The Paul Bourke Awards for Early Career Research
The Paul Bourke Awards for Early Career Research honour Australians in the early part of their career who have achieved excellence in scholarship in one or more fields of the social sciences.
About the awards
The Paul Bourke Awards for Early Career Research are 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 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.
Based on nominations from Fellows, each Panel of the Academy will select one outstanding scholar to receive one of four Paul Bourke Awards. It is the intention of the Academy that the awards are presented to social science researchers who, at the time of nomination, do not yet hold an Associate Professor or Professorial appointment. Such persons are normally within five years of receiving their doctorate, but allowances are made for career interruptions.
The awards comprise a Citation and Medallion presented to each of the four winners at the Academy Annual Dinner. With the agreement of the winners’ home university, a jointly-sponsored lecture will be delivered by each of the winners during the year following receipt of the awards.
Nominations will be judged by the Academy’s relevant Panel Committee to determine the winners of the Paul Bourke Awards, one in each Panel (A, B, C and D).
- Nominations open in May and must be submitted to the Manager, Fellowship (Michelle.Bruce@assa.edu.au) no later than 31 July to be considered for nomination in that year.
- Panel Committees review nominations in August.
- Each of the four winners are presented with a testamur and medallion at the Academy’s Annual Dinner (typically November).
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
- Two referee reports (max 2 pages each) from scholars in the nominee’s field of study. (One referee report is to be provided by at least one of the nominators. The second referee need not be a Fellow 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.
- Excellence in scholarship in the social sciences.
- A PhD in the social sciences, awarded normally not more than five years prior to the time of nomination, excluding time which may have been devoted exclusively to maternity/paternity leave or other carer responsibilities.
- 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.
- Australian citizenship or permanent resident status.
- The nominated scholar must not be a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences.
- 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.
2017: Elise Sargeant, Amy King, Mark Humphery-Jenner, Daniel King
2016: Muireann Irish
2015: Philip Batterham
2014: Emma Kowa
2013: Anina Rich
2012: Paul Dux
20111: Linda Graham
2010: Christy Newman
2009: Mark A Bellgrove
2008: Murat Yucel
2007: Jason Sharman
2006: Andrew Leigh, Jennifer Hudson
2005: Thomas Suddendorf
2004: Alex Bellamy
2003: Lisa Maher
2002: Jason B Mattingley
2001: Robert Hill, Kaarin Anstey
2000: Andrea Whittaker
1999: Richard Bryant
1998: Chandran Kukathas
1997: Jeff Borland
1996: Tony Aspromourgos
1995: Kay J Anderson
1994: Debbie Terry
1993: John Quiggin
1992: Robert Cribb
1991: Peter Higgs
1990: Vicki Lee
1989: Gregory Whitwell
1988: Wojciech Sadurski
1987: Richard Fox