Prizes

We offer a range of merit-based prizes each year to recognise the outstanding achievements of our top 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). There is no application process for these prizes: they are merit based and recipients are considered automatically based on results. 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

The prizes are listed alphabetically below by Program Area.

Program areaPrize Study levelSchoolDetails Approximate value
ArtsDwight Final Examination Prize (Combined Honours) Honours Faculty of Arts Two prizes awarded to the highest achieving combined honours students. $1,200 each
ArtsPercival Serle Prize (Combined Honours) Honours Faculty of Arts Awarded to the highest achieving combined honours (other than English and History) student. $370
ArtsR.G. Wilson Scholarships (Honours) Honours Faculty of Arts Three scholarships awarded to the highest achieving honours students. $3,000 each
ArtsFaculty of Arts Excellence Scholarship Master by coursework Faculty of Arts Two scholarships awarded to the two highest achieving master by coursework students. $2,500 each
ArtsMary Euhus Scholarship Graduate Coursework Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Two scholarships 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. $2,700 each
Art History Dwight Final Assessment Prize (Fine Arts) Honours Culture and Communication Awarded to the highest achieving  honours student in Art History and Art Curatorship. $1,200
Art History National Gallery of Victoria Art History Prize Undergraduate Culture and Communication Awarded to the highest achieving student in third year art history who continues onto the honours art history program or the Master of Art Curatorship. $1,000, NGV Membership and a season pass
Asia Institute Asia Institute Honours Prize Honours Asia InstituteAwarded to the top five students with the highest WAMs in their undergraduate major from the Asia Institute. The relevant majors for this purpose are Asian Studies, Islamic Studies, Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Arabic Studies, and Indonesian Studies. $10,000 each
Asia InstituteAsia Institute PhD Scholarship PhD Asia Institute Awarded on the basis of academic merit. Eligible applicants are automatically considered, scored and ranked according to their academic achievement of their completed tertiary degrees, published articles, writing samples, research proposal, language and analytical skills relevant to their proposed field of study, and other factors relevant to the proposed research, such as professional experience. $30,600 per annum for full time students (pro-rata for part time students) paid as a stipend.
Australian History Brian Fitzpatrick Prize for Best Honours Thesis in Australian History Honours Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student who writes the best honours thesis on Australian History. $150
Australian History Dennis-Wettenhall Prize Graduate Research Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded for the degree of Master of Arts or Doctor Of Philosophy to students who have submitted a thesis of sufficient merit upon some aspect of Australian history.  $1,100
Australian History Dr Rodney Lloyd Benjamin OAM History Prize Graduate Coursework, Graduate Research Historical and Philosophical Studies 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. $1000
Australian History Gyles Turner Prize Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to an undergraduate for an essay on some branch of Australasian History. $100
British History Donald Mackay History Prizes (British History) Undergraduate 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
British History Laurie R. Gardiner Prize Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to an undergraduate student who submits the best essay on early modern British History (1400-1700). $400
British History Marion Boothby Exhibition Undergraduate 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
Classics and Archaeology D.H. Rankin Essay Prize Honours 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
Classics and Archaeology Douglas Howard Exhibition (Ancient Greek) Undergraduate  Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded annually to the best student in 2nd year studying Ancient Greek. $600
Classics and Archaeology Douglas Howard Exhibition (Latin) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the best student in 2nd year studying Latin. $600
Classics and Archaeology  Exhibition for 1st Year Classics Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the best 1st year Bachelor of Arts Classics student. $100
Classics and Archaeology H. B. Higgins Exhibition Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student with the highest mark in Beginners Ancient Greek. $500
Classics and Archaeology John Grice Exhibition Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student with the highest aggregate mark for 1st year Beginners Latin A and B. $500
Classics and Archaeology Ken McKay Prize for Beginners Greek Undergraduate  Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts degree who achieves the best overall results in Beginners Ancient Greek. $370
Classics and Archaeology, Ancient History William Culican Memorial Award Undergraduate, Honours, Graduate Coursework, Graduate Research 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
Creative Writing Melbourne Writers Festival Creative Writing Prize Undergraduate Culture and Communication Awarded to the highest achieving student in third year Creative Writing who continues onto honours in Creative Writing or the Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing.  $1000 and a Platinum Pass to the Writers Festival.
Cultural Materials Conservation Alexander Copland Award Graduate Coursework Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark for the Cultural Materials Conservation minor thesis for work that advances the theory and practice of conservation. $1,000
Economics Dwight Final Assessment Prize (Economics) Honours Economics Awarded to the highest achieving Bachelor of Arts  honours student in Economics. $1,200
English and Theatre Studies Enid Derham Prize Honours Culture and Communication Awarded to the highest achieving honours student who shows the greatest appreciation of poetry. $100
English and Theatre Studies Alexander Sutherland Prize Undergraduate  Culture and Communication Awarded to the highest achieving student in 3rd year English literature. $100 book voucher
English and Theatre Studies Percival Serle Prizes (2nd Year English) Undergraduate  Culture and Communication Awarded to the highest achieving student in 2nd year English. $370
English and Theatre Studies Professor Morris Prize Honours, Graduate Coursework Culture and Communication 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. $100
English and Theatre Studies Shirley McLaren Prize for Middle English Literature Honours, Graduate Coursework Culture and Communication 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
English and Theatre Studies Dwight Prize (English) Honours Culture and Communication Awarded to the highest achieving honours student in English. $1,200
English and Theatre Studies Percival Serle Prizes (Honours English) Honours Culture and Communication Awarded to the highest achieving honours student in English. $370
English and Theatre Studies Cromarty Prize (English) Undergraduate Culture and Communication Awarded to the student who submits the best essay in any 1st year English subject. $230 book voucher
English and Theatre Studies Edward Stevens Exhibition Undergraduate Culture and Communication Awarded to the student with the highest aggregate mark in 2nd year English subjects. $500
English and Theatre Studies John Sanderson Exhibition (English) Undergraduate  Culture and Communication Awarded to the student with the highest aggregate mark in the 1st year English subjects. $500
English and Theatre Studies Richard Gunter Prizes (English) Undergraduate, Honours 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
English and Theatre Studies Percival Serle Prizes (Master of Arts Thesis in English) Graduate Coursework Culture and Communication Awarded for a thesis of special distinction submitted for the degree of Master of Arts through the department of English. $370
English and Theatre Studies, History Kathleen Fitzpatrick Exhibition Honours Culture and Communication, Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the highest achieving student in combined honours in English and History. $150
English and Theatre Studies, History Bowen Prize Undergraduate 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
European History Felix Raab Prize Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the highest achieving student for an essay written on early modern European History. $120 book prize
French Dwight Prize (French) Honours Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the highest achieving honours student in French. $1,200
French Mary Taylor Scholarships (2nd Year) Honours Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the highest achieving student in French Language and Literature Part I in 2nd year. $1,250
French Mary Taylor Scholarships (3rd Year) Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the highest achieving student in French Language and Literature Part II or Part III in 3rd Year. $1,250
French Professor A.R. Chisholm Memorial Prize Honours Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the student with the highest mark for their French honours thesis. $150
French Liet Memorial Prizes (1st Prize) Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the highest achieving student  in beginners French. $100
French Liet Memorial Prizes (2nd Prize) Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the second highest achieving student  in beginners French. $100
French Baillieu Exhibition Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the student with the highest aggregate mark in 1st year French. $500
French Mrs. William Smith Exhibition Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the student with the highest aggregate mark in 3rd year French. $500
French Richard Gunter Prizes (French) Undergraduate 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
French Doctor Joseph Birch Hanson Prize Honours, Graduate Coursework Languages and Linguistics, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awarded to the student enrolled in the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Hons) or Masters for distinction in the study of Contemporary French Literature or Poetry. $3,500
Gender Studies Association of Women on Campus at the University of Melbourne (AWCUM) Prize Undergraduate Culture and Communication Supported by AWCUM and awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark for a nominated 2nd year subject. $1000
German Margaret Sefton Delmer Prize Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the student who achieves the best result in the 2nd year German. $650
German Exhibition for 1st Year German Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the best 1st year German student. $300
German Exhibition for 2nd Year German Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the best 2nd year German student. $300
German Exhibition for 3rd Year German Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the best 3rd year German student. $300
German Richard Samuel Prize Honours, Graduate Coursework, Graduate Research Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the most outstanding honours or post graduate student in German. $1,000
Hebrew and Jewish Studies A.D. Hallam Memorial Prizes (Beginners Hebrew) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student who achieves the best overall result in the two semesters of beginners Hebrew. $150
Hebrew and Jewish Studies A.D. Hallam Memorial Prizes (Intermediate Hebrew) Undergraduate 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
Hebrew and Jewish Studies A.D. Hallam Memorial Prizes (Advanced Hebrew) Undergraduate 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
Hebrew and Jewish Studies Takamitsu Muraoka Prize (Hebrew) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark overall in beginners, intermediate or advanced Hebrew language subjects. $110
Hebrew and Jewish Studies National Council of Jewish Women of Australia Fanny Reading Scholarship in Hebrew Language Undergraduate, Honours 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
History, Classics or Archaeology Greg Dening Prize Graduate Coursework, Graduate Research Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded for the best graduate work in History, Classics or Archaeology. The essay must have been published or accepted for publication in either a refereed journal or in a collection of essays within twelve months before the closing date stated on the Nomination Form. All essays published by University of Melbourne postgraduates in the Melbourne Historical Journal will be considered for the Prize. All other essays must be submitted by the author/s. The author/s may submit more than one entry. For further information and to enter please see the Melbourne Historical Journal Prizes web page. $250
History Caroline Kay's Scholarships (History) Graduate Research Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded annually to students enrolled in the 1st year of a graduate research degree in the field of History who were enrolled in honours in the discipline of History at the University in the year prior to their graduate degree. Awarded to the student who achieved the highest weighted average honours year mark in the prior year. $13,000
History Dwight Prize (History) Honours Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the highest achieving honours student in History. $1,200
History Margaret Kiddle Prize Honours Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student who submitted the best final honours essay and who otherwise completed the work appropriate to the final year of the honours course for which they were enrolled. $590
History Exhibition for 1st Year History Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the best 1st year Bachelor of Arts History student. $100
History R.G. Wilson Scholarships (3rd Year) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the best student enrolled in a 3rd year course in the department of History. $2,780
History Donald Mackay History Prizes (History) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student with the highest mark in any History subject (other than British History) in the 2nd year of a Bachelor of Arts. $310
History Juliet Flesch Cambridge Studies Prize Undergraduate 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
History Rosemary Merlo Prizes (1st Year) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to a 1st year Bachelor of Arts student who submits the best essay. $150 book voucher
History Rosemary Merlo Prize (2nd Year) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to a 2nd year Bachelor of Arts student who submits the best essay. $150 book voucher
History Wyselaskie Scholarship in History Graduate Coursework, Graduate Research Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded for the most outstanding overall performance in the first year of the History PhD programme. $8,000
History and Philosophy of Science Dwight Final Assessment Prize (History and Philosophy of Science) Honours Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the highest achieving honours student in History and Philosophy of Science. $1,200
International Relations Jeanette Kosky Prize Undergraduate Social and Political Sciences Awarded to the student who has done the most original work in the study of international relations. $200
International StudiesW. Macmahon Ball Prize in International Politics Graduate Coursework Social and Political Sciences Awarded to a student enrolled in a graduate course in Political Sciences who submits the best essay in international studies. $500
Irish History Mary O'Donoghue Prize Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to a Bachelor of Arts History student for the best piece of work submitted in the field of Irish Studies.  $400
Italian Clelia Vittoria Meden Scholarship Honours Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the student who receives the highest mark in honours Italian and who enrols in a post graduate course in Italian or to the student who receives the highest mark in third-year Italian and who enrols in honours Italian. $700
Italian Colin McCormick Memorial Scholarship Not Enrolled Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the first applicant ranked on a final list who has received 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
Italian Dr Soccorso Santoro Prize Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics Three prizes are awarded to the students who achieve the highest results in Italian in 1st, 2nd and 3rd year. $200 each
Italian Omero Schiassi Prize Honours Languages and Linguistics Awarded to a recipient of the W.T. Mollison Scholarship who is undertaking language studies in Italian. $1,300
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Terry Quinn Award for Applied Linguistics Graduate Coursework Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the student  who has received the highest mark for the Masters in Applied Linguistics minor thesis. $200
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Dwight Final Assessment Prize (Linguistics) Honours Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the highest achieving honours student in Linguistics. $1,200
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Prize (1st Year) Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the highest achieving 1st year Linguistics and Applied Linguistics student. $300
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Prize (2nd Year) Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the highest achieving 2nd year Linguistics and Applied Linguistics student. $300
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Prize (3rd Year) Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the highest achieving 3rd year Linguistics and Applied Linguistics student. $300
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Appen Prize for Excellence in Linguistics Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the highest achieving third year student on the basis of all their marks in the Linguistics Major who goes on to enrol in honours.  $1000
Modern Languages (Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish) Wyselaskie Scholarship in Modern Languages Undergraduate Asia Institute, Languages and Linguistics Awarded to the highest achieving student from B-ARTS, B-ARTSEXT and D-Lang who completed a major in a modern language. $8,000
Philosophy Laurie Prizes (Major) Honours Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student who ranks third in honours in Philosophy. $480
Philosophy Laurie Prizes (Minor) Honours Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the highest achieving student in the combined honours course with Philosophy. $350
Philosophy Hastie Exhibitions Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Two exhibitions awarded to the two highest achieving students in two Philosophy subjects. $5,000 each
Philosophy Hastie Scholarships Honours Historical and Philosophical Studies Two Scholarships awarded to the two highest achieving students in honours Philosophy. $10,000 each
Philosophy Brenda Judge Prizes in Philosophy (2nd Year) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student who submits the best piece of written work in a 2nd year Philosophy subject. $250
Philosophy Brenda Judge Prizes in Philosophy (3rd Year) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student who submits the best piece of written work in a 3rd year Philosophy subject. $250
Philosophy Wyselaskie Scholarship in Logic Undergraduate 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
Philosophy Adele Henderson Prize Undergraduate, Honours Historical and Philosophical Studies Awarded to the student 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
Politics Dwight Final Assessment Prize (Political Science) Honours Social and Political Sciences Awarded to the highest achieving honours student in Politics. $1,200
Politics Exhibition for 1st Year Politics Undergraduate Social and Political Sciences Awarded to the highest achieving 1st year Politics student. $100
Public Policy J A Aird Memorial Prize in Public Policy Undergraduate Social and Political Sciences Supported by The Institute of Public Administration Australia, Victorian Division (IPAA Victoria), this prize is awarded to the highest achieving student enrolled in the subject Public Policy Making as part of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Public Policy and Management degree. $1000
Screen Studies Melbourne International Film Festival Screen Studies Prize Undergraduate Culture and Communication Awarded to the highest achieving student in third year screen studies who continues onto the honours screen studies program or the Master of Arts and Cultural Management. $1000 and a MIFF festival passport
Women's History Jessie Mary Vasey Prizes for Best Women's History Essay

Undergraduate
Honours

Historical and Philosophical Studies Supported  by the War Widows'Guild, these prizes are awarded for the best 3rd and 4th year essays on women's history. $1,000 each