Prue Torney Memorial Prize

This scholarship, worth approximately $1,700, supports travel to Asia for historical research studies. It is open annually to female-identifying research students enrolled in a graduate coursework or research program in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies.

Applications open

17 Feb 2020

Applications closed

18 May 2020

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 $1,700

Applicable study areas

Language, literature and cultural studies

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Niro Kandasamy
    "The Prue Torney Memorial Prize allowed me to undertake a research in Sri Lanka. The trip has strengthened my understanding of my research topic and has given me new historical insights into an understudied minority group in Asia and Australia."
    - Niro Kandasamy
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be a female-identifying research student enrolled in a graduate coursework or research program in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
    • be confirmed or have completed your formal review successfully

    Selection criteria

    Recipients are required to:

    • Accept award online within 21 days
    • Submit a final report.
  • Application process

    Apply online via the online form including budget details and the following supporting documents:

    • A statement (approx. 500 words) clearly indicating your field of research and how the award is likely to enhance your research project and graduate research experience
    • Details of your research program, including a full itinerary
    • A statement of support from your supervisor
    • Any other information to support your application that may assist the committee in making its decision. This could include documentary evidence of the availability of archival materials at the locations you intend to visit and details of access arrangements if applicable.
  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 8-10 weeks of the closing date.

  • About the donor

    Professor Susan Magarey AM & the SHAPS Fellows Group

    Professor Susan Magarey AM, FASSA established a postgraduate travelling scholarship/ prize in Asian Studies, in the name of the late Prue Torney who was a staff member in the school of Historical Studies before her death on 28 April 2006. In 2019 this prize received an additional $700 per annum from the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies Fellows' Group, who had previously supported another award in honour of Prue Torney.


    The SHAPS Fellows & Associates Group was formed in 2005 when a group of retired academics and historians working in the community met monthly to discuss their current research. Fellows and Associates continue to publish books, chapters of books, journal articles, book reviews and entries in the Australian and international dictionaries of biography. In their second year, they instigated an annual Research Day where they presented their work in progress and papers about their recent or forthcoming publications. The Research Day has become the Group's main focus for their fund-raising efforts.

What are the benefits?

Approximately $1,700



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