Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research

Nominations for the Paul Bourke Award must be submitted to the Manager, Fellowship (Michelle.Bruce [at] assa.edu.au) by 10 July each year.

The Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research (formerly Academy Early Career Award), replaces the Academy Award for Younger Scholars which was introduced in 1987).  The award is named in honour of the Academy's past president Paul Francis Bourke (1938–1999) who was a product of the History School at the University of Melbourne and went on to become one of the first Australian historians to obtain American style doctoral training.  Whilst at Flinders University, he served as Professor of American Studies and also as Pro-Vice Chancellor.  From Flinders University, he went on to become the Director of the Research School of Social Sciences at ANU and also served as the President of ASSA (1993–1997).  Amongst scholars, the contribution Paul made to the field of performance measurement is considered to be invaluable.

More about the Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research

Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research

Early Career Researcher Commendations of the Academy of the Social Sciences

About the award

Paul Francis Bourke (1938-1999) was a product of the History school at the University of Melbourne who went on to become one of the first Australian historians to obtain American style doctoral training.

Whilst at Flinders University, he served as Professor of American Studies and also as Pro-Vice Chancellor. From Flinders University, he went on to become the Director of the RSSS at ANU and also served as the President of ASSA (1993-1997). Amongst scholars the contribution Paul made to the field of performance measurement is considered to be invaluable.

The Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research, formerly Academy Early Career Award, replaces the Academy Award for Younger Scholars which was introduced in 1987. The Award honours Australians in the early part of their career who have achieved excellence in scholarship in one or more fields of the social sciences.

Each Panel of the Academy will select one outstanding scholar to be considered for the Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research, based on the nominations received from Fellows. From these the Paul Bourke Award recipient is selected. This award comprises a Citation and Medallion presented to the winner, who is invited to receive the award at the Academy Annual Dinner. With the agreement of the winner’s home university, the jointly-sponsored Paul Bourke Lecture will be delivered by the winner during the year following receipt of the Award.

Early Career Researcher Commendations of the Academy of the Social Sciences will be presented to the remaining shortlisted Panel nominees, possibly at the Academy Annual Dinner. An alternative event, where the awardee/s will be invited to make a presentation about his/her work, may be organised at State Branch level.

Judging

Nominations for the Award will firstly be judged by the Academy’s relevant Panel Committees, to create a shortlist of candidates, one for each Panel. Final judging, to determine the winner of the Paul Bourke Award will be by the remainder of the Early Career Award Committee: the President, Chair of the Public Forums Committee and the Executive Director.

Timeline

Nominations are called for in May and are to be submitted to the Secretariat no later than 10 July each year.

The Nomination

The Nomination Form can be obtained from the Secretariat or downloaded from the Fellows Area of the website. The form is to be submitted and signed by two Fellows of the Academy and requires:

  • A citation of not more than 150 words setting out the case for the nominated scholar
  • The names and contact details of two referees who will be contacted to evaluate the scholarly contribution of the nominee (the referees need not be Fellows of the Academy)
  • A full CV for the nominee.

Nominators should make their nominee/s aware of the date of the Annual Dinner to ensure they are available to receive their award should they be successful. 

Selection Criteria

  1. Excellence in scholarship in the social sciences.
  2. A PhD in the social sciences, awarded not more than eight years prior to the time of nomination, excluding time which may have been devoted exclusively to maternity/paternity leave or other carer responsibilities.
  3. A record of achievement in scholarly publication with emphasis on recent work, especially in leading international journals and/or books published by leading publishers. Additional evidence of achievement includes: prizes, grants, scholarships, presentations at leading international conferences, and/or contribution to the advancement of public policy in the social sciences.
  4. Australian citizenship or permanent resident status.
  5. The nominated scholar must not be a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences.
  6. The nominated scholar must not have previously won the Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research or an Early Career Researcher Commendation of the Academy of the Social Sciences.