School of Historical & Philosophical Studies Fellows’ Group Annual History Essay Prize

23rd Feb 2017
17th Apr 2017
Study level
Graduate coursework, Graduate research
Enrolment status
Current student; Alumnus; Other
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This prize is supported by the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies Fellows' Group.

The prize is intended to assist in establishing values and standards in historical research and publication, and to encourage appreciation of, and learning from, the work of the School's graduate history students. The prize will be awarded to the essay that best reflects this.




  1. In the year the article is submitted for the Prize, the author must be or have been enrolled in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, to undertake a Masters or PhD thesis on a historical topic
  2. Essays should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length inclusive of Endnotes and/or Footnotes
  3. The essay must have been published or accepted for publication in a Department of Education-refereed journal, including Melbourne Historical Journal, within twelve months before the closing date stated on the application form
  4. Co-authored essays will be considered if authors meet the conditions above
  5. The decision of the judging panel will be final
  6. The judging panel will assess essays by reference to the following: scholarly quality of research, writing and presentation and contribution to a new understanding of history
  7. Copies of the successful publication will be deposited in the National Library of Australia


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 within 6-8 weeks after the closing date.

Application process

Complete and submit online application form. You will be required to upload a PDF copy of your essay with this form

  • No essay will be considered for the Prize in more than one year
  • The author/s 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.