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


Nominees must be Australian-based humanities scholars.  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.  

Key criteria:

  1. Quality and Impact: The nominee’s work must be both of high quality, and deep impact. The nominee’s work must be academically sound and thoroughly It must 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
  3. Media: The nominee’s work can exist in any form, as long as it fulfils the selection criteria. Thus, it could be a monograph, a television or radio documentary, a series of journal articles, a scholarly website or a film of academic merit,
  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

Refer to the nomination guidelines for full details. 

How to apply

Nominations are now open and will close AEST 5:00pm April 4, 2018

Before applying, please review the nomination guidelines for eligibility, selection criteria, information required, and frequently asked questions. 

All nominations are to be made via our online application system.