Woodward Medals

Critical Dates

Tuesday 1 May 2018
9.00am (AEST)

Applications open

Monday 18 June 2018
11.59pm (AEST)

Applications close

Friday 31 August 2018

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.

In 2018, awardees of each medal will receive a cash award of $10,000.


  1. Candidates must be members of staff at The University of Melbourne.
  2. For 2018 applicants, nominated works must have been published between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2017.
  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. Members of staff may self-nominate or be nominated by an independent colleague. Where applicants are self-nominated, a statement from their Head of Department or senior University colleague about the nature of the work is desirable.
  7. Where the nominated publication is a multi-authored work, the candidate must explicitly clarify their individual contribution (see Part B5 of the application form).

How to apply

  1. Complete the nomination form

  2. Submit the nomination form to RIC

    Submit the nomination form, supporting documentation and electronic copies (where applicable) of publications to RIC via email with the subject heading '2018 WOODWARD MEDAL NOMINATION - Candidate Name' by the due date.

  3. Send hard-copy books to RIC

    If applicable, send any nominated hard-copy books to:

    Emily Kersing
    Research, Innovation and Commercialisation
    Level 4, 161 Barry Street (Alan Gilbert Building)
    Carlton, VIC 3010

    Please note that any unrequested hard-copy materials (i.e. any material that is not a nominated book) that are submitted to RIC will not be assessed by the Committee and will be returned to the candidate.

Supporting documents

*2018 Nomination Form will be available on 1 May 2018

2017 Nomination Form

Previous Woodward Medallists


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