2016 CHASS Australia Prizes

CHASS_Block_AustPrizes2016 will mark the third year of the annual CHASS Australia Prizes. The Australia Prizes honour distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying, or training in the humanities, arts, and social sciences (HASS) sectors, including academics, practitioners, philanthropists, policy makers, and students. The CHASS Australia Prizes are intended to draw international attention to Australia’s achievements in HASS.

In 2016, there will be four prizes. Two prizes are sponsored by Routledge (cash prize of $3,500 each): one for a non-fiction book (e-books are acceptable) that enriches Australian cultural and intellectual life, the second for an exceptional artistic performance, exhibition, film, television show, play, composition or practical contribution to arts policy. The third prize (cash prize of $2,000) is sponsored by Future Leaders for an individual under 35 years of age who is demonstrating leadership skill and potential in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The Co-Op has sponsored the fourth prize ($500 voucher) for a student essay, exhibition, performance, project, or thesis in a HASS area.

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Nominating is simple

Follow these 5 simple steps to nominate yourself, a colleague, friend, neighbour, group..the list goes on:

  • Fill out the online application form
  • Upload your work to the form or choose the option to send us the application via post. Click SUBMIT
  • Wait for our email! (We will contact you within 2-3 working days after receiving your complete application, including all material sent by regular mail)
  • If sending via regular mail, don't forget to send us five copies of your work & any supporting materials (i.e. reviews, programs, impact assessments) to the address provided below
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  • Please read the guidelines for each category carefully before submitting your nomination. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you are submitting your nomination in hard copy, please use this address: CHASS, Building 37/Level 5, RMIT University City Campus, 411 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Tel: 03 99253935.

    Key Dates

    • 01 March 2016: Nominations open
    • 30 June 2016: Submissions (regular mail or electronic) will be accepted until 5PM (AEST) at the CHASS office in Melbourne
    • Mid-September 2016: Shortlists will be announced
    • 20 October 2016: Winners will be announced at the 2016 CHASS Australia Prizes Gala Dinner in Melbourne

    Guidelines for the CHASS Australia Prizes

    There are no application or submission fee for any of​ the four CHASS Australia Prizes. Individuals, agents, publishers, teachers, and organisations may make nominations for any category. Click here to download the nomination form . Self-nominations are acceptable. Nominators can propose more than one person and more than one work by the same person (up to a maximum of four). Winners must agree to participate in publicising the awards. In all cases, copyright remains the property of the entrant, and CHASS will clearly attribute any submitted material to the entrant. An eminent jury of writers, academics, critics, performers and other professionals will judge the awards. Jurors may request additional information from applicants during the judging process. The top three finalists for each prize will be invited to the 2016 CHASS Australia Prizes Gala Dinner, where the winners will be announced. Jury decisions will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

    CHASS Australia Prize for a Book in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences ($3,500)

    JohnSimonsNominees in this category must have published a non-fiction book (e-books are acceptable) in any HASS area between the dates of 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2015. Self-nominations are acceptable. Books should be by a single author or, at most, two authors. ​Edited collections are not eligible. The book may have been published overseas, but the nominee must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Self-published books and e-books will be considered if the author can provide evidence that the book has been peer-reviewed. All works must be in English; unpublished manuscripts are not eligible. Books are not required to deal solely with Australian topics. For example, biographies of non-Australians and books about events that took place outside of Australia are acceptable. The ​CHASS prize will be awarded to the author whose book, in the opinion of the judges, contributes most to cultural and intellectual life in Australia. The application form needs to be submitted along with five copies of the nominated book or CD (for an e-book) for judging purposes. A single author can submit up to four books. Kindly note application materials and books will not be returned to applicants. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    CHASS Australia Prize for Distinctive Work in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences ($3,500)

    JohnSimonsThis prize is for a performance, exhibition, research project or a specific advance in policy development in any HASS field. Performances or exhibitions must have been open to the public between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2015. Policy work and research may have commenced earlier, but must have been completed during 2015. Self-nominations are acceptable. Nominees should provide sufficient evidence to allow judges to assess the impact of the performance, exhibition, project or policy. The nature of this evidence is up to the nominator (for e.g.: critical reviews, impact assessments, spin-offs, new policies). Performances, exhibitions or policy work may have taken place abroad, but nominees must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia, and the work must have some relevance to Australian cultural and intellectual life. All materials submitted must be in English. The application form needs to be submitted along with five copies each of the nomination statement and all supporting materials. These materials will not be returned to applicants. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    CHASS Australia Prize for a Future Leader in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences ($2,000)

    This prize will be awarded for a future leader in any aspect of the Humanities, Arts or Social Sciences. Nominees must not have reached 35 years of age before the nomination cut-off date of 31 December 2015. Self-nominations are acceptable. Nominators should provide sufficient evidence to allow judges to assess their leadership. The nature of this evidence is up to the nominator and should include clear evidence of leadership. The work may take place abroad, but nominees must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia and the work should be relevant to Australian cultural and intellectual life. All application materials must be in English. The application form needs to be submitted along with five copies each of the nomination statement, all supporting materials, and identification documents proving the nominee’s date of birth. These materials will not be returned to applicants. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    CHASS Australia Prize for a Student in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences ($500 Co-Op Voucher)

    This prize is for a student project, performance, exhibition or thesis that best exemplifies the contribution of HASS to our understanding of our nation and us. The nominated work must have been completed between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2015. Students enrolled at any level in any Australian educational institution are eligible to be nominated. Self-nominations are also acceptable. Nominators should provide sufficient evidence to allow judges to assess their work. The nature of this evidence is up to the nominator (for e.g.: critical reviews, impact assessments). All works must be in English. The application form needs to be submitted along with five copies each of the nomination statement, all supporting materials, and identification documents proving the nominee’s student status (valid student ID or the most recent student ID if the nominee has graduated). These materials will not be returned to applicants. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Jury

    Associate Professor Peta Ashworth, Adjunct Professor, The University of Queensland
    Christie Anthoney, Executive Officer, Festivals Adelaide
    Professor Tim Dunne, Executive Dean - Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, The University of Queensland
    Associate Professor Katie Hughes, President, The Australian Sociological Association
    Adjunct Professor Ian Howie, RMIT University
    Dr Tom Karmel, Adjunct Professor, National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University, Former Director, NCVER
    Tess Knight, General Manager Retail, The Co-op
    Chantal Knowles, Head of Cultures and Histories Program, Queensland Museum Network
    Associate Professor Jo Lindsay, Monash University
    John Oster, Executive Director, Regional Arts Australia
    Joshua Pitt, Managing Editor, Taylor and Francis
    Bethwyn Serow, Executive Director, Australian Major Performing Arts Group
    Professor Joseph Siracusa, RMIT University
    Emeritus Fellow Colin Steele, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, Former ANU Librarian
    Dr Helen Sykes AM, Director, Future Leaders