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Faculty prizes

Learn more about faculty prizes and awards
The following prizes and awards are established to recognise students for their outstanding academic achievement in various units or programs of study.

Many faculties, schools and disciplines award prizes to their students based on academic merit. These prizes often do not require applications.

Browse the list below by faculty or University school. Please note that this list is not exhaustive – for further information, please contact your faculty.

Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Gosford Quarries Advanced Fabrication Prize

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$2000
  • Enrolled in the field of advanced fabrication
  • Complete a design for sandstone
N/A N/A

How to apply 

No application is required. Eligible applicants will be considered automatically. The prize will be awarded to the student with the best design for sandstone as determined by a representative from Gosford Quarries and the relevant unit of study coordinator(s) for advanced fabrication.

Benefits

The award is valued $2000, paid as a one-off payment.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be enrolled in the field of advanced fabrication in the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning 
  • complete a design for sandstone.

Background

Founded in 2017 with a gift from Gosford Quarries (GQ), the prize aims to foster a relationship with the fabrication industry in order to present students with real-life experiences of design for fabrication.

Terms and conditions (pdf, 65.4KB).

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Armstrong Prize in the Philosophy of Mind

Highlights

Value

Eligibility

Open date

Close date

$1000

  • Coursework student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

N/A

N/A

How to apply

There is no separate application for this prize. The winner will be nominated by the Department of Philosophy during the annual Board of Examiners meeting.

Benefits

This prize has a value of $1000 and will be paid as a one-off payment.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be enrolled in a coursework program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 
  • have completed and submitted your essay on the philosophy of mind and/or consciousness.

Background

This annual prize was established from a gift from Mr Dennis Balson to reward the best undergraduate essay on the philosophy of mind and/or consciousness.

Terms and conditions (pdf, 75.7KB).

Ben Sandford Cullen Award (Archaeology and Anthropology)

Highlights

Value

Eligibility

Open date

Close date

$1000

  • Postgraduate research student in the Department of Archaeology or Department of Anthropology
  • In the three previous calendar years, published a research article in a refereed journal, a refereed conference paper or a book

16 August 2019

18 September 2019

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

This award has a value of $1000 and will be paid as a one-off payment.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be enrolled in a master's by research (including MPhil) or PhD in the Department of Archaeology or Department of Anthropology
  • have completed in the three previous calendar years at least one of the following:
    i. research article(s) in a refereed journal(s)
    ii. refereed conference paper(s)
    iii. book(s).

Background

The Ben Sandford Cullen Award (Archaeology and Anthropology) provides funds to enable postgraduate students whose research in archaeology or anthropology is theoretically innovative, to assist them with research, travel or publication expenses. The award was founded in 1996 by the colleagues, friends and family of Dr Ben Cullen, who suddenly and unexpectedly died aged 31, in 1995.

Terms and conditions (pdf, 145KB).

The European Studies Konrad Adenauer Prize

Highlights

Value

Eligibility

Open date

Close date

$250 book voucher

  • Best academic results in the major of European Studies
  • Completed second or third year units of study for this major

N/A

N/A

How to apply

There is no separate application for this prize. The department coordinator will nominate up to three students who are shortlisted for it.

Benefits

This prize has a value of $250 and will be paid as a one-off payment in the form of bookshop vouchers.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be enrolled full time and have completed your second and/or third year units of study in the major of European studies.

The prize is awarded to students who have the best overall academic result in the major.

Terms and conditions (pdf, 61.8KB).

The Frank Stilwell Award in Political Economy

Highlights

Value

Eligibility

Open date

Close date

Up to $5000

  • Full-time PhD, Master of Philosophy or Master of Arts (research) student in the Department of Political Economy

18 March 2019

31 March 2019

How to apply

Applications are currently closed.

Benefits

The value of the prize is determined by the Scholarships Award Committee and will be a maximum of $5000. This amount will be paid as a one-off payment.

Who's eligible

You must be:

  • enrolled full-time in the Department of Political Economy in a PhD, Master of Philosophy or Master of Arts (Research)
  • able to demonstrate financial hardship.

Students who currently receive a Postgraduate Research Scholarship from the University that provides a stipend allowance are not eligible for this prize.

Background

Established in 2013, this prize is awarded to the most meritorious postgraduate research student in the Department of Political Economy.

Terms and conditions (pdf, 87KB).

GS Caird Scholarship in Linguistics III

Highlights

Value

Eligibility

Open date

Close date

$2395

  • Enrolled in the third or fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts
  • Enrolled in a linguistics major

N/A

N/A

How to apply

There is no separate application for this prize. It will be awarded by the head of the Department of Linguistics, or their nominated delegate at the University.

Benefits

This prize has a value of $2395 and will be paid as a one-off payment.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be enrolled in the third or fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts
  • be enrolled in a linguistics major.

This prize is awarded annually to a student who shows the greatest proficiency in third or fourth year linguistics units of study.

Terms and conditions (pdf, 76.3KB).

James Murdoch Prize for Japanese 4

Highlights

Value

Eligibility

Open date

Close date

$250

  • Completed JPNS2612 Japanese 4 in that academic year

N/A

N/A

How to apply

There is no separate application for this prize. The winner will be nominated by the chair of the Department of Japanese Studies.

Benefits

This prize has a value of $250 and will be paid as a one-off payment.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have completed JPNS2612 Japanese 4 in the academic year for which the prize is offered.

Background

This prize is awarded to the best student in junior intermediate Japanese in the Department of Japanese.

Terms and conditions (pdf, 62.4KB).

KU Children's Services Early Childhood Teaching Prize

Highlights

Value

Eligibility

Open date

Close date

$800

  • Completed the unit of study EDEC3011 Professional Experience 3 
  • Align with the values of KU Children's Services

10 April 2019

5 May 2019

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

This prize has a value of $800 and will be paid as a one-off payment.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have completed the unit of study EDEC3011 Professional Experience 3 with the following elements: statement of professional philosophy, assessment of professional practice report, and professional teaching portfolio
  • be developing professional practice and philosophy that aligns with the values of KU Children's Services, including but not limited to:
    i. supporting high quality and inclusive play-based learning
    ii. including children as capable and rights holders
    iii. respectful and ethical relationships
    iv. critical reflection and ongoing professional development
    v. sustainability, diversity and inclusion.

Background

In 2018 the Sydney School of Education and Social Work partnered with KU Children’s Services and established a prize that would support the professional development of early childhood students and enhance their engagement with teaching in the prior-to-school sector.

Terms and conditions (pdf, 69.3KB).

MAK Halliday Postgraduate Research Prize

Highlights

Value

Eligibility

Open date

Close date

N/A

  • Postgraduate research student in the Department of Linguistics

N/A

N/A

How to apply

No application required. This prize will be awarded on the recommendation of a selection committee.

Benefits

This prize has no monetary value.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be enrolled in a master's by research or PhD in the Department of Linguistics

Background

This prize was established in 2018 by Department of Linguistics staff to honour Professor Halliday, who was appointed to the chair of linguistics in 1975 and retired in 1987.

Terms and conditions (pdf, 120KB).

Mark Kwan Memorial Prize

Highlights

Value

Eligibility

Open date

Close date

$250

  • Completed one of 14 Japanese units of study in that academic year

N/A

N/A

How to apply

There is no separate application for this prize. The winner of the prize will be nominated by the chair of the Department of Japanese Studies.

Benefits

This prize has a value of $250 and will be paid as a one-off payment.

Who's eligible

You must: 

  • have completed at least one of the below units at the University of Sydney in the academic year for which the prize is offered:
    i. JPNS1611 Japanese 1
    ii. JPNS1612 Japanese 2
    iii. JPNS2611 Japanese 3
    iv. JPNS2612 Japanese 4
    v. JPNS2621 Japanese 5
    vi. JPNS2622 Japanese 6
    vii. JPNS2670 Love and Death in Japanese Literature
    viii. JPNS3002 Historical Texts and Cultures of Japan
    ix. JPNS3621 Japanese 7
    x. JPNS3622 Japanese 8
    xi. JPNS3631 Japanese 9
    xii. JPNS3632 Japanese 10
    xiii. JPNS3650 Japanese Language and Identity
    xiv. JPNS3673 Japanese Society.

Background

This prize is awarded to a student with an outstanding performance in a culture or language unit in the Department of Japanese Studies.

Terms and conditions (pdf, 67.1KB).

Postgraduate Prize for Academic Merit in Gender and Cultural Studies

Highlights

Value

Eligibility

Open date

Close date

$1500

Student or recent graduate of:

  • Department of Gender and Cultural Studies
  • Master of Cultural Studies
  • Master of Philosophy
  • PhD

13 September 2019

9 December 2019

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

This prize has a value of $1500 and will be paid as a one-off payment.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be enrolled in a Master of Cultural Studies, Master of Philosophy or PhD in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, or
  • be a recent graduate of one of these courses and have met all the progress expectations.

Background

This prize has been established to provide recognition of excellence among postgraduate students who are studying gender studies or cultural studies.

Terms and conditions (pdf, 129KB).

Sydney Films Prize

Highlights

Value

Eligibility

Open date

Close date

$2000 + production support

  • Completed at least 48 credit points in the Master of Moving Image by the end of that semester

7 October 2019

15 November 2019

How to apply 

Apply here.

Benefits

This prize has a value of $2000 and will be paid as a one-off payment. The successful prize recipient will also receive access to production support from Sydney Films valued at $8000.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have completed at least 48 credit points in the Master of Moving Image by the end of the semester in which this prize is advertised.

Background

This industry prize has been established to assist the Master of Moving Image students with the cost of their final project and to give them industry experience. The prize was donated by Sydney Film Production Company PTY LTD (Sydney Films).

Terms and conditions (93.4KB).

Faculty of Medicine and Health

J L Shellshear Memorial Prize for Surgical Anatomy

Value

Eligibility

Open date

Close date

$180

  • Bachelor of Medical Sciences student
  • Proficiency in practical anatomy 

N/A

N/A

 

How to apply

No application is required.

Benefits

This prize is valued at $180. Provided the work is of sufficient merit, the prize is awarded annually.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be a Bachelor of Medical Sciences student
  • be proficient in practical anatomy.

Background

This prize was founded in 1959 from a gift from Professor N.W.G. Macintosh and Dr G. Bell.

The Noel Martin Memorial Prize

Highlights

Value

Eligibility

Open date

Close date

$1500

  • Doctor of Dental Medicine or Bachelor of Oral Health student 

TBC

TBC

How to apply

A link to the application form will be published here when applications open.

Benefits

This prize is valued at $1500 as a one-off payment.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) or Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) student.

Background

This prize was established in memory of Emeritus Professor Noel Martin, who served as dean of the Faculty of Dentistry from 1970-1988.

Terms and conditions (pdf, 230KB).

Faculty of Science

Dean's Award for Citizenship and Outreach

Highlights

Value

Eligibility

Open date

Close date

$1000

  • Full-time postgraduate science student
  • Contributor to the faculty's non-academic and/or science outreach activities 

December 2019

February 2020

How to apply

A link to the application form will be published here when available. You will also require endorsement from an academic staff member from the Faculty of Science.

You'll be required to upload your CV and a letter of support from the endorsing academic.

Benefits

The prize is $1000.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be enrolled full time in a postgraduate coursework or research degree.

The prize will be awarded based on contributions to the Faculty of Science’s non-academic activities and interests and/or to science outreach activities.

Terms and conditions (pdf, 232KB).

Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement

Highlights

Value

Eligibility

Open date

Close date

$500

  •  Postgraduate research student
  •  Lead/primary author of a significant, high-quality peer reviewed publication

N/A

N/A

How to apply

No application is necessary, as eligible candidates are nominated by their school.

Benefits

This prize has a value of $500 and will be paid as a one-off payment. Up to ten prizes are awarded annually, to the nominees from:

  • School of Chemistry (one prize)
  • School of Geosciences (one prize)
  • School of History and Philosophy of Science (one prize)
  • School of Life and Environmental Sciences (up to three prizes)
  • School of Mathematics and Statistics (one prize)
  • School of Physics (one prize)
  • School of Psychology (one prize)
  • Sydney School of Veterinary Science (one prize).

Who's eligible

You must: 

  • have commenced your candidature in either a PhD or master's by research in the Faculty of Science in the year of award, or within the two preceding years
  • be a lead/primary author of a significant, high-quality peer reviewed publication that was submitted for publication no less than six months from the official commencement of your candidature, and was accepted for publication within 36 months of commencing studies. Flexibility may be offered to students who, because of serious illness or misadventure, had to suspend their studies for a period of up to 6 months, but only at the discretion of the dean of the Faculty of Science.

Background

Established in 2007, this prize is awarded to postgraduate research students in recognition of outstanding achievement in research publication.

Terms and conditions (pdf, 94.2KB).

Helen Beh Citizenship Award

Highlights

Value

Eligibility

Open date

Close date

$500

  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • Contributor to the faculty's non-academic and/or science outreach activities 

December 2019

February 2019

How to apply

A link to the application form will be published here when available. You will also require endorsement from an academic staff member from the Faculty of Science.

You'll be required to upload your CV and a letter of support from the endorsing academic.

Benefits

The prize is valued at $500.

Who's eligible

You must: 

  • be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree.

The prize will be awarded based on contributions to the Faculty of Science’s non-academic activities and interests and/or to science outreach activities.

Background

Established in 1997 in honour of Professor Helen Beh and her services to the Faculty of Science and the University of Sydney, this prize is awarded to undergraduate students who have contributed significantly to the Faculty of Science’s non-academic activities and interests.

Terms and conditions (pdf, 229KB).

The Murray Writing-Up Support Grant

Highlights

Value

Eligibility

Open date

Close date

$13,000

  • Enrolled in a PhD in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Submitted a thesis in whole organism biology

20 September 2019

9 October 2019

How to apply

Apply here. You will be required to include a proposal for a skill transfer workshop or event for other PhD students.

Benefits

The prize is $13,000.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be enrolled in a PhD in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences
  • have written a thesis in whole organism biology
  • submitted your thesis after 1 July 2019.

Background

This prize is funded by a donation from a bequest by Dr Patrick Murray.

Terms and conditions (pdf, 218KB).