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 biennially to an Australian-based, 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.

“This award is an incredible mark of esteem that has significantly boosted my national and international profile. Since being awarded the Crawford Medal, I have been interviewed on the issue of same-sex marriage for television, newspaper, and radio, and was also awarded a Residential Fellowship with the University of Connecticut.”Dr Louise Richardson-Self, 2016 co-recipient
“The Crawford Medal plays a significant role in acknowledging the value of public-facing work, by early career academics. To have my research recognised in this manner is wonderful. I count myself lucky to love what I do for work; to make exciting archival discoveries and to share those, thereby enriching our collective understanding of Shakespeare’s London.”Dr David McInnis, 2016 co-recipient

Eligibility & how to apply

Applications are now closed for the 2018 Crawford Medal. 

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