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CHASS Prizes 


2022 marks the ninth 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) sector, including academics, researchers, practitioners, philanthropists, policy makers, and students. 

CHASS Future Leaders Writing Prize

The CHASS Future Leaders Writing Prize aims to recognise and reward young Australian writers (35 and under). The theme for 2022 HASS and Hope. The writing can be fiction or non-fiction and needs to be between 1500 and 2000 words. This writing prize, introduced in 2020 ($2000 cash prize) is being sponsored by Future Leaders.

2021 Winner
Emma Cupitt
for her writing Dust and Ashes.

Submission deadline for 2022: Monday September 12, 2022 

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Past Recipients
Past Recipients
Victoria Brookman

CHASS Prize for Distinctive Work in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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 2021 and 31 December 2021. Policy work and research may have commenced earlier, but must have been completed during 2021.

Self-nominations are welcome. 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.

Submission deadline for 2022: Monday September 12, 2022


2021 Joint Winners: Carla Pascoe Leahy
and Christiana Aloneftis

Carla Pascoe Leahy 

My project has charted the changing experience of first-time motherhood in Australia since 1945. By creating and analysing a new archive of interviews, it has established new understanding of what becoming a mother feels like, what supports new mothers need, and whether the experience has become more challenging over time.
Carla's Bio
Project outputs 

Christiana Aloneftis

My goal is to equip Australian opera singers with the necessary language resources to compete on the international stage by providing quality, accessible, industry-specific coaching 1:1 and via live group masterclass, online. The CHASS Scholarship will support me in organising an online Masterclass for disadvantaged Australian singers who would like to re-invest in their artistic careers post-covid. This type of training is deeply lacking in Australian tertiary institutions and must become a stable in the continued training of singers from student to professional levels. As both an active singer and coach, I am able to fully communicate and embody the concepts I impart in my singers and connect declamatory technique and diction theory with a simple, practical application. I currently work in theatres and with singers from theatres which underlines the relevance of this training. It is not purely academic. The training I am offering is FROM the industry FOR the industry.

Christiana's Bio

Christiana's Website

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Past Recipients
Past Recipients

Robyn Gulliver
Robyn Gulliver

The Campaign Explorer database and citizen science project is a Australia’s first ever large scale database of environmental collective action, designed to help activists and researchers design more effective grassroots activism to address our environmental challenges. It has two project components. The first is a dataset hosted by the University of Queensland on an OmekaS website platform ( The database is available for download by researchers and activists and includes information on over 1,600 environmental groups, 900 environmental campaigns and 195 climate change campaign outcomes. The second component is the citizen science platform, found at, which offers a range of tasks and projects for volunteers to contribute to the project.

These two components enable capturing environmental advocacy history and practice which has gone unrecorded in the past. The data collected also includes historical campaign archives, spatial data to enable mapping of environmental groups and campaigns, and the identification of network ties between groups. The innovative development of a citizen science component enables new data and insights to be added every day. To date, the data has informed a range of academic papers, as well as diverse outputs such as ArcGIS storymaps, Twitter stories and activist reports.

CHASS Prize for a Student in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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 2020 and 31 December 2020. 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.

This prize will not be running in 2022.

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Past Recipients
Past Recipients

Robyn Gulliver, the winner of the 2020 Distinctive Works Prize, was also the winner of the Student Prize for 2020.

Additional past recipients will be added soon.

FLASH Awards

This Award was introduced in 2020. The first FLASH Award was for students in Year 11 and 12 and in undergraduate course at University to express their views in a one minute video about the government’s 2020 proposed changes to undergraduate university fees, raising costs for most students in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

The 2021 FLASH Award is Creativity in Covid; an open prize for any creative work - visual, auditory, or performed - born/inspired from Covid related impacts. Nominees should provide enough evidence for judges to assess the innovation and connection to Covid.

Prize: $2,000
Submission deadline: October 1, 2021. Submit online here. 

This prize will not be running in 2022.