Prizes

The Faculty of Arts offers an extensive range of merit-based prizes each year to recognise the outstanding achievements of our best and brightest students across a range of courses and study areas.

The awards are made on the basis of academic performance which carries no condition for further study (unlike a scholarship). The benefit is usually financial but may include book vouchers or some other form of recognition. These awards are made possible by generous donations and bequests to support Faculty initiatives or areas of study.

Enquiries: artsprizes-info@unimelb.edu.au

Study Level Program Area Prize School Details Approximate Value
Undergraduate  (Asian) Language and Studies (Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese) Australian-Asian Association of Victoria language Awards Asia Institute These four prizes for beginners level Arabic, Chinese,  Indonesian and Japanese are supported by the Australian-Asian Association of Victoria (AAA). Students must be enrolled for a course of study at one of the Victoria's universities where Asian languages are taught. The course of study will normally be a full year course. The students must be a speaker of the language for which the award is to be made, and it must not be their parents' language. The award is limited to 1st year students or students studying 1st year language studies at University level. The nominated student must have attained excellence in the language studies. The students must have indicated a desire to pursue a major or further studies in the chosen language and have the intention of travelling to the country where the language is used. $250
Honours Any Dwight Final Examination Prize (Combined Honours) Faculty Two prizes awarded at the final assessment in combined honours to candidates who are presenting themselves in combined honours courses for the first time. $1,200
Honours Any R.G. Wilson Scholarships (Honours) Faculty Three scholarships awarded to the best honours students enrolled in the Faculty with the highest overall mark. $11,000
Undergraduate Any The Faculty of Arts Excellence Scholarship Faculty The Faculty of Arts Excellence Scholarship supports and rewards academic excellence. The criteria for 'academic excellence' will be determined each year by the dean of the faculty in consultation with faculty executive.  $8,000
Graduate Coursework Any The Mary Euhus Scholarship Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awarded to students with the highest GPA score enrolled in the previous mid‐year intake or enrolling in the current year intake in a nominated program within the GSHSS. They shall usually be students who have not received another scholarship for their proposed or current course of study. The programs in which the two scholarships are to be awarded each year shall be nominated by the Director of the GSHSS in consultation with the Dean, and shall usually rotate annually across programs offered by the GSHSS. $4,800
Honours Art History Dwight Final Assessment Prize (Fine Arts) Culture and Communication Awarded at the final assessment for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (degree with honours) to a candidate who is presenting themselves for the first time in Fine Arts. $1,200
Graduate Research Australian History Brian Fitzpatrick Prize for Best Honours Thesis in Australian History Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awarded to the student who writes the best honours thesis on Australian History. $150
Graduate Research Australian History The Dennis-Wettenhall Prize Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Open for award to candidates for the degree of Master of Arts or Doctor Of Philosophy who have submitted a thesis of sufficient merit upon some aspect of Australian history. The award is made in respect of theses submitted by 31 March in each year. $1,070
Undergraduate Australian History  Gyles Turner Prize Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to an undergraduate of not more than three years' standing after their first enrolment, for an essay on some branch of Australasian History approved by the professor of History. $100
Graduate Research Australian Literary or Theatre Studies Australian Centre PhD Top-Up Scholarships Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awarded to a University of Melbourne doctoral candidate in the field of Australian Literary or Theatre Studies. The scholarship is awarded to the highest ranked eligible recipient of an APA, IPRS, MRS or MIRS. The award is to be used for research-related travel and/or equipment expenses.
Enquiries: aust-centre@unimelb.edu.au
$5,000
Undergraduate British History The Donald Mackay History Prizes (British History) Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student with the highest mark in the 2nd year of a course studying British History for a Bachelor of Arts. $310
Undergraduate British History  Laurie R. Gardiner Prize Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded annually to the undergraduate student who submits thebest essay on early modern British History (1400-1700). $400
Undergraduate British History  The Marion Boothby Exhibition Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student with the highest mark in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd year subjects in the field of British History. $500
Honours Classics and Archaeology  The D.H. Rankin Essay Prize Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts with honours in the School of Fine Arts, Classical Studies and Archaeology who submits the best thesis in classics. $250
Undergraduate  Classics and Archaeology  Douglas Howard Exhibition (Ancient Greek) Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded annually to the best student in 2nd year studying Ancient Greek. $1,200
Undergraduate  Classics and Archaeology  Douglas Howard Exhibition (Latin) Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the best student in 2nd year studying Latin. $600
Undergraduate  Classics and Archaeology  Exhibition for 1st Year Classics Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the best 1st year Bachelor of Arts Classics student. $100
Undergraduate  Classics and Archaeology  The H. B. Higgins Exhibition Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student with the highest mark in Beginners Ancient Greek. $500
Undergraduate  Classics and Archaeology  The John Grice Exhibition Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student with the highest aggregate mark for 1st year Beginners Latin A and B. $500
Undergraduate  Classics and Archaeology  The Ken McKay Prize for Beginners Greek Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded annually to the student enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts degree who achieves the best overall results in Beginners Ancient Greek, provided that the student was a genuine beginner. $370
Undergraduate, Honours, Graduate Coursework, Graduate Research Classics,  Archaeology, Ancient History William Culican Memorial Award Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to a History student, whether undergraduate or graduate, who shows outstanding ability in the field of Archaeology or Ancient History. $740
Honours Combined Honours other than English and History Percival Serle Prizes (Combined Honours other than English and History) Faculty Awarded for the highest overall mark in Arts in combined honours other than English and History $370
Graduate Coursework Cultural Materials Conservation The Alexander Copland Award Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences The Alexander Copland Award recognises excellence in cultural materials conservation. It is presented to the author of The University of Melbourne Masters of Cultural Materials Conservation minor thesis for work that advances the theory and practice of conservation.  The Award will be given to the student who achieves the highest mark in the subject CUMC90007 Minor Thesis - Conservation during the year of the Award.  $1,000
Honours Economics Dwight Final Assessment Prize (Economics) Economics Awarded at the final assessment for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (degree with honours) to a candidate who is presenting themselves for the first time in Ecomonics. $1,200
Honours English and Theatre Studies The Enid Derham Prize Culture and Communication Open to candidates who complete in the year of award their 4th year of the study of English whether as candidates for the degree of bachelor of Arts (degree with honours) in the school of English Language and Literature or in a combined honours course of which English Language and Literature forms a part. The prize is open to the candidate who shows the greatest appreciation of poetry. $100
Undergraduate  English and Theatre Studies Alexander Sutherland Prize Culture and Communication Book prize awarded to the student who stands highest at the assessment in English literature in the 3rd year of the Arts course.  $100
Undergraduate  English and Theatre Studies Percival Serle Prizes (2nd Year English) Culture and Communication Awarded at the assessment in the 2nd year English course to a student enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts. $370
Honours, Graduate Coursework English and Theatre Studies Professor Morris Prize Culture and Communication, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awarded for an essay on any subject approved by the Professor of English Language and Literature, whether as a dissertation for the final assessment or otherwise. It is open for competition to all enrolled students of not more than six years' standing. $100
Honours, Graduate Coursework English and Theatre Studies The Shirley McLaren Prize for Middle English Literature Culture and Communication, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awarded biennially to the student who during the preceding two years has submitted the best honours or graduate thesis in the field of Middle English Literature which includes Medieval Scots, for Bachelor of Arts with honours. $900
Honours English and Theatre Studies  Dwight Prize (English) Culture and Communication This prize is awarded at the final examination in an English Arts Degree with honours. $1,200
Honours English and Theatre Studies  Percival Serle Prizes (Honours English) Culture and Communication Awarded at the assessment in the final honours English course to a student enrolled for the degree of Bachelor of Arts. $370
Undergraduate  English and Theatre Studies  Cromarty Prize (English) Culture and Communication Book prize awarded to the student who submits the best essay in any 1st year English subject.  $230
Undergraduate  English and Theatre Studies  The Edward Stevens Exhibition (English) Culture and Communication Awarded to the student with the highest aggregate mark in 2nd year English subjects. $500
Undergraduate  English and Theatre Studies  The John Sanderson Exhibition (English) Culture and Communication Awarded to the student with the highest aggregate mark in the 1st year English subjects. $500
Undergraduate, Honours English and Theatre Studies  The Richard Gunter Prizes (English) Culture and Communication Awarded to the student who obtains the highest overall marks in third year English and who enrols in 4th year English (honours). $300
Graduate Coursework English and Theatre Studies  Percival Serle Prizes (Master of Arts Thesis in English) Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awarded for a thesis of special distinction submitted for the degree of Master of Arts through the department of English. $370
Honours English and Theatre Studies, History The Kathleen Fitzpatrick Exhibition Culture and Communication, Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the best Bachelor of Arts honours student in a combined honours course in English and History at their final assessment. $150
Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies, History Bowen Prize Culture and Communication, Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student who submits the best essay on a subject in the field of British History or British literature. This prize alternates each year between the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies and the School of Culture and Communication.  $820
Undergraduate Eurpoean History  Felix Raab Prize Historical and Philosophical Studies Book prize awarded for an essay written as part of the prescribed work in early modern European History as selected by the dean from time to time and is open to competition among candidates not already graduates of this or any other university, who are enrolled in this subject for the first time.  $120
Honours French Dwight Prize (French) Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the student at the final assessment in the French Bachelor of Arts (degree with honours). $1,200
Honours French Mary Taylor Scholarships (2nd Year) Languages and Linguistics Awarded at the annual assessment in French Language and Literature Part I in the 2nd year of the course for the degree of bachelor of Arts with honours. $1,250
Honours French The Professor A.R. Chisholm Memorial Prize Languages and Linguistics Awarded to a student undertaking studies in the department of French in the 4th year of the course for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with honours and is awarded on the recommendation of the examiners on the basis of excellence judged by the attainment of a grade which is the equivalent of first class honours for the thesis required to be submitted for assessment in that year. $150
Undergraduate French Liet Memorial Prizes (1st Prize) Languages and Linguistics Awarded  based on the results of the assessment for French Part 1A at the University.  $100
Undergraduate French Liet Memorial Prizes (2nd Prize) Languages and Linguistics Awarded  based on the results of the assessment for French Part 1A at the University.  $100
Undergraduate  French Mary Taylor Scholarships (3rd Year) Languages and Linguistics Awarded  at the annual assessment in French Language and Literature Part II or Part III in the 3rd Year of the course for the degree of bachelor of Arts with honours. $1,250
Undergraduate  French Prix Liliane Gay Prize Languages and Linguistics Supported by the Alliance Française de Melbourne (AF) and awarded to the student with the best overall result in 2nd year French. $200
Undergraduate  French The Baillieu Exhibition Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the student with the highest aggregate mark in 1st year French. $500
Undergraduate  French The Mrs. William Smith Exhibition Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the student with the highest aggregate mark in subjects in the 3rd year studies in the French post-VCE stream. $500
Undergraduate  French The Richard Gunter Prizes (French) Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the student who obtains the highest overall marks in 3rd year French and who enrols in 4th year French (honours). $300
Honours, Graduate Coursework French The Doctor Joseph Birch Hanson Prize Languages and Linguistics, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awarded to the student enrolled inthe degree of Bachelor of Arts (Hons) or Masters for distinction in the study of Contemporary French Literature or Poetry. $3,500
Undergraduate  Gender Studies Association of Women on Campus at the University of Melbourne (AWCUM) Prize Culture and Communication Supported by AWCUM and awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark for the nominated 2nd year subject. $750
Undergraduate German The Margaret Sefton Delmer Prize Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the student who achieves the best result in the 2nd year German. $650
Undergraduate  German Exhibition for 1st Year German Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the best 1st year German student. $300
Undergraduate  German Exhibition for 2nd Year German Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the best 2nd year German student. $300
Undergraduate  German Exhibition for 3rd Year German Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the best 3rd year German student. $300
Undergraduate  German Robert and Johanna Exiner Scholarship Languages and Linguistics Awarded bienially to an undergraduate student, to pay all or part of the costs of undertaking a course of study approved by the department in Germany. $1,600
Honours, Graduate Coursework, Graduate Research German The Richard Samuel Prize Languages and Linguistics, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awarded to the most outstanding student in German, in that academic unit, in the 4th year of an undergraduate course in German or in a graduate course in German in that academic unit. $1,000
Undergraduate, Honours, Graduate Coursework, Graduate Research German The Anita Rodgers Scholarship Languages and Linguistics, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awarded at least every third year to assist a student of German to further their studies by studying in Germany. $310
Undergraduate Hebrew and Jewish Studies The A.D. Hallam Memorial Prizes (Advanced Hebrew) Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student who achieves the best overall result in advanced Hebrew, with preference being given to students who have completed two semesters at the advanced level. $390
Undergraduate Hebrew and Jewish Studies The A.D. Hallam Memorial Prizes (Beginners Hebrew) Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student who achieves the best overall result in the two semesters of beginners Hebrew. $150
Undergraduate Hebrew and Jewish Studies The A.D. Hallam Memorial Prizes (Intermediate Hebrew) Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student who achieves the best overall result in intermediate Hebrew, with preference being given to students who have completed two semesters at Intermediate level. $230
Undergraduate Hebrew and Jewish Studies The Takamitsu Muraoka Prize  (Hebrew) Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark overall in beginners, intermediate or advanced Hebrew language subjects. $110
Undergraduate, Honours Hebrew and Jewish Studies The National Council of Jewish Women of Australia Fanny Reading Scholarship in Hebrew Language Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student or students who have achieved the highest mark overall studying beginners, intermediate or advanced Hebrew language and enrolled in the degree of bachelor of Arts, whether at pass or honours level, or other University award course, including but not limited to the Diploma of Modern Languages. $670
Graduate Research History Caroline Kay's Scholarships (History) Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awarded biennially to students enrolled in the 1st year of a graduate research degree in the field of History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies who were enrolled in honours in the discipline of History at the University in the year prior to their graduate degree. Awarded to the graduate research student who achieved the highest weighted average honours year mark in the prior year. $20,000
Honours History Dwight Prize (History) Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded at the final assessment in the course for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (degree with honours) $1,200
Honours History The Margaret Kiddle Prize Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student who submitted the best final honours essay and who otherwise completes the work appropriate to the final year of the honours course for which they are enrolled. $590
Undergraduate History Exhibition for 1st Year History Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the best 1st year Bachelor of Arts History student. $100
Undergraduate History R.G. Wilson Scholarships (3rd Year) Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the best student enrolled in a 3rd year course in the department of History. $2,780
Undergraduate History The Donald Mackay History Prizes (History) Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student with the highest mark in any History subject (other than British History) in the 2nd yearof a Bachelor of Arts. $310
Undergraduate History The Juliet Flesch Cambridge Studies Prize Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student who submits the best essay using the collection known as 'the Cambridge in Books' in the Baillieu Library. $150
Undergraduate History The Rosemary Merlo Prize (2nd Year) Historical and Philosophical Studies Book prize awarded to a 2nd year Bachelor of Arts student with the best essay submitted as part of the prescribed work for a history subject.   $150
Undergraduate History The Rosemary Merlo Prizes (1st Year) Historical and Philosophical Studies Book Prize awarded to a 1st year Bachelor of Arts student with thebest essaysubmitted as part of the prescribed work for a history subject. $150
Graduate Coursework, Graduate Research History  Dr Rodney Lloyd Benjamin History Prize Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awarded for the best essay in Australian history by a student enrolled in a graduate degree in the faculty of Arts with preference given to essays that focus on aspects of the history of the state of Victoria. $1,120
Graduate Coursework, Graduate Research History  Wyselaskie Scholarship in History Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the best student in History in a year of the course determined by the Faculty of Arts. $8,000
Honours History and Philosophy of Science Dwight Final Assessment Prize (History & Philosophy of Science) Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded at the final assessment for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (degree with honours) open for competition amongst candidates who are presenting themselves for the first time in History and Philosophy of Science. $1,200
Undergraduate International Relations Jeanette Kosky Prize Social and Political Sciences Awarded to the student who has done the most original work in the study of international relations. $200
Undergraduate Irish History The Mary O'Donoghue Prize Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to a Bachelor of Arts History student for the best piece of work submitted by an undergraduate student in the field of Irish Studies, provided that the prize will not be awarded if it is considered that there is no entry of sufficient merit. $400
Honours Italian The Clelia Vittoria Meden Scholarship Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the student who receives the highest mark in honours course in Italian. $700
Not Enrolled Italian The Colin McCormick Memorial Scholarship Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the first applicant ranked on a final list who has recieved the average of "B" grade or higher in the VCE Italian assessment and who has accepted a place to pursue Italian studies as part of a degree course. $2,000
Undergraduate Italian The Dr Soccorso Santoro Prize Languages and Linguistics The Italian department of the Faculty of Arts nominates students for this prize on behalf of the Dante Alighieri Society - Melbourne. A prize will be awarded to the student who achieves the highest result in Italian studies in the category of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year levels. $200
Graduate Coursework Linguistics and Applied Linguistics The Terry Quinn Award for Applied Linguistics Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awarded to the student in any given year who has received the highest mark for the Masters in Applied Linguistics minor thesis . $200
Honours Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Dwight Final Assessment Prize (Linguistics) Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the student at final assessment in degree of bachelor of Arts (degree with honours) in Linguistics who is presenting themselves for the first time. $1,200
Undergraduate Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Prize (1st Year) Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the best Linguistics and Applied Linguistics 1st year student. $150
Undergraduate Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Prize (2nd Year) Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the best Linguistics and Applied Linguistics 2nd year student. $150
Undergraduate Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Prize (3rd Year) Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the best Linguistics and Applied Linguistics 3rd year student. $150
Honours Modern Languages (Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Russian) W.T. Mollison Scholarship Asia Institute, Languages and Linguistics Two awards to the value of $20,000 each will be awarded to students who have completed the final assessment of an honours program in modern languages taught in the University at the time of such assessment. Submit an expression of interest at http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/award/wt-mollison-scholarship-modern-languages $40,000
Graduate CourseworkChineseOriental Trust Fund - Masters of Translation ScholarshipAsia InstituteAwarded on the basis of academic merit to a commencing student who has applied for admission to, or been currently accepted in a Masters of Translation course at the University of Melbourne. Successful completion of an undergraduate degree (at any University) with at least an H2A (75%) average, or equivalent. The highest ranked applicant above 75% will be awarded the scholarship. One award offered each semester of $5,000.$10,000
Undergraduate Modern Languages (Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Russian) Wyselaskie Scholarship in Modern Languages Asia Institute, Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the best student undertaking Modern Languages. $8,000
Honours Modern Languages (Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Russian) Omero Schiassi Prize Languages and Linguistics This award is an additional award to the W.T. Mollison Scholarship and shall be made to any student who is undertaking language studies in Italian and is awarded the W.T. Mollison Scholarship. $860
Honours Philosophy Laurie Prizes (Major) Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the candidate who has been placed second in the first class honours list in the final year of the pure honours course in Philosophy for the degree of Bachelor of Arts and who ranks in the class list next to the winner of the Hastie Scholarship. $480
Honours Philosophy Laurie Prizes (Minor) Historical and Philosophical Studies Award to the candidate who has been placed first of those taking a combined honours course with Philosophy in the first class honours list. $350
Honours Philosophy The Hastie Scholarship Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the candidate placed first in the first class honours list in the final year of the pure honours course in Philosophy. $10,000
Undergraduate Philosophy The Brenda Judge Prizes in Philosophy (2nd Year) Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the  student who submits  the best piece of written work in a2nd year Philosophy subject. $250
Undergraduate Philosophy The Brenda Judge Prizes in Philosophy (3rd Year) Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student who submits the best piece of written work in a 3rd year Philosophy subject. $250
Undergraduate Philosophy The Hastie Exhibition Historical and Philosophical Studies Two Hastie exhibitions are awarded to the two students who attain the highest overall results in two Philosophy subjects. $10,000
Undergraduate Philosophy Wyselaskie Scholarship in Logic Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student with the highest mark for proficiency in Logic in a year of the course determined by the faculty. $8,000
Undergraduate, Honours Philosophy The Adele Henderson Prize Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the person who submits the best political philosophy and social philosophy essay to the academic unit responsible for the discipline of Philosophy in the preceding academic year. $200
Graduate Coursework Political Science Hamish Malcolm Memorial Bursary Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awarded each semester at the end of the selection process to an International student commencing in a graduate coursework program with the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) in a relevant qualification.  $500
Honours Politics Dwight Final Assessment Prize (Political Science) Social and Political Sciences Awarded at the final assessment honours schools for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (degree with honours) open for competition amongst candidates who are presenting themselves for the first time in Politics. $1,200
Undergraduate Politics Exhibition for 1st Year Politics Social and Political Sciences Awarded to the best 1st year Politics student. $100
Undergraduate Public Policy J A Aird Memorial Prize in Public Policy Social and Political Sciences Supported by The Institute of Public Administration Australia, Victorian Division (IPAA Victoria). Awarded to the best student enrolled in the subject Public Policy Making as part of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Public Policy and Management degree. $500
Graduate Coursework Social and Political Sciences The W. Macmahon Ball Prize in International Politics Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awarded to the student enrolled in a graduate course in Political Sciences who submits the best essay in international studies. $500
Undergraduate Women's History Jessie Mary Vasey Prizes for Best Women's History Essay Historical and Philosophical Studies Supported by The War Widows' Guild of Australia and awarded to the 3rd and 4th year Bachelor of Arts students with the best essays on women's history. $1,000