Woodward Medals

Critical Dates

May 2023

Nominations open 

Friday 7 July 2023, 3pm

Nominations Close

September 2023

Notification of Outcomes


Sir Edward Woodward, a former University Chancellor, and Lady Woodward have established two medals for staff at the University with support from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor. The two awards – the Woodward Medal in Science and Technology and the Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences – are awarded annually to two University of Melbourne staff for research published in the preceding five years considered to have made the most significant contribution to knowledge in fields of Science and Technology or Humanities and Social Sciences.

Awardees of each medal will receive a cash award of $10,000.

How to apply

  1. Log into SmartyGrants and begin the nomination form.
  2. Members of staff must be nominated by a colleague in the nominee’s Faculty (‘internal nomination’) and sign-off of the nomination must be provided by the Dean of the Academic Division or relevant Head of School. The internal nominator must provide a statement about the nature of the work and its significance. If the nominator is not an expert in the candidate’s field, another expert may be identified by the applicant to complete this statement.
  3. Additionally, the application should also include a supporting statement from an independent expert who is external to the University, such as a preeminent researcher in the field or a publisher (‘external nomination statement’). If there is no external expert available, this should be noted in the internal nomination statement and the selection committee will only rely on the internal nomination statement.
  4. To submit hard-copy books (only if there is no electronic option), please email res-devschemes@unimelb.edu.au to arrange.

Supporting documents

Documents for 2023:


Please direct queries to:

Researcher Development Schemes