Prue Torney Fellows’ Prize
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.
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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.