History Council of NSW – Awards and Prizes

Applications are now open for the History Council’s annual Awards and Prizes

The awards and prizes foster excellence in Australian historical writing, showcase and reward best practice, and advance and promote public understanding and appreciation of history.

Aboriginal History Award

The Aboriginal History Award was first awarded in 2016. Its purpose is to encourage students and other beginning historians (up to post-doctoral career) in the writing of Australian Aboriginal history, including Torres Strait Islander history, from original sources. Indigenous Australians are strongly encouraged to enter.

In 2019, the winner will receive a $1500 cash prize. The winning entry will demonstrate excellence in addressing its subject, proficiency in the use of original materials and clarity of exposition. 

Addison Road Community Centre Award for Multicultural History

The purpose of the Award is to encourage new and emerging historians to discover, analyse and explore multicultural histories and the history of multiculturalism in Australia, helping to increase academic and public engagement in a topic that has ongoing relevance to Australian history and society today.

The winner will receive a citation and a prize of $500 at the Annual History Lecture during History Week. The winning entry will make an original argument using primary historical sources and demonstrate the capacity to develop complex arguments linking the past to contemporary, multicultural issues that have, or are currently impacting on the Australian community.

Co-authored or collaborative works are eligible for submission.

Macquarie University’s Centre of Applied History Award

The purpose of the Award is to encourage historians writing political, social, cultural and environmental history to approach their subjects in ways that use the past to inform contemporary concerns and issues.

The winner will receive a citation and a prize of $500 at the Annual History Lecture during History Week. The winning entry will make an original argument using primary historical sources and demonstrate the capacity to develop complex arguments linking the past to contemporary, contentious issues currently impacting on the world.

For 2019 the subject for the Centre of Applied History Award will be for works in applied and public history that have the potential to inform good public policy. Co-authored or collaborative works are eligible for submission.

Max Kelly Award

The Max Kelly Award of $500 is given annually to a ‘beginning’ historian for a work of excellence in any aspect of Australian history. The Award was established as a tribute to Associate Professor Maxwell John Kelly (1935-1996), the first elected President of the History Council, who died suddenly in 1996. The History Council of NSW is grateful to Geoffrey Jones for his continuing support and generous donation of the prize money for the 2019 Max Kelly Prize.

Annual History Citation

Each year the History Council of NSW awards the Annual History Citation to an eminent historian to honour a lifetime of service to history. The Citation recognises individuals for outstanding research and scholarship and acknowledges their broader contribution through teaching, leadership, mentoring and community involvement.

Application deadline for HCNSW awards and prizes: Friday, 31 May 2019

For more information and to apply, visit the History Council of NSW website.

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