Thelma Hunter Women and Politics PhD Prize

The Thelma Hunter Women and Politics PhD Prize replaces the Women and Politics Essay Prize. It is awarded biennially, and will be offered next in 2020. This page will be updated soon with more accurate information.

The prize is awarded for the best PhD 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. Past winners will be encouraged to participate in the judging process for future awards.

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 are invited to submit dissertations awarded to their PhD students in the previous two academic years for consideration for the Thelma Hunter Prize.  

3. A dissertation is eligible for consideration if passed by its examiners in the two-year period up to the 31 December of the year prior to the nomination.

4. For the inaugural 2018 Prize, the thesis will have been passed between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2017. 

5. The winner will be invited to the APSA Annual Conference dinner to receive a trophy and cheque for $1000.

An entry for the 2018 Thelma Hunter Women and Politics PhD Prize should include:

  • A completed APSA Thelma Hunter PhD Prize Nomination Form
  • An electronic copy / PDF the thesis
  • Electronic copies / PDFs of all examiners’ reports for the thesis
  • Evidence of the date on which the PhD was passed by the Graduate Research School or equivalent university body, eg. a copy of the email advising the candidate or supervisor that the PhD has been passed. This date must fall between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2017. 

Email nominations to:

Please contact the APSA National Office if you have any questions.

Past Winners

2018: Isobelle Barrett Meyering, University of NSW, Women’s Liberation, children’s liberation: a new history of Australian feminism (1969-1979).