Thelma Hunter Gender and Politics PhD Prize

The Thelma Hunter Women and Politics PhD Prize replaces the Women and Politics Essay Prize from 2018.

The prize is presented biennially for the best PhD awarded at an Australian university on the topic of gender and/or women and politics broadly defined. The winner is decided by a committee established by the Women’s Caucus of APSA. It will include a previous award winner where possible and appropriate. This award is next offered in 2020. The criteria used in judging entries are:

  1. The prize will recognise a PhD of distinction in the field of gender and/or women and politics, broadly defined, submitted at an Australian University.

  2. Supervisors will be invited to submit for consideration for the Thelma Hunter Award dissertations awarded to their PhD students in the previous two academic years.

  3. A dissertation is eligible for the competition if the examiners have passed it in the two-year period up to the 31 December of the year prior to the nomination.


Conditions of entry:

  1. Competition is open to PhD students who are Australian residents and who completed their PhD at an Australian tertiary institution.

  2. An electronic PDF version of the dissertation should be submitted to the APSA Executive Assistant by the due date (to be advised by APSA every entry year).

  3. The winner will be announced at the annual conference dinner, where a $1000 prize will be awarded ($250 from the APSA Gender and Women and Politics PhD Prize award scheme, and $250 from the Thelma Hunter bequest, and $500 from APSA).

  4. The entry form should be accompanied by an electronic copy of the thesis, together with an electronic copy of all examiners’ reports for the thesis.

  5. Eligible theses will be sent to the judging committee panel. The APSA Women’s Caucus Executive member will chair the judging panel (or a delegate if there is a conflict of interest), and will consist of at least two other women caucus members or gender and politics experts, all of whom will be members of APSA. The judging committee panel will rely both upon the examiners’ reports and their own reading of the thesis to make their determination. Each judge will write a report on the theses under consideration. There will be then be meeting of judges (this can be carried out via conference call), during which all judges will reach agreement on the thesis to be awarded the prize. The Chair of the Panel will convey the Panel’s recommendation to the Executive Assistant.

  6. The Executive Assistant will advise the winner. This should be done in sufficient time to ensure the winner’s presence, if possible, at the annual APSA conference dinner.

  7. The prize will be conferred at the annual conference dinner, where the prize of $500 and a trophy will be awarded.