The 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. The award is funded from a major bequest to the Academy by Emeritus Professor R.M. (Max) 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 on our website.

Previous Recipients

  • 2016: Joint winners – Dr David McInnis (University of Melbourne) and Dr Louise Richardson-Self (University of Tasmania)
  • 2014: Dr Tom Murray (Macquarie University)
  • 2012: Joint winners – Dr Michael Ondaatje (University of Newcastle) and Dr Lisa Ford (University of New South Wales)
  • 2010: Dr Roland Burke (La Trobe University)
  • 2008: Associate Professor Kate Crawford (University of New South Wales)
  • 2006: Dr Christopher Hilliard (University of Sydney)
  • 2004: Dr Kirsten McKenzie (University of Sydney)
  • 2002: Dr Glenda Sluga (University of Sydney)
  • 2000: Dr John Hajek (University of Melbourne)
  • 1997: Dr Tom Griffiths (Australian National University)
  • 1996: Dr Lesley Stirling (University of Melbourne)
  • 1995: Dr Nicholas Thomas (Australian National University)
  • 1994: Dr Geremie Barmé (Australian National University)
  • 1993: Dr Hilary Fraser (University of Western Australia)
  • 1992: Dr Janet McCalman (University of Melbourne)

Further Information

For further information on the nomination process please contact the Programme Manager or call the Academy on (02) 6125 9860.
Address: 3 Liversidge Street
Acton, Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: (+612) 6125 9860
Fax: (+612) 6125 9142