Woodward Medals

Critical Dates

Friday 13 May 2022

Applications open via SmartyGrants

Monday 21 July 2022, 3pm

Applications Close 

September  2022

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 a member of staff for research published in the five years leading up to 31 December of the preceding year. The research must have made a significant contribution to knowledge in a field of science and technology or humanities and social sciences.

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


  1. Nominees must be members of staff at The University of Melbourne at the time of application.
  2. For 2022, nominated works must have been published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2021.
  3. The same person may not be nominated for both a Woodward Medal and a Marles Medal in the same year.
  4. Honorary appointees whose primary academic affiliation is the University of Melbourne are eligible to apply if they satisfy all other eligibility criteria and their application relates to major research work completed in the timeframe set out above at 2.2.
  5. The form of publication may be a book, a refereed journal article or a suite of related books and/or articles published electronically or in hard copy, or other creative work published in an appropriate digital medium in the preceding five years.
  6. If nominations are for a suite of related books and/or articles, applications may include up to but no more than three items for review.

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 Academic Division (‘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 and links last updated 13/05/2022


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