Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded under special circumstances following a recommendation to the Executive Committee by any member of APSA. It is made in recognition of the exceptional achievement and contributions to political studies of one of its members, and also in recognition of exceptional service to the Association. 


APSA Lifetime Achievement Award 2020:

Call for Nominations – Friday 22 May 2020 

Closing Date for Nominations – Friday 26 June 2020

Winner Announcement – APSA 2020 AGM

Commission of Winner's Trophy  – APSA 2021 Annual Conference Dinner


Nomination Guidelines:

  1. The Award is given in recognition of a lifetime's achievement. Normally, the nominated individual would no longer be in full-time employment or actively serving on the APSA Executive.
  2. There is no requirement to make an annual award.
  3. ‘Achievement’ admits of no fixed definition but, normally, the individual will have made a significant contribution to the development of political studies in Australia and command an international reputation. Thus, and as an example only, we would expect the successful nominee to have published at least two internationally significant books over the course of his or her career.
  4. ‘Service’ admits of no fixed definition, but normally, the individual will have given significant and/or exceptional service to the Association, including the AJPS.
  5. Nominations must include both a statement of the case for the award and the CV of the nominated individual. This can include testimony from a variety of individuals, which is encouraged. Continued active service to APSA will also be looked upon favourably.
  6. The decision will be made by a sub-committee chaired by the current President of APSA. It will include a previous award winner where possible and appropriate.
  7. The sub-committee may at its discretion seek advice on the standing, national and international, of any nominee.
  8. APSA will name only the winner, not the nominees.
  9. The winner of the prize will be announced at APSA 2020 AGM. A trophy will be awarded at the APSA 2021 Annual Conference Dinner.
  10. Life membership of APSA is automatically conferred to recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Nominations should be emailed to the APSA Executive Assistant by Friday 26 June, 2020. 


Recipients of the APSA Lifetime Achievement Award:

  • Professor Don Aitkin AO, FASSA
  • Professor Bruce Davis 
  • Professor David Goldsworthy 
  • Professor Murray Goot FASSA
  • Professor Leslie Holmes FASSA
  • Professor Colin Hughes, FASSA
  • Professor Dean Jaensch AO
  • Professor Carol Johnson FASSA
  • Professor Trevor Matthews 
  • Professor Henry Mayer AM, FASSA
  • Professor Ian McAllister, FASSA
  • Emeritus Professor Marian Sawer AO, FASSA
  • Professor Pat Weller AO, FASSA