2018 will mark the fifth 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, researchers, practitioners, philanthropists, policy makers, and students.
Nominations have now opened for four prizes. Two prizes are being sponsored by Routledge (cash prize of $3,500 each): one for a non-fiction book/e-book that enriches Australian cultural and intellectual life, the second for ‘Distinctive Work’- an exceptional artistic performance, exhibition, film, television show, play, composition or practical contribution to policy. The third prize (cash prize of $2,000) is being sponsored by Future Leaders for a ‘Future Leader’, an individual under 30 years of age who is demonstrating leadership skill and potential in HASS. CHASS is sponsoring the fourth prize (cash prize of $500) for a student essay, exhibition, performance or project in any HASS area.
Click here to download the nomination form. There is no application or submission fee for any of the four CHASS Australia Prizes. Self nominations are welcome.
Nominating is simple
Follow these 5 simple steps to nominate yourself, a colleague, friend, or a member of the community:
Fill out the online application form or click here to download the nomination form
Upload the nominated work to the online form or choose the option to send us the application via post. Click SUBMIT
Wait for our email! We will contact you within 2-4 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 each of your application form, the nominated work (including books) and any supporting materials (i.e. reviews, programs, impact assessments) to the address provided below
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IMPORTANT: Please read the guidelines for each category carefully before submitting your nomination. Incomplete applications and nominations received after the deadline 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.
Guidelines for the CHASS Australia Prizes
- 1 March 2018: Nominations open
- 2 July 2018: Submissions (regular mail or electronic) will be accepted until 5PM AEST at the CHASS office in Melbourne
- Mid-September 2018: Shortlists will be announced
- October 2018: Winners will be announced at the 2018 CHASS Australia Prizes Ceremony in Melbourne
CHASS Australia Prize for a Book in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences ($3,500)
There is 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 announced in late September and the winners will be announced in October. Jury decisions will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
CHASS Australia Prize for Distinctive Work in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences ($3,500)
Nominees in this category must have published a non-fiction book/e-book in any HASS area between the dates of 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. 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. One copy of the application form needs to be submitted along with five copies of the nominated book or CD (for an e-book) for judging purposes. No additional compulsory information required. 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 a Future Leader in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences ($2,000)
This 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 2017 and 31 December 2017. Policy work and research may have commenced earlier, but must have been completed during 2017. 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 (including a Summary (no more than 50 words) that describes the work and Statement (no more than 200 words) describing why the work is distinctive), and all supporting materials. 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)
This prize is for an early career professional in any of the HASS disciplines. This prize recognises the nominee’s professional achievements and contribution to the advancement of the HASS sector. It celebrates and rewards best practice and innovation of young HASS professionals in Australia. To be eligible, nominees must be 30 years or under as at 31 December 2017. Self-nominations are acceptable. Nominators should provide a copy of their updated CV outlining their professional history and showing professional achievements and contribution in their functional/specialist area, and 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 (including a Statement of Leadership - no more than 500 words), all supporting materials, and identification documents proving the nominee’s date of birth. The nomination materials will not be returned to applicants. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
This prize is for a student essay, project, performance or exhibition 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 2017 and 31 December 2017. Honours/post-graduate/doctoral theses are not eligible. Students enrolled at any level in any Australian tertiary educational institution are eligible to be nominated. Self-nominations are welcome. 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 (including a Title and Summary - no more than 200 words), all supporting materials, and identification documents proving the nominee’s student status (valid student ID/most recent student ID if the nominee has graduated). These materials will not be returned to applicants. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Alec Coles OBE, CEO - Western Australian Museum
Professor Barbara de la Harpe, Executive Dean - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts, University of Southern Queensland
Professor Terry Flew, Professor of Media & Communication and Assistant Dean(Research)- Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology
Adjunct Professor Ian Howie, RMIT University
Professor Jason Jacobs, Head - School of Communication and the Arts, The University of Queensland
Dr. Anna-Sophie Jürgens, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University
Alexandra Lazzari, Publisher, Routledge Taylor & Francis Australasia
Associate Professor Jo Lindsay, The Australian Sociological Association
John Oster, Executive Director, Regional Arts Australia
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
Professor Christina Twomey, Head of History - School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University