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. 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
Arts Dwight Final Examination Prize (Combined Honours) Honours Faculty of Arts
Two annual awards to the highest ranked (thesis) combined honours students in any disciplines.
$1,600 each
Arts Percival Serle Prize (Combined Honours) Honours Faculty of Arts One annual award to the highest ranked (WAM) combined honours student for any combination other than English and History. $400
Arts R.G. Wilson Scholarship (Honours Honours Faculty of Arts Three annual awards to the highest ranked (WAM) honours students in any discipline. $3,200 each
Arts Faculty of Arts Excellence Scholarship Master by coursework Faculty of Arts Two annual awards to the highest ranked (WAM) master by coursework students in any discipline $2,500 each
Arts Mary Euhus Scholarship Graduate Coursework Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSHSS) Two annual awards 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. $2,800 each
Art History Dwight Final Assessment Prize (Fine Arts Honours Culture and Communication One annual award for the highest ranked honours thesis in Art History and Art Curatorship $1,600
Art History National Gallery of Victoria Art History Prize Undergraduate Culture and Communication One annual award to the highest ranked 3rd year Art History student who continues onto the honours Art History program or the Master of Art Curatorship. $1,000, NGV Membership and a season pass
Asia InstituteAsia Institute Honours Prize Honours Asia InstituteFive annual awards to the 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 InstituteOne annual award automatically considered based on PhD applications. $30,600 per annum (pro-rata for P/T).
Australian History Brian Fitzpatrick Prize for Best Honours Thesis in Australian History Honours Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to for the best honours thesis on Australian History. $150
Australian History Dennis-Wettenhall Prize Graduate Research Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award for a thesis by a Master or PhD student on some aspect of Australian History. $1,200
Australian History Dr Rodney Lloyd Benjamin OAM History Prize Graduate Coursework, Graduate Research Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award for an essay that focuses on aspects of the history of the state of Victoria by a graduate student. $1200
Australian History Gyles Turner Prize Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award for an essay on some branch of Australasian History by an undergraduate student. $100
British History Donald Mackay History Prize (British History Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked 2nd year student in British History. $350
British History Laurie R. Gardiner Prize Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked essay on early modern British History (1400-1700) by an undergraduate student. $400
British History Marion Boothby Exhibition Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked 1st, 2nd or 3rd year student in British History subjects. $500
Classics and Archaeology D.H. Rankin Essay Prize Honours Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award for the highest ranked honours thesis in Classics. $700
Classics and Archaeology Douglas Howard Exhibition (Ancient Greek) Undergraduate  Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked 2nd year student in Ancient Greek. $700
Classics and Archaeology Douglas Howard Exhibition (Latin) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked 2nd year student in Latin. $700
Classics and Archaeology Exhibition for 1st Year Classics Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked 1st year student Classics. $100
Classics and Archaeology H. B. Higgins Exhibition Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked student in Beginners Ancient Greek $500
Classics and Archaeology John Grice Exhibition Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked student in Beginners Latin. $500
Classics and Archaeology Ken McKay Prize for Beginners Greek Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked student in Beginners Ancient Greek $650
Classics and Archaeology, Ancient History William Culican Memorial Award Undergraduate, Honours, Graduate Coursework, Graduate Research Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to a student who  shows outstanding ability in the field of Archaeology or Ancient History. $800
Creative Writing Melbourne Writers Festival Creative Writing Prize Undergraduate Culture and Communication One annual award to the highest ranked 3rd year Creative Writing student 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 One annual award for the highest ranked 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 One annual award for the highest ranked Bachelor of Arts honours thesis in Economics. $1,600
English and Theatre Studies Enid Derham Prize Honours Culture and Communication One annual award to an honours student who shows the greatest appreciation of poetry. $100
English and Theatre Studies Alexander Sutherland Prize Undergraduate Culture and Communication One annual award to the highest ranked 3rd year English Literature student. $100 book voucher
English and Theatre Studies Percival Serle Prize (2nd Year English) Undergraduate Culture and Communication One annual award to the highest ranked 2nd year English student. $400
English and Theatre Studies Professor Morris Prize Honours, Graduate Coursework Culture and CommunicationOne annual award for an essay by a student at any level in an English Language and Literature subject approved by the Professor of English. $100 book voucher
English and Theatre Studies Shirley McLaren Prize for Middle English Literature Honours, Graduate Coursework Culture and Communication One biennial award to the highest ranked honours or graduate thesis in Middle English Literature (including Medieval Scots) during the preceding two years. $1300
English and Theatre Studies Dwight Prize (English) Honours Culture and Communication One annual award to the highest ranked (WAM) honours student in English. $1,600
English and Theatre Studies Percival Serle Prize (Honours English) Honours Culture and Communication One annual award to the second ranked (WAM) honours student in English. $400
English and Theatre Studies Cromarty Prize (English) Undergraduate Culture and Communication One annual award to the highest ranked essay in any first year English subject. $250 book voucher
English and Theatre Studies Edward Stevens Exhibition Undergraduate Culture and Communication One annual award to the highest ranked 2nd year student in English. $500
English and Theatre Studies John Sanderson Exhibition (English) Undergraduate Culture and Communication One annual award to the highest ranked 1st year student in English. $500
English and Theatre Studies Richard Gunter Prize (English) Undergraduate, Honours Culture and Communication One annual award to the highest ranked 3rd year student in English  who enrols in honours English. $300
English and Theatre Studies Percival Serle Prize (Master of Arts Thesis in English) Graduate Coursework Culture and CommunicationOne annual award for a thesis of special distinction submitted for the degree of Master of Arts through the department of English. $400
English and Theatre Studies, History Kathleen Fitzpatrick Exhibition Honours Culture and Communication, Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award for the highest ranked (WAM) student in combined honours in English and History. $300
English and Theatre Studies, History Bowen Prize Undergraduate Culture and Communication, Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award for the highest ranked essay on a subject in the field of British History or British literature. $900
European History Felix Raab Prize Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award for the highest ranked essay on early modern European History. $130 book voucher
French Dwight Prize (French) Honours Languages and Linguistics One annual award to the highest ranked (WAM) honours student in French $1,600
French Mary Taylor Scholarship (2nd Year) Honours Languages and Linguistics One annual award to the highest ranked 2nd year student in a French Language and Literature subject. $1,300
French Mary Taylor Scholarship (3rd Year) Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics One annual award to the highest ranked 3rd year student in a French  Language and Literature subject. $1,300
French Professor A.R. Chisholm Memorial Prize Honours Languages and Linguistics One annual award for the highest ranked honours thesis in French. $300
French Liet Memorial Prize (1st Prize) Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics One annual award to the highest ranked beginners French student. $100
French Liet Memorial Prize (2nd Prize) Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics One annual award to the second ranked beginners French student. $100
French Baillieu Exhibition Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics One annual award to the highest ranked 1st year student in French. $500
French Mrs. William Smith Exhibition Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics One annual award to the highest ranked 3rd year student in French. $500
French Richard Gunter Prize (French) Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics One annual award to the highest ranked 3rd year student in French who enrols in honours French. $300
French Doctor Joseph Birch Hanson Prize Honours, Graduate Coursework Languages and Linguistics, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences One annual award for distinction at Honours or Masters level for the study of contemporary French Literature or Poetry. $6,000
Gender Studies Association of Women on Campus at the University of Melbourne (AWCUM) Prize Undergraduate Culture and Communication One annual award to the highest ranked student in a Gender Studies subject nominated by AWCUM. $1000
German Margaret Sefton Delmer Prize Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics One annual award for the highest ranked student in a 2nd year German subject. $700
German Exhibition for 1st Year German Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics One annual award to the highest ranked 1st year student in German. $300
German Exhibition for 2nd Year German Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics One annual award to the highest ranked 2nd year German Student. $300
German Exhibition for 3rd Year German Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics One annual award to the highest ranked 3rd year German Student. $300
German Richard Samuel Prize Honours, Graduate Coursework, Graduate Research Languages and Linguistics One annual award to the most outstanding honours or graduate student in German. $1,700
Hebrew and Jewish Studies A.D. Hallam Memorial Prize (Beginners Hebrew) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked student in Beginners Hebrew. $200
Hebrew and Jewish Studies A.D. Hallam Memorial Prize (Intermediate Hebrew) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked student in Intermediate Hebrew. $300
Hebrew and Jewish Studies A.D. Hallam Memorial Prize (Advanced Hebrew) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked student in advanced Hebrew. $500
Hebrew and Jewish Studies Takamitsu Muraoka Prize (Hebrew) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked student in beginners, intermediate or advanced Hebrew language subjects. $120
Hebrew and Jewish Studies National Council of Jewish Women of Australia Fanny Reading Scholarship in Hebrew Language Undergraduate, Honours Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked student in  beginners, intermediate or advanced Hebrew language subjects. $750
History, Classics or Archaeology Greg Dening Prize Graduate Coursework, Graduate Research Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award for an essay submitted to the Melbourne Historical Journal that best engages with the broad themes and methodologies that were resonant in Greg Denning's own work and ideas $250
History Caroline Kay's Scholarship (History) Graduate Research Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to a first-year graduate research student who achieved the highest weighted average honours year mark. $14,000
History Dwight Prize (History) Honours Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked (WAM) honours student in History. $1,600
History Margaret Kiddle Prize Honours Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award for the highest ranked honours thesis in History, to the student who has completed their honours degree. $600
History Exhibition for 1st Year History Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked 1st year student in History. $100
History R.G. Wilson Scholarship (3rd Year) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked 3rd year student in History. $3,200
History Donald Mackay History Prize (History) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked 2nd year student in any History subject other than British History. $350
History Juliet Flesch Cambridge Studies Prize Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award for the best essay using the collection known as 'the Cambridge in Books' in the Baillieu Library. $250
History Rosemary Merlo Prize (1st Year) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award for the best essay in a 1st year History subject. $150 book voucher
History Rosemary Merlo Prize (2nd Year) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award for the best essay in a 2nd year History subject. $150 book voucher
History Wyselaskie Scholarship in History Graduate Coursework, Graduate Research Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest achieving first year PhD student in History. $8,500
History and Philosophy of Science Dwight Final Assessment Prize (History and Philosophy of Science) Honours Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award for the highest ranked honours thesis in  the History and Philosophy of Science. $1,600
International Relations Jeanette Kosky Prize Undergraduate Social and Political Sciences One annual award to the student who has done the most original work in the study of international relations. $500
International StudiesW. Macmahon Ball Prize in International Politics Graduate Coursework Social and Political Sciences One annual award for the best graduate essay in International Relations $500
Irish History Mary O'Donoghue Prize Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award  for the best undergraduate essay in Irish Studies $400
Italian Clelia Vittoria Meden Scholarship Honours Languages and Linguistics One annual award to the highest ranked honours student in Italian who enrols in a graduate course in Italian or to the highest ranked 3rd year student in Italian who enrols in honours Italian. $700
Italian Dr Soccorso Santoro Prize Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics Three annual awards to the highest ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students in Italian. $200 each
Italian Omero Schiassi Prize Honours Languages and Linguistics

One annual award to the W.T. Mollison Scholarship recipient if they undertake language studies in Italian.

$1,400
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Terry Quinn Award for Applied Linguistics Graduate Coursework Languages and Linguistics One annual award for the highest ranked Master in Applied Linguistics minor thesis. $200
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Dwight Final Assessment Prize (Linguistics) Honours Languages and Linguistics One annual award for the highest ranked honours thesis in Linguistics. $1,600
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Prize (1st Year) Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics One annual award to the highest ranked 1st year student in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. $300
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Prize (2nd Year) Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics One annual award to the highest ranked 2nd year student in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. $300
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Prize (3rd Year) Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics One annual award to the highest ranked 3rd year student in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. $300
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Appen Prize for Excellence in Linguistics Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics One annual award to the highest ranked 3rd year student in the Linguistics Major who enrols 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 One annual award to the highest ranked B-ARTS, B-ARTS EXT or D-Lang student for a major in a modern language. $9,000
Philosophy Laurie Prize (Major) Honours Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the third ranked honours student in Philosophy. $800
Philosophy Laurie Prize (Minor) Honours Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked combined honours student with Philosophy as part of the combination. $500
Philosophy Hastie Exhibition Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies Two annual awards to the highest ranked undergraduate students in two Philosophy subjects. $5,000 each
Philosophy Hastie Scholarship Honours Historical and Philosophical Studies Two annual awards to the highest ranked honours students in Philosophy. $10,000 each
Philosophy Brenda Judge Prize in Philosophy (2nd Year) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked essay in a 2nd year Philosophy subject. $300
Philosophy Brenda Judge Prize in Philosophy (3rd Year) Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked essay in a 3rd year Philosophy subject. $300
Philosophy Wyselaskie Scholarship in Logic Undergraduate Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award to the highest ranked undergraduate student in Logic. $8,500
Philosophy Adele Henderson Prize Undergraduate, Honours Historical and Philosophical Studies One annual award for the highest ranked political philosophy and social philosophy essay. $200
Politics Dwight Final Assessment Prize (Political Science) Honours Social and Political Sciences One annual award for the highest ranked honours thesis in Politics. $1,600
Politics Exhibition for 1st Year Politics Undergraduate Social and Political Sciences One annual award to the highest achieving 1st year student in Politics. $100
Public Policy J A Aird Memorial Prize in Public Policy Undergraduate Social and Political Sciences One annual award to the highest achieving Bachelor of Arts student in the subject Public Policy Making. $1000
Screen Studies Melbourne International Film Festival Screen Studies Prize Undergraduate Culture and Communication One annual award to the highest achieving 3rd year student in screen studies who continues onto the honours screen studies program or the Master of Arts and Cultural Management. $1000 and a MIFF festival passport