Entries for 2018 Ernest Scott Prize Now Open

The Ernest Scott Prize is awarded for work based upon original research which is, in the opinion of the judges, the most distinguished contribution to the history of Australia or New Zealand or to the history of colonisation.

The Prize is proudly supported by the History Program in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts, at The University of Melbourne.

Criteria and how to enter

Emily Scott founded this prize to perpetuate the memory of her husband, Emeritus Professor Sir Ernest Scott Knight Bachelor. Ernest Scott was professor of History at The University for 23 years. The prize commemorates his interest in the development of Australian historical studies.

Ernest Scott was professor of History from 1913 to 1936. Born outside wedlock, raised by his grandparents and enjoying no higher education, he worked as a journalist for twenty years. As a young Fabian and Theosophist, he married the daughter of Annie Besant and migrated to Melbourne in 1892. His books on Australian exploration history made Scott into a professional among amateurs and antiquarians. He inspired his students to do archival research and to ask critical questions of popular historical mythologies. A generation of young Australians learned about the country's past from his notable "Short History of Australia" (1916).

The 2018 judges for the prize are Professor Chris Hilliard (University of Sydney) and Associate Professor Lisa Ford (University of New South Wales).

Entries close 31 December 2017, and the winner will be announced following the 2018 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Public Lecture in History.