept award online within 21 days
    • Give a paper to the SHAPS Fellows’ Group at a mutually convenient date.

    Selection criteria

    • Essays should be up to 9,000 words in length inclusive of Endnotes and/or Footnotes
    • Co-authored essays will be considered if authors meet the conditions above
    • The author/s may submit more than one entry
    • The decision of the judging panel will be final
    • The judging panel will assess essays by reference to the following: scholarly quality of research, writing and presentation and contribution to a new understanding of history
    • Copies of the successful publication will be deposited in the National Library of Australia
  • Application process

    Complete and submit the online application form. You will be required to upload a PDF copy of your essay with this form

    • No essay will be considered for the Prize in more than one year
    • The author/s 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 within 6-8 weeks after the closing date.

What are the benefits?

A single payment of $1000


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