Ernest Scott Prize

14th Nov 2017
31st Dec 2017
Enrolment status
Alumnus; Other
University Trust Record



This year's winner announced : See the winner for 2017

Study Area



Emily Scott founded this prize to perpetuate the memory of her husband Emeritus Professor Sir Ernest Scott Knight Bachelor. Ernest Scott was professor of History at the University was for 23 years. The prize commemorates his interest in the development of Australian historical studies.

Ernest Scott was professor of History from 1913 to 1936. Born outside wedlock, raised by his grandparents and enjoying no higher education, he worked as a journalist for twenty years. As a young Fabian and Theosophist, he married the daughter of Annie Besant and migrated to Melbourne in 1892. His books on Australian exploration history made Scott into a professional among amateurs and antiquarians. He inspired his students to do archival research and to ask critical questions of popular historical mythologies. A generation of young Australians learned about the country's past from his notable Short History of Australia (1916).

List of winners - 1952 onwards


$13,000 (Approximate)


Specifically for published research on history of Australia/New Zealand.
Applicants are normally resident in Australia or New Zealand or the respective external territories.


Work must:

  • Be based upon original research, which is, in the opinion of the judges, the most distinguished contribution to the history of Australia or New Zealand or to the history of colonisation
  • Have been published during the calendar year prior to the first day of January of the year in which it is to be awarded
  • Be entered by publishers. Authors are advised to request their publishers to enter their books on their behalf if they wish to enter
  • Winners will be invited to attend the announcement at the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Lecture at the University of Melbourne 2018 (date TBC) to receive their award
  • Winners will also be invited to present the 'Ernest Scott Lecture' in October 2018 (date TBC) at the University of Melbourne.

Recipients are required to:

  • Accept award online within 21 days
  • Write a letter of appreciation to their donor/committee (Upon acceptance)


Shortlisted entries will be announced mid-March 2018.

The official announcement of the winner will be after the Kathleen Fitzpatrick lecture.

Application process

  1. Please complete and submit application form
  2. Mail a copy of the book to each of the judges (2). The postal addresses for the judges will be supplied via email alert after the online entry form has been successfully submitted
  3. Attach a cover page to each book stating:
    • Publisher, publisher contact name, position, email address, contact phone number
    • Book details, Author, date published, ISBN number
    • Books submitted will not be returned.

2018 Judges: Professor Chris Hilliard (University of Sydney, NSW) and Associate Prof Lisa Ford (University of New South Wales, NSW)

It would be preferable for the Judges to receive books as soon as possible and prior to Christmas.