Max Crawford Medal

Max Crawford medal

The Max Crawford Medal is Australia’s most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the humanities. It is presented to an early career scholar for outstanding achievement in the humanities, whose research and publications make an exceptional contribution to the understanding of their discipline by the general public.

The Medal has been awarded since 1992 and recipients have gone on to forge strong careers in the Australian humanities community.

R. M. CrawfordEmeritus Professor R. M. (Max) Crawford

The Medal celebrates the outstanding career of Emeritus Professor R. M. (Max) Crawford OBE FAHA (1906–91). He was an eminent historian who greatly influenced the teaching of history in Australian universities and schools, as well being one of the founders of Historical Studies (the first academic journal dedicated to Australian history), the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies and the Australian Humanities Research Centre. Professor Crawford played a critical role in creating the Australian Academy of the Humanities and is recognised as a Foundation Fellow.

This award has been made possible by a generous bequest to the Academy by Professor Crawford.

I am deeply honoured that the Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities have recognised my work through the Max Crawford Medal.The award will enhance my profile both in Australia and internationally, and help me to engage in academic and public policy debate in my fields of Middle Eastern politics and Islamic studies.Dr Raihan Ismail, 2018 co-recipient
It is wonderful to have an institution of the stature of the Academy recognise the academic quality and public value of my research on the moral legitimacy of multiple citizenship. To be awarded the Crawford Medal is both a great personal honour and immense career boost for an early-career researcher.
Dr Ana Tanasoca, 2018 co-recipient

Eligibility and how to nominate

In order to further recognise and foster the outstanding work being undertaken by the future generation of humanities scholars, the Academy will award the Max Crawford Medal on an annual basis starting in 2019 to coincide with our 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Nominations open 9:00am AEST Thursday 28 February 2019 and close 5:00pm AEST Monday 15 April 2019.

The award of the Crawford Medal is based on a nomination process. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Please review the Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions prior to submitting a nomination.

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Nominees must be Citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia. Nominees must also be currently based in Australia. Nominees must be in the early stages of their careers, which will be determined, inter-alia, by how recently a PhD was conferred. In normal circumstances it should have been conferred no more than five years prior to the closing date for nominations.

Selection criteria

Nominations need to address the following criteria:

1. Quality and Impact: The nominee’s work must be both of high quality, and deep impact. It must be academically sound and thoroughly researched and have contributed to a deeper understanding of a humanities discipline amongst the general public.

2. Enrichment of Cultural Life: The nominee’s work must have contributed to the enrichment of the cultural life of Australia, or have the potential to do so.

3. Media: The nominee’s work can exist in any form, as long as it fulfils the selection criteria. It could be a monograph, a television or radio documentary, a series of journal articles, a scholarly website or a film of academic merit, etc.

4. Goal Focused: The nominee’s work must focus specifically on a particular research goal within the wider discipline. For example, for a series of journal articles to meet this criterion, they must all have in their purpose the development and/or conclusion of a specific path of research in a humanities discipline.

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