Student Essay Prize

Vox Animalia Student Essay Prize 2014


“In Australia, a wide division is perceived between the way in which animals and their welfare are regarded in urban and rural contexts. How might this division be resolved in the interests of animal welfare in the future?”

HARN: Human Animal Research Network invites applications from undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Sydney for the Vox Animalia Student Essay Prize. The essay should address the question above.

Applicants must be currently enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis, as undergraduates or postgraduates, at the University of Sydney. Students may submit only one essay for consideration. All submissions must conform to standard principles of academic honesty and scholarly referencing. The essay can be a piece of writing already submitted as part of study at the University of Sydney but it cannot be previously published.


  • Cover sheet with the applicant’s name, SID (student identification number), Faculty where currently enrolled, mailing address, telephone and e-mail address. Students are responsible for keeping the prize coordinator updated with current contact information. If a student cannot be contacted, the prize is forfeited.
  • The essay must be between 2,000 and 2,500 words long. Applicants must also include a one paragraph abstract. The abstract and any references or bibliography are not included in the word count (we accept all scholarly referencing systems).
  • The first page should include the title of the paper and the author’s name.
  • The essay should be submitted electronically as an attachment, a WORD document:
    The email submission must contain ‘Vox Animalia Student Essay Prize’ in the subject heading. An acknowledgment of receipt will be sent.

The selection committee will be comprised of the members of the Executive Committee of HARN: Human Animal Research Network, at the University of Sydney.

  • The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $1000 and a Certificate of Award.
    Runners-up (2 places available) will each receive $500 and a Certificate of Award.
  • The winning paper will be considered for publication in Animal Studies Journal (ASJ).
  • The selection committee may decide that no entry is worthy of a prize or that only a first prize will be awarded.
  • The decision of the selection committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Submission Deadline: 5:00 pm, 17th October 2014
Winners will be contacted by 31st October, 2014 and prizes will be presented at the annual Not the Melbourne Cup luncheon on Tuesday 4 November.

For more information please contact:
Fiona Probyn-Rapsey
P+61 2 9036 5342
F+61 2 9351 5336