Arts Alumni Awards

Do you know an outstanding Arts alumnus making a difference locally or internationally?


Faculty of Arts Alumni Awards Program

The Faculty of Arts is committed to recognising alumni who have achieved excellence in their chosen field, and who have made a considerable contribution to the Faculty, the University and their communities through their endeavours.

The Faculty of Arts established its annual Arts Alumni Awards program with the inaugural Alumni Rising Star Award in 2013. The following year, three additional award categories were established: Contribution to the Faculty and University; Lifetime Achievement; and Leadership.

Alumni of this Faculty reflect our important legacy, with nearly 70,000 alumni around the world. The Arts Alumni Awards program raises awareness of our alumni and honours their outstanding contribution to our society. These contributions have been made across a wide range of fields, including government, business, the arts and media, community and not-for-profit organisations.

Arts Alumni Awards are presented annually and are awarded based on merit. As such, the number of awards may vary from year to year.

Faculty of Arts Alumni Awards

Recognising alumni who have achieved excellence

Do you know an outstanding Arts alumnus making a difference locally or internationally? The annual Arts Alumni Awards recognise and honour alumni who have achieved excellence in their chosen field, contributing to the Faculty, the University or their communities through their endeavours.

Whether it be a high profile candidate on the world stage or a quiet achiever making a difference locally, we look forward to hearing about what our Arts Alumni have been up to since graduating.

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Award categories

Rising Star Award for Young Alumni

An individual who is under 35 years of age and has demonstrated an outstanding level of professional achievement and community involvement since graduating from the University of Melbourne and/or has been recognised by colleagues and peers for their outstanding leadership and impact as a global citizen.

Contribution to the Faculty and University Award

An individual who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the Faculty and University through outstanding leadership, impact on students, research and teaching, engagement or philanthropy.

Lifetime Achievement Award

An individual who has made an outstanding, long-term and internationally-recognised contribution to their field of endeavour.

Leadership Award

An individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in business, community or government.

The Faculty of Arts recognizes alumni who have achieved excellence in their chosen field, and who have made a considerable contribution to the Faculty, the University and their communities, both locally and globally. The Awards are presented annually and are chosen by calling on all our alumni to nominate those who have achieved distinction in one of the following four areas. Previous award recipients include Peter Singer, Ellen Sandell, Alex Miller and Gary Foley.

Please note: The 2018 Faculty of Arts Alumni Award winners will be announced later in the year.

Past award winners

2017 Faculty of Arts Alumni Awards winners

2016 Faculty of Arts Alumni Awards winners

2015 Faculty of Arts Alumni Awards winners

2014 Faculty of Arts Alumni Awards winners

2013 Faculty of Arts Alumni Awards winners