Thelma Hunter Gender and Politics PhD Prize

This prize is presented biennially for the best PhD awarded at an Australian university on the topic of gender and/or women and politics broadly defined.

The Thelma Hunter Gender and Politics PhD Prize replaces the Women and Politics Essay Prize from 2018. It is awarded on a biennial basis, alternating with the Carole Pateman Gender and Politics Book Prize. The winner is decided by a committee established by the Women’s Caucus of APSA. It will include a previous award winner where possible and appropriate. The next award will be offered in 2020.

Call for nominations 2020 (Closed for Nominations)

  • Call for Nominations – Friday 22 May 2020
  • Closing Date for Nominations – Friday 26 June 2020
  • Winner Announcement – APSA 2020 AGM
  • Commission of Winner’s Trophy  – APSA 2021 Annual Conference Dinner

Criteria on which entries will be judged:

  • The prize will recognize a PhD of distinction in the field of gender and/or women and politics, broadly defined, submitted by PhD students who are Australian residents, at an Australian University.
  • Supervisors will be invited to submit for consideration for the Thelma Hunter Award dissertations awarded to their PhD students in the previous two academic years.
  • A dissertation is eligible for the competition if the examiners have passed it in the two-year period up to the 31 December of the year prior to the nomination.

Conditions of entry:

  • The completed Entry Form, accompanied by an electronic copy of the thesis, together with an electronic copy of all examiners’ reports for the thesis, should be submitted to the APSA Executive Assistant by the due date (to be advised by APSA every entry year).
  • Eligible theses will be sent to the judging committee panel. The APSA Women’s Caucus Executive member will chair the judging panel (or a delegate if there is a conflict of interest), and will consist of at least two other women caucus members or gender and politics experts, all of whom will be members of APSA. The judging panel will rely both upon the examiners’ reports and their own reading of the thesis to make their determination. Each judge will write a report on the theses they are considering, confer, and reach agreement on the thesis to be awarded the prize.
  • The Chair of the Panel will convey the Panel’s recommendation to the Executive Assistant, who will then advise the winner.
  • The winner of the prize will be announced at the annual conference dinner, where a prize of A$1000 and a trophy will be awarded.