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.


The award is open to Australian early-career humanities-based researchers. Details of key selection criteria are released when the application process opens.

How to apply

The next call for nominations will take place in 2018. Details of the award’s selection criteria, application and review process will be posted here.