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

26th Feb 2018
30th Apr 2018
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 within the twelve months before the closing date stated on the application form
  2. Essays should be up to 9,000 words in length inclusive of Endnotes and/or Footnotes
  3. The essay must have been published or accepted for publication in a 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 author/s may submit more than one entry
  6. The decision of the judging panel will be final
  7. 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
  8. 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 acknowledgment to the donor/committee (upon acceptance)
  • Give a paper to the SHAPS Fellows’ Group at a mutually convenient date.


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