Prue Torney Fellows’ Prize

23rd Feb 2017
31st Mar 2017
Study level
Undergraduate, Honours, Graduate coursework, Graduate research
Enrolment status
Current student; Alumnus
University Trust Record


Study Area

Asian studies, History


This prize is supported by the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies Fellows' Group.

The Prize will be awarded for a book of history or biography about Australians who individually or collectively have contributed to an understanding of Asia or Australian perceptions of Asia (or any part thereof in either case). 'Asia' for this purpose is as defined by the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)




The Prize is open to any graduate of the University of Melbourne.

  • Books published in the last five years before the year in which the award is made could be considered
  • Suitable subjects would include Australian journalists, foreign correspondents and broadcasters (as exemplified in Prue's own work) but not to be limited to them. They might, for example, extend to Australian film-makers, Australians who have pioneered engagement with Asia, or exposures of Australian anti-Asian prejudice, but would exclude books of Asian history
  • The selection committee will determine in its discretion whether a book qualifies as a work of history or biography
  • Books of Asian history are excluded from the award
  • In making an award preference will be given to works by more recent graduates over established scholars
  • The judging panel consists of an Associate Dean from School of Historical & Philosophical Studies and at least two members from the SHAPS Fellow's Group
  • The Judging Panel will assess books by reference to the following criteria:
    • Scholarly quality of research
    • Writing and presentation
    • Contribution to an understanding of Asia or Australian perceptions of Asia (or parts thereof)


Recipients are required to:

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


Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email in early September.

Application process

  • Complete and submit online application form
  • Mail three (3) hard copies of your book to:
  • Faculty of Arts Awards Team
    Level 1, Arts West Building
    External Relations Unit (Rooms 101-123)
    The University of Melbourne 3010

    Books submitted will not be returned. The author may submit more than one entry. No late entries will be accepted.





    The amount available for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.

    The judges' decision will be final and the University reserves the right not to award the prize in the event it is considered that no work of sufficient merit has been submitted. Winning applicants please note the University of Melbourne reserves the right to publish the name of the winning applicant on its websites and other University of Melbourne publications.

    Taxation on scholarships

    Scholarships awarded to part-time students are assessed as taxable income by the Australian Taxation Office (under section 51-10 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997).

    To ensure the correct rate of income tax is withheld, part-time students will be asked to provide a Tax File Number (TFN) Declaration Form prior to payment.

    For further information on whether a scholarship is taxable, please visit the Australian Taxation Office website.