Ann Curthoys Prize

The Ann Curthoys Prize is awarded for the best unpublished article-length work by an Early Career Researcher in any one or combination of the following fields in which Ann has published:  

  • Australian history 
  • feminist history 
  • Indigenous history 
  • transnational/comparative/colonial history 
  • history and theory 

The Prize honours the varied work and dedicated service to the historical profession of Professor Ann Curthoys; it is generously funded by Ann and the Australian Catholic University, the institution of the current History Australia editors. 

Applications are now open. The Prize will be awarded annually at the AHA AGM or annual Conference.

Terms and Conditions

The winner will be awarded:

  • $750 in prize money
  • A citation, presented annually at the AHA national conference.

In addition to the Prize the winning entry will be considered for publication in History Australia – the journal of the Australian Historical Association.


At the time of submission, the article must not be under review by any journal other than History Australia.

Applicants must be members of the AHA at the time of submission.

Applicants must be an Early Career Researcher (in 2024 we define this as within 6 years of the conferral of their PhD, as of 1 May 2024, and by taking into account formal career interruptions as defined here by the Australian Research Council. Note that we normally will define ECR as within 5 years, but in 2024 we are allowing for one more year to account for COVID disruptions).


Submissions should be 8,000-10,000 including references and abstract. They should be double-spaced and completely anonymous.

Applicants are required to provide:

  • A digital copy of their work
  • A completed entry form that contains a statement from the author confirming the originality of the work and their eligibility

Applications and queries should be emailed to the Editorial Assistant of History Australia: 

Applications close 1 May 2024

Selection Process

The judges will include one editor from History Australia and one member of the editorial board. Their decision will be final.

Previous Winners