Awards and prizes

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences awards a number of prizes annually to students for outstanding academic performance and contribution to the University and community.

View a full list of Awards and Prize Winners

Hans Lofgren Prize

Associate Professor Hans Löfgren was an integral member of Deakin University’s Politics and Policy group between 2001 and 2014, and an associate editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science. The prize of $400 is jointly funded by the School and the Journal. The prize is awarded annually to the best research dissertation produced by students enrolled in Honours (Politics and Policy Studies) or the Master of Politics and Policy.

Lynne Alice Prize

The prize of $500 is awarded annually to a student enrolled in the Master of Arts (International Relations) course who has achieved standards of excellence in his or her academic record in the Human Rights and International Law specialisation.

Dr Malcolm Crick Memorial Prize

A prize of $200 is awarded to the highest achieving second-year Anthropology student per year who has completed their level two studies and is continuing on to level three.

Robert McDonald Journalism and International Relations Prize

A prize of $500 is awarded for an outstanding graduating student of Journalism or International Relations.

Roslyn Lawry Award

This award commemorates a young Museum Studies graduate, Ros Lawry, who died in tragic circumstances. Her parents, Jim and Fay Lawry, established an endowment for an annual prize. The Roslyn Lawry Award is awarded annually to a student enrolled in the Master of Cultural Heritage who has achieved standards of excellence in his or her academic record and demonstrated a personal commitment to heritage/museum training. The recipient receives generous cheque to fund further professional development and a framed certificate.

Philip Brown Award

A prize of $3000 is awarded annually to an enrolled higher degree by research student within the Faculty of Arts and Education, for research into Australian History entailing the use of primary sources. Where possible, preference will be given to research relating to the state of Victoria. The award is named in memory of Dr Philip Brown, an eminent historian whose work is characterised by meticulous research and the extensive use of primary sources.

The Arabic Student Prize for academic achievement and promotion of Arabic language and culture

Award
Book voucher and certificate

Selection Criteria
The prize for Arabic will be awarded to a second or third year student who has shown commitment to his or her study of the language, as well as genuine interest in the culture of the Arabic-speaking world demonstrated through participation in the activities of the language program at Deakin. The award specifically recognizes academic achievement and also enthusiasm, motivation, and commitment to the language.

The Australian Studies Student Prizes (2)

Award
Book voucher and certificate

Selection Criteria
Awarded to the highest performing level one Australian Studies student on the Metropolitan (Burwood) campus and the regional campuses (Geelong and Warrnambool).
Results from the two Level one units will be assessed, and the highest performing student from Burwood and Geelong/Warrnambool will be recommended for the prize.

The Chinese Student Prize for academic achievement and promotion of the Chinese language

Award
Book voucher and certificate

Selection Criteria
The prize for Chinese will be awarded to a first year student who has shown commitment to her or his study of the language as well as genuine interest in Chinese culture demonstrated through participation in the activities of the languages program at Deakin. The award specifically recognizes academic achievement and also enthusiasm, motivation, and commitment to the language.

The Criminology Level One Student Prize

Award
Book voucher and certificate

Selection Criteria
Awarded to the first year student with the highest combined mark in the two Criminology Level 1 units in any one calendar year, with no mark below 80%. At the end of Trimester 2, Criminology academic staff will combine results from the units ACR101 and ACR102 for all students receiving a High Distinction in each unit.

The Criminology Level Three Student Prize

Award
Book voucher and certificate

Selection Criteria
Awarded to the third year Criminology student with the highest combined marks in Criminology Level 3 units in any one calendar year, with no mark below 80%. At the end of Trimester 2, Criminology academic staff will combine results from the units ACR301 and ACR302 (and, where relevant, ACR303) for all students receiving High Distinctions in each unit.

The Roy Hay History Prize

Award
Book voucher and certificate

Selection Criteria
Awarded to the best first year student. The prize is limited to history students in their first year of study at Deakin University. It is based on the combined results in the two first year units of the history major.

The Michele Langfield History Prize

Award
Book voucher and certificate

Selection Criteria
Awarded for the best research essay by a student in a third level history unit. The prize is limited to students completing a history major, and will be judged by a panel of History academic staff.

The Indonesian Student Prize for academic achievement and promotion of the language and culture of Indonesia

Award
Book voucher and certificate

Selection Criteria
The Indonesian prize will be awarded to a second or third year student who has shown commitment to his or her study of Indonesian as well as genuine interest in the language, as demonstrated through participation in the cultural and community activities of the Indonesian program at Deakin. The award specifically recognizes academic achievement but also enthusiasm and willingness to promote the language and culture of Indonesian.

The First Year International Relations Student Prize

Award
Book voucher and certificate

Selection Criteria
Awarded to the highest performing first year International Relations student.
Results from the two Level one units will be assessed, and the highest performing student will be recommended for the prize. The judgement will be made by the Discipline Convenor in consultation with International Relations academic staff.

Prize in Middle East Studies

Award
Book voucher and certificate

Selection Criteria
Awarded to the student with the highest combined mark in the two introductory Middle East Studies units (AIE153 and AIE154) within a calendar year.

The Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Middle East Studies

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Book voucher and certificate

Selection Criteria
Awarded to a student completing a major in Middle East Studies who has demonstrated a high standard of excellence throughout their studies and, by their participation and enthusiasm, has contributed significantly to the learning experience of their peers.

The Max Charlesworth Philosophy Prize

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Book voucher and certificate

Selection Criteria
Named after founding Deakin Philosophy professor, Professor Max Charlesworth, this prize will be awarded to the best third year student completing a Philosophy major. Performance will be based on the combined results of all Philosophy units.

The Stan Van Hooft Philosophy Prize

Award
Book voucher and certificate

Selection Criteria
Awarded to the best first year Philosophy essay. The prize winning essay will be selected by a panel of the Philosophy academic staff, based on the best essays each has received in Trimesters 1 and 2 (and Trimester 3 from the previous year, which carries over into February of the prize year).

The Politics Student Prize

Award
Book voucher and certificate

Selection Criteria
Awarded to a third year student, undertaking a Politics and Policy Studies major, who receives the highest combined result for the two Politics and Policy Studies capstone units (AIP300 and AIP301) in that calendar year.

The Sociology Student Prize

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Book voucher and certificate

Selection Criteria
Awarded to the student, majoring in Sociology, who achieves the highest weighted-average-mean across ASC308 and at least one other third-year Sociology unit.

The Spanish Level One Student Prize

Award
Book voucher and certificate

Selection Criteria
The Spanish Level One student prize will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated commitment to, and who has excelled in, his or her studies of Spanish, on completion of their first year. The recipient will have demonstrated a genuine interest in the language through participation in the cultural and community activities of the Spanish program at Deakin. The award recognises academic achievement but also enthusiasm, motivation, and commitment to the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.At the end of Trimester 2, Spanish academic staff will determine the prize recipient. Judgement will be made by the Spanish Program Coordinator in consultation with Spanish academic staff.

The Spanish Level Two/Three Student Prize

Award
Book voucher and certificate

Selection Criteria
The Spanish Level Two/Three student prize will be awarded to a student who has excelled in his or her studies of Spanish, on completion of either second or third year (one award only). The recipient will have demonstrated sustained improvement in Spanish language-acquisition, and a genuine interest in the cultures and societies of Spain and Latin America. The award recognises academic achievement but also enthusiasm, motivation, and commitment to the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. At the end of Trimester 2, Spanish academic staff will determine the prize recipient. Judgement will be made by the Spanish Program Coordinator in consultation with Spanish academic staff.

Further information about Faculty awards, prizes and travel grants.

Undergraduate travel grants, awards and prizes in the Faculty

Postgraduate awards and prizes in the Faculty

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