Bursaries & Prizes

ANZAMEMS offers a number of prizes and travel bursaries which are open to postgraduates and ECR members on the occasions of the Biennial Conference.

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George Yule Essay Prize

Postgraduate/ Recent Graduate Conference Bursaries

Kim Walker Postgraduate Travel Bursary

Philippa Maddern ECR Publication Prize

Patricia Crawford Postgraduate Publication Prize

ANZAMEMS Life Member Award

Donate to the Postgraduate Travel Fund

 


 

George Yule Essay Prize

The George Yule Prize is awarded to the best essay written by a postgraduate. It is awarded biennially, at each ANZAMEMS conference. The following conditions apply:

  1. Candidates must be currently enrolled postgraduates at a university in Australia or New Zealand, and proof of enrolment will be required on submission of the essay. Candidates must also be financial members of the Association.
  2. It is expected that the essay will be a written version of a paper presented at the conference. While the aural version must be strictly limited to a delivery length of 20 minutes, a longer word-limit applies to the written version of the paper (see below).
  3. Essays submitted should be no more than 3500 words long (excluding footnotes), on a topic of the writer’s choice within the fields of medieval and early modern studies. Each essay should be adequately footnoted and documented, and include a bibliography.
  4. The essay will be judged by a panel consisting of the President (ex officio) and two other members of ANZAMEMS, one of who will be either the editor, or the deputy editor, of Parergon.
  5. In the event that insufficient entries are received, or the standard of entries is not sufficiently high, the judging panel reserves the right not to award a prize for any given conference.
  6. The winner will receive a travel bursary for assistance in attending the conference, A$500 in prize money (or NZD equivalent), and a year’s free subscription to Parergon.
    • The year’s free membership to ANZAMEMS will commence on the expiry of the current subscription.
    • The amount of the travel bursary component of the prize will be determined at the discretion of the Conference Organisers, but should be in line with other travel bursaries awarded for the same conference, and should not exceed A$500.
    • Should the winner be resident in the conference host city, the travel bursary may be applied to other travel connected with study, or other expenses associated with attendance at the conference.
  7. The winner will be given the opportunity to present the paper at a plenary session of the conference.
  8. The prize will be presented at the conference dinner, to which the winner will receive a complimentary ticket.
  9. The writer of the winning paper will be encouraged to submit an expanded version of the paper for publication in Parergon, subject to the usual process of refereeing.
  10. The deadline for submissions will be determined by the conference convenors and advertised during the call-for-papers and registration period.
  11. Administration of the prize, including arranging payment with the Treasurer, is the responsibility of the Conference Convenors.
  12. Payment of the prize (i.e., funds) is the responsibility of the Treasurer.
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Postgraduate/ Recent Graduate Conference Bursaries

To enable current or recent postgraduates who are currently unwaged to attend the ANZAMEMS biennial conference and deliver a paper at a session, travel bursaries will be offered. The amount of funding available and hence the number of bursaries funded, will be determined by the respective ANZAMEMS Conference committees after they have considered the applications.

To be eligible, applicants must be:

    • A financial member of ANZAMEMS
    • In less than 0.5 of full-time employment
    • Currently enrolled in a postgraduate programme, or have graduated with a postgraduate degree (MA by research or PhD) within the last two years.

The application process, which will be left to the discretion of the respective Conference, will be advertised at the same time as the Conference’s Call for Papers. It is likely to require submission of:

    • Title and abstract of paper to be presented at conference
    • Proof of enrolment or recent award
    • A budget/quotes outlining cost of attendance at conference
    • Contact details
    • Name of institution and supervisor

It is not expected that Conference Convenors will be able to offer a bursary to every eligible applicant. In the event of there being more eligible applicants than can be supported, the ANZAMEMS Conference Committee will rank applicants according to distance travelled, financial need, current employment status, and access to other sources of funding.

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Kim Walker Postgraduate Travel Bursary

One of the conference bursary applicants will be selected for the Kim Walker Travel Bursary, currently set at AUD$500.

The bursary should be awarded to the person who most nearly fits the following criteria:

    • A postgraduate currently enrolled at a university in New Zealand or Australia
    • A New Zealand postgraduate when the conference takes place in Australia and an Australian postgraduate when the conference takes place in New Zealand
    • A postgraduate who is in particular need
    • A postgraduate who is giving a conference paper that is specifically related to the conference theme and/or on the subject of Early Modern women’s writing

The bursary will be awarded by a selection committee comprised of the conference convenor, one other member of the conference committee, and one member of the ANZAMEMS committee.

The bursary will be funded by donations to the Postgraduate Travel Fund.

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Philippa Maddern ECR Publication Prize

Philippa Maddern (1952–2014) was Professor of History at The University of Western Australia, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, an ANZAMEMS stalwart, and an active member of the Association from its inception. Philippa contributed enormously to the development of medieval and early modern studies, both in Australia and globally. She gave great service as an office bearer of ANZAMEMS, serving in a range of capacities on the committee including many years as its Treasurer. Philippa was a great champion of researchers embarking on academic careers and ANZAMEMS is proud to establish a Publication Prize for Early Career Researchers in her honour.

The Philippa Maddern ECR Publication Prize is awarded to an Early Career Researcher (ECR) for the best article-length scholarly work in any discipline/topic falling within the scope of medieval and early modern studies, published within the previous two years.

The Prize will be offered biennially, with the submission and adjudication process timed so that the announcement of the winner can be made at an ANZAMEMS Biennial International Conference. The Prize will be offered in 2016, with the winner announced at the ANZAMEMS conference to be held in Wellington, NZ, in February 2017.

**Entry for the 2016 Prize is now closed**

Please direct all queries regarding the prize to: info@anzamems.org

Prize:

Winners will receive A$1500 in prize money (or NZD equivalent), a travel bursary of A$500 to provide assistance in attending the ANZAMEMS Conference, a year’s membership of ANZAMEMS (including a subscription to Parergon), and a place at the ANZAMEMS Conference Dinner (at which the Prize is to be announced).

  • Should the winner be resident in the conference host city, the travel bursary may be applied to other travel connected with research, or other expenses associated with attendance at the ANZAMEMS Conference, at the discretion of the Committee.
  • The winner will be announced at the next ANZAMEMS Conference, and publicised in the next convenient issue of Parergon and the ANZAMEMS Newsletter.

Entry is open to:

  • Early Career Researchers within 10 years of the award of a PhD (or equivalent research degree), but with a submission/completion date before 1 January 2014. An extension to the 10-year limit may be granted for significant career interruption/s due to any one or more of the following circumstances: care responsibilities; international relocation for post-doctoral or other research employment; serious illness; maternity or parental leave; unemployment; employment outside academia/current academic discipline.
  • Current financial members of ANZAMEMS;
  • Citizens and Permanent Residents of Australia or New Zealand;
  • Only one submission per entrant will be accepted.
  • Determination of eligibility will be at the discretion of the ANZAMEMS Committee.

To be considered for the Prize, the publication must:

  • Be the work of a single author;
  • Be between 5000 and 8000 words in length;
  • Appear in a peer-reviewed journal or an edited collection;
  • Have been published during the two calendar years previous to the year in which the prize is offered;
  • Be based upon original research.

Judging:

  • The Judging Panel will consist of: the ANZAMEMS President; the Editor of Parergon; another member of the ANZAMEMS Committee; and a representative, selected by the Committee, of the general membership of ANZAMEMS.
  • The Judging Panel reserves the right not to award a Prize in the event that insufficient entries are received, or for any other reason.
  • The Judging Panel’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
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Patricia Crawford Postgraduate Publication Prize

Patricia Crawford (1941–2009) was Professor Emerita of History at The University of Western Australia. A pioneering feminist historian, she is remembered as a leading scholar of early modern England whose work brought new depth to the study of women’s lives and thereby transformed understanding of the period. Trish was internationally recognised and served The University of Western Australia, her discipline, and ANZAMEMS with distinction. An active member of ANZAMEMS and the Parergon Editorial Committee, Trish was a scholar passionate about collaboration, and a mentor of extraordinary generosity, and ANZAMEMS is delighted to establish a Publication Prize for postgraduate students in her honour.

The Patricia Crawford Postgraduate Publication Prize will be awarded to a postgraduate student for the best article-length scholarly work in any discipline/topic falling within the scope of medieval and early modern studies, published within the previous two years.

The Prize will be offered biennially, with the submission and adjudication process timed so that the announcement of the winner can be made at an ANZAMEMS Biennial International Conference. The Prize will be offered in 2016, with the winner announced at the ANZAMEMS conference to be held in Wellington, NZ, in February 2017.

**Entry for the 2016 Prize is now closed**

Please direct all queries regarding the prize to: info@anzamems.org

Prize:

Winners will receive A$500 in prize money (or NZD equivalent), a travel bursary of A$500 to provide assistance in attending the ANZAMEMS Conference, a year’s membership of ANZAMEMS (including a subscription to Parergon), and a place at the ANZAMEMS Conference Dinner (at which the Prize is to be announced).

  • Should the winner be resident in the conference host city, the travel bursary may be applied to other travel connected with study, or other expenses associated with attendance at the ANZAMEMS Conference, at the discretion of the Committee.
  • The winner will be announced at the next ANZAMEMS Conference, and publicised in the next convenient issue of Parergon and the ANZAMEMS Newsletter.

Entry is open to:

  • Postgraduate students formally enrolled in a PhD or Masters by research programme at some point during the period of 2014–15, and either continuing in 2016 or with a completion date after 31 December 2015;
  • Current financial members of ANZAMEMS;
  • Citizens and Permanent Residents of Australia or New Zealand;
  • Only one submission per entrant will be accepted.
  • Determination of eligibility will be at the discretion of the ANZAMEMS Committee.

To be considered for the prize, the publication must:

  • Be the work of a single author;
  • Be between 5000 and 8000 words in length;
  • Appear in a peer-reviewed journal or an edited collection;
  • Have been published during the two calendar years previous to the year in which the prize is offered;
  • Be based upon original research.

Judging:

  • The Judging Panel will consist of: the ANZAMEMS President; the Editor of Parergon; another member of the ANZAMEMS Committee; and a representative, selected by the Committee, of the general membership of ANZAMEMS.
  • The Judging Panel reserves the right not to award a Prize in the event that insufficient entries are received, or for any other reason.
  • The Judging Panel’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
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ANZAMEMS Life Member Award

The ANZAMEMS Life Member Award will recognise scholars who have made a lasting contribution to the field of medieval and early modern studies, by exhibiting leadership and/or providing inspiration to others in the field, throughout their research and teaching careers, and/or through their active service to ANZAMEMS or Parergon.

Selection Criteria

Nominees for the ANZAMEMS Life Member Award:

  • should have made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the Association or its objects in at least two of the following categories: leadership, scholarship, teaching, mentorship, or service.
  • should have made a positive impact on the field at the national and/or international level, reaching what is generally acknowledged as the top of their profession.

Eligibility

Nominees for the ANZAMEMS Life Member Award:

  • should be permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand and have been resident in either country for a significant portion of their career.
  • need not have a university affiliation.

Nomination Letter and Supporting Materials

Each nomination should be supported by a letter of nomination, the nominee’s resume, and up to five letters of recommendation (including that of the nominator) that speak to the nominee’s distinction in the identified categories. Please note that the letter of nomination and one letter of recommendation must come from a current financial member of ANZAMEMS.

1) Letter of Nomination

The letter of nomination should include the name and affiliation (if relevant) of the nominee; the name, and affiliation of the nominator; the names of the authors of letters of recommendation; and contact information for all parties. The letter of nomination should lay out the reasons for the nomination.

2) Resume

The nominee, or the nominator on behalf of the nominee, should submit a standard academic CV detailing education, work experience, scholarship, and, if relevant, service to Parergon or on the ANZAMEMS’ Committee.

3) Letters of Recommendation

One or more of the categories (leadership, scholarship, teaching, mentorship, or service) should be addressed in each of the letters of recommendation. The letters should focus on the distinction of the nominee’s whole career.

Number of Awards

The ANZAMEMS Life Member Award may be made no more than once every four years.

Selection of Awardees

The Committee will select the most outstanding nominee from the received nominations. A Special Resolution to award Life Membership to the Committee’s nominee will then be moved at an Annual General Meeting, or a specially convened General Meeting, to be voted on by the membership. The motion will require a 75% majority of the voting membership present at that meeting to be considered passed. The Committee, however, reserves the right to not make a recommendation for a Life Member Award to the AGM/GM, if no nominations are received, or if it is deemed that there is no sufficiently outstanding candidate among those that are.

Award

The awardee will receive an ANZAMEMS honorary membership, to begin at the start of the following financial year. If convenient, the Award may be presented at an ANZAMEMS conference.

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Postgraduate Travel Fund

At the time of registration for conferences, members will be given the opportunity to make a donation to a Postgraduate Travel Fund, from which conference bursaries will be paid.

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