PhD Award

The AWGSA PhD Award was established to promote and advance feminist scholarship in Australia by recognising emerging research in the fields of Women’s and Gender Studies and related disciplines.  The award is made to the most outstanding doctoral thesis completed at an Australian university that clearly and extensively engages with feminist paradigms.  The inaugural award was made in 2010, and the prize is awarded every 2 years.

The PhD Award will occur at the AWGSA  Conference in Adelaide in July 2021. Given the change in dates, theses completed in 2018, 2019, and up to 30 June 2020 will be eligible. Criteria and Application Form can be found here.

Nominations for the 2020 Award closed on 1 November 2020. 


2018 AWGSA PhD Award


Isobelle Barrett-Meyering (Macquarie)

J. R. Latham (Deakin/University of Melbourne)


2016 AWGSA PhD Award

Winner Juliet Watson (RMIT)


Dr Juliet Watson receiving her 2016 AWGSA PhD Award from AWGSA president, JaneMaree Maher,

Details of Juliet Watson’s PhD thesis can be found here.

2014 AWGSA PhD Award 

Winner: Erica Millar, University of Melbourne
Highly Commended: Kylie Weston-Scheuber (ANU), Catherine Bishop (ANU)

AWGSA PhD Award Judges’ Citations 2014


2012 AWGSA PhD Award

AWGSA PhD Award Judges’ Citations 2012


2012 AWGSA PhD Award. Winner: Anitra Goriss-Hunter (right), Highly Commended: Amy Dobson (centre)


2010 Inaugural AWGSA Phd Award

AWGSA PhD Award Judges’ Citations 2010