Prizes and Scholarships

Prizes Scholarships Awarded on the Basis of Assessment Results

MacCallum Prize for first year English Literature, $500
The prize was founded in 1920 from a gift from undergraduates in Arts, and others, in honour of Mungo W. MacCallum, Professor of Modern Literature (1887-1920), and Vice-Chancellor (1924-28).

Maud Stiles Prize for a woman student in first year English, $500
The prize was founded in 1915 from a gift from Mrs Stiles (1852-1939), formerly Headmistress and teacher of English and History at Normanhurst school, Ashfield.

Margaret Cramp Memorial Prize for a woman evening student in first year English, $60
The prize was established in 1945 by the Evening Students' Association in memory of Margaret Cramp, a former evening student and Library Assistant in the Fisher Library. This prize is now usually awarded to the woman student placed second in first year English.

Josiah Symon Scholarships I and II for first and second year English, $1000 each
A scholarship was founded in 1922 by a gift from Sir John Symon KC of Adelaide, for the foundation of scholarships to be awarded for proficiency in the study of English language and literature. A second scholarship was established from accumulated funds in 1988. Scholarship No. 1 is awarded for first year, and No. 2 for second year.

Michael Orange Prize for a pass student in the second year, $400
The prize was established in 2000 by donations of friends, colleagues and former students in memory of Dr Michael Orange, who died in 1992 while a member of the Department of English.

Australian Federation of Australian Women Prize, $100
The prize was established from a gift by the NSW Association of Women Graduates, for essays by a woman student in her second year of English.

James Coutts Scholarships I, II, III and IV in English Literature and in English Language and Early English Literature, $1000 each
The Coutts Scholarships were founded in 1905 by a gift of Mrs Janet Coutts in memory of her sons James and John, the James Coutts Scholarships in Arts and the John Coutts Scholarships in Science. Scholarship No. 1 is awarded for English Literature in third year, No. 2 for English Language and Early English Literature in third year, No. 3 for English Literature in fourth-year Honours, and No. 4 for English Language and Early English Literature in in fourth-year Honours.

Sydney University Arts Association Prize, $100
The prize is awarded in alternate years to third year students in English and History.

Evening Students' Association Prize for third year English, $60
In 1942 the Evening Students' Association made a gift to provide for three annual prizes for evening students, one for English III. This prize is now usually awarded to the student with best results in third year who has not received any other prize.

Helen B. Devine Bequest Prize for Old English/Anglo-Saxon Studies, $300
The prize was established in 1986 from a bequest from Miss Helen B. Devine who died in 1984, having graduated in Arts in 1967, majoring in English and French. Miss Devine also held a University Blue in skiing.

English Association (Sydney Branch) Prize for an Honours thesis, $250
The prize was established in 1988 by the offer of an annual donation by the English Association (Sydney Branch).

Dame Leonie Kramer Prize for a long essay on an aspect of Australian poetry, $1000
This prize was funded in 1992 by donations from friends, colleagues and former students of Professor Dame Leonie Kramer, who retired in 1989 from the position of Professor of Australian Literature at the University.

Dr Colin Roderick Prize for a thesis on a topic in Australian Literature, $500
The prize was established in 1968 by a bequest from the estate of the late Miss Isobel Marion Dorothea Mackellar and commemorates Dr Colin Roderick whose efforts were instrumental in the establishment of the Chair of Australian Literature.

Eva Veronika Vidak Memorial Prize for a thesis in Australian Literature, $600
The prize was founded in 1991 by a gift from Laszlo and Margit Vidak in memory of their daughter Eva Veronika Vidak BA Dip Ed, who died in 1989 at the age of 35 whilst enrolled in the MA (Hons) course in the English Department. A plaque in her memory was also placed in the student area of the department.

Maxwell E. Arthur Prize for Australian Literature, $1000
The Sydney Mechanics School of Arts established this prize with a gift in 1997 to commemorate Maxwell Arthur, their former president.

NSW Institute of Journalists' Prize for Australian Literature, $50
The prize was established in 1956 by a gift from the NSW Institute of Journalists at the time of winding up their affairs.

Prizes for which Students Submit Entries

The following information is issued by the Department of English for the general interest of students. Although we believe it to be accurate, the information given here is not guaranteed. For official information, requirements for submission, closing dates, entry forms, etc., consult:

Scholarships and Prizes Office
Level 5
Jane Foss Russell Building G02
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia
Phone: +61 2 8627 8450
Fax: +61 2 8627 8485
web: http://www.usyd.edu.au/scholarships
email:


Beauchamp Prize (Literary), $3500
Founded in 1901 by a gift of £625 from William Lygon, Earl Beauchamp, Governor of New South Wales. Awarded for the best essay on some literary subject.
Open to all currently enrolled students and graduates who are of not more than two years' standing from the date of their graduation.
Write on some literary subject. The essay should be 5000 - 7500 words in length, and appropriate for publication in an academic journal.

Robert A. Dallen Prize, $1500
Awarded annually for an essay treating the influence of the Bible on later cultures and literature.
Open to third and fourth year students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or graduates in Arts who are of not more than two years' standing from the date of their graduation.
Write on an aspect of the influence of the Bible on later culture and literature. The essay should be about 4000 words in length, and appropriate for publication in a scholarly journal.

Henry Lawson Prize for Poetry, $1350
Established in 1936 by a gift of £845 from subscribers to the memorial of Henry Lawson, Australian poet and prose-writer.
Awarded annually for English verse. The composition need not be of great length, though sustained quality will receive due credit.
Open to undergraduates who have no graduate status in another faculty.

Henry Lawson Prize for Prose, $1350
Established in 1936 by a gift of £845 from subscribers to the memorial of Henry Lawson, Australian poet and prose-writer.
Awarded annually for an original composition on an Australian theme. Compositions should take the form of a short story or descriptive sketch and need not be of great length, though sustained quality will receive due credit.
Open to undergraduates who have no graduate status in another faculty.

Adrian Consett Stephen Memorial Prize, $190
Established in 1944 by a bequest of £100 from Emilie A. C. Stephen.
Awarded annually on the recommendation of the professors of English to an undergraduate for a short story or play.
Open to undergraduates only.

Wentworth Medal, Medal + $6,250
Established in 1854 by a gift of £200 from W. C. Wentworth, for the best essay in English prose. The medal originally awarded is now supplemented by a prize of $6,250.
The medal is awarded annually by the Academic Board provided that there is an entry of sufficient merit. The topic or topics for the essay are set, and the examiners of the essay appointed, by a committee of the Chair of the Academic Board, the Deans of Arts, Economics, and Law, and the Registrar, with the power to co-opt.
Open to all students currently enrolled at the University of Sydney, except previous winners of the Wentworth Medal.
A different specific topic is set each year: apply to the Scholarships Office for details. Length: Approximately 3,000 words.

Bursaries Awarded through the Financial Assistance Office

Abbie Clancy Bursary
Awarded to a candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the course Australian Literature IV Honours, who is under the age of 29. Preference is given to a candidate writing an Honours thesis on an Australian woman writer. Value: $1000+.
Applications must be made in person with an Officer at the Financial Assistance Office - Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building G02, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006. Ph: +61 2 9351 2416, email: . Application forms can be downloaded from website: http://www.usyd.edu.au/stuserv/financial_assistance_office/index.shtml

Australian Writers Bursary
Bursary for a student studying for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the Australian Literature Honours course. Awarded on the recommendation of the Professor of Australian Literature to a student who demonstrates financial need and academic merit. Value: $1000
Applications must be made in person with an Officer at the Financial Assistance Office - Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building G02, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006. Ph: +61 2 9351 2416, email: . Application forms can be downloaded from website: http://www.usyd.edu.au/stuserv/financial_assistance_office/index.shtml