Woodward Medals

Critical Dates

Friday 30 July 2021

Applications open via SmartyGrants

Thursday 30 September 2021
3:00pm (AEST)


November 2021

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. Candidates must be members of staff at The University of Melbourne at the time of application.
  2. For 2021, nominated works must have been published between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2020.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Although not mandatory, preference will be given to work completed at The University of Melbourne.
  6. Candidates must be nominated by a colleague. The nominator must provide a Nomination Statement speaking to the nature of the work at its contribution to knowledge in the field. If the nominator is not in the candidate's field, they may use another expert to write the Statement.
  7. Where the nominated publication is a multi-authored work, the candidate must explicitly clarify their individual contribution.

How to apply

  1. Log into SmartyGrants and begin the nomination form.
  2. The nominator should provide a one-page Nomination Statement. If the nominator cannot speak to your academic field, another expert can write the Statement. Both nominator (and expert, if used) must sign the Statement.
  3. To submit hard-copy books (only if there is no electronic option), please email ric-internalgrants@unimelb.edu.au to arrange.

Supporting documents

Documents and links last updated 01/05/2020


Please direct queries to:

Kim Turner

Researcher Development Schemes