The Sidney Prize and the Postgraduate Research Prize for Leadership

The Sidney Prize recognizes excellence in journalism that uncovers social and economic injustice. Each month, a panel of judges selects an article which best meets its criteria and announces a winner on the second Wednesday. Nominations for print articles as well as podcasts can be submitted; winners receive $500 as well as an original certificate designed by New Yorker cartoonist Edward Sorel.

This prize money is designed to reward journalists who take risks to get a story, writing with clarity in mind in order to help readers comprehend complex topics. Additionally, it may be used for purchasing reporting tools like databases, cameras and specialised software; and was named in honour of philosopher Sidney Hook who considered journalism one of the key facets of human activity.

Are You Applying for the Sydney Prize? Here is your opportunity! You must submit both a CV and letter of support from an academic or professional staff member by May 1, 2024 to be considered for this prestigious award. The deadline to do so is 5/1/2024.

Nazanin Boniadi of Iran-born actress and human rights activist was awarded the 2023 Sydney Peace Prize. As the inaugural woman recipient of this prestigious award, her 2023 Sydney Prize ceremony took place at Sydney Town Hall and included an audience with guests present.

The Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Prize for Leadership is an HDR student award that acknowledges those who have undertaken additional responsibilities or leadership roles within their School, Faculty or University committees; professional organizations or community outreach. The prize is valued at $1,000 and will be paid out as a one-time payment.

Students interested in applying for the Sydney Prize must complete an application form here. Applicants must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and completed at least 12 credit points of Greek or Latin units of study; additionally they must have been approved by an academic or professional staff member from the Faculty of Science.

This prize honors journalism that exposes social and economic inequities. Established by philosopher Sidney Hook who believed journalists must take risks to expose truth, nominations are open from the public for consideration and a panel of judges will make their selection.

Prize is valued at $330 and sponsored by the Frank Cotton Memorial Fund; no application necessary as FMH will identify eligible students.

The Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize is open to writers both locally and internationally, offering a total prize pool worth $15,000. The winner will be given $5,000 plus publication in Overland magazine; two runners-up will also be featured. It is sponsored by Malcolm Robertson Foundation in memory of late writer Neilma Gantner.