ANZSOC Awards

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Inc confers a number of prizes and awards:

General award application procedures can be viewed here.

Distinguished Criminologist Award

The ANZSOC Distinguished Criminologist Award is presented each year to an individual who, in the opinion of the judges, has demonstrated outstanding, significant and sustained contribution to Australian or New Zealand criminology in one or more of the following areas: teaching and scholarship, advancing international appreciation of criminology through research and publications, or involvement in criminology in public life. The award is thus made in recognition of the lifetime contribution to criminology of the recipient. Up to two individual awards can be presented each year.

In February each year, a panel comprising of the current President, immediate Past-President of ANZSOC and the two Vice-Presidents shall compile a short-list of suitable candidates for receipt of the Award. The names of these individuals and brief statements of the grounds for their selection shall be circulated amongst the Committee of Management, in confidence, for consideration and decision by the end of March. The Award will be decided by a majority decision of the Committee of Management with the President having an additional deciding vote in the event of an equal vote by the Committee. The decision of the Committee, at its April/May meeting, shall not be announced publicly until the Award is presented at the annual conference, although the winner(s) shall be notified, in confidence, once the decision has been made. The names of all unsuccessful candidates shall remain confidential. Current ANZSOC Officers and Committee members are ineligible to receive the Award during the term of their office, although past Officers and Committee members may be considered.

The winner(s) of the Award will be presented with a plaque at the dinner of the Society's annual conference or otherwise as arranged at the convenience of the recipient(s). Each distinguished criminologist will also be awarded the honorary title Fellow of ANZSOC in accordance with the rules of the association.

Appropriate financial arrangements that will facilitate the recipient’s attendance (and the attendance of one guest, where requested) at the conference and the dinner, where the presentation of the award will take place, will be at the discretion of the President.

Candidates for receipt of the Award are not required to make any application.

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New Scholar Prize

The New Scholar Prize is awarded each year for the best publication in criminology (or a related area) written by a member of the Society who qualifies as an early career researcher. All candidates for the New Scholar Prize must be within five years of their appointment to their first full-time or fractional academic or other research-related position. Sole or multi-authored publications may be submitted for the New Scholar Prize but only one Prize will be given to be shared amongst all authors. Previous winners of this Prize are eligible to apply in subsequent years. Applicants must be members of the Society at the time the application is made. Judges of the Prize are not eligible for the Prize. Candidates for the New Scholar Prize may nominate themselves, but may only submit one application in any given year.

Publications must have been published (appeared in print or electronically for online publications or ahead of print) between 1 November of the penultimate year and December 31 of the ultimate year. All relevant journals must be refereed. Criteria to be taken into account in judging are: the relevance of the subject-matter; the quality of the article, and the article’s contribution to scholarship. The winning article for the New Scholar Prize will be acknowledged with a plaque presented at the Annual Conference, and AUD1,350 in total will be provided to go towards travel, accommodation and/or registration to attend the relevant Annual Conference (to be shared amongst all authors if more than one). The closing date for applications is 8 April of the current year. 

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Student Paper Prize

Closing date extended to 22 April

The Student Paper Prize is awarded each year for the best paper in criminology (or a related area) written by a person who was a student (undergraduate, honours, or masters by coursework candidate) at the time the paper was written. Papers submitted for the Student Paper Prize are to be written by the applicant as sole author and must be under 8,000 words (including references), and applicants may only submit one Student Paper Prize application in any given year. Applicants must be a member of the Society at the time the application is made. Candidates for the Student Paper Prize must be supported by an academic referee, who shall write no more than 100 words in support of the application.

Papers must have been submitted for examination between 1 November of the penultimate year and December 31 of the ultimate year, and as part of an undergraduate, honours or masters coursework program. Honours and Masters research theses are ineligible. The winner of the Student Paper Prize will be presented with a plaque at the Society's Annual Conference and will be granted free registration (excluding the conference dinner) and a further AUD750 to go towards travel and accommodation to attend that Annual Conference. The closing date for applications is 8 April of the current year.

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The Allen Austin Bartholomew Award, supported by Sage Publications

An Award for the best article published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology is awarded every year. The Award will be made in respect of articles published in the print edition of the Journal in the previous year. The winner of the Allen Austin Bartholomew Award will be presented with a plaque at the Society's Annual Conference and will be granted AUD1,350 to go towards travel, accommodation and/or registration to attend the Annual Conference, shared equally between all winners if more than one by agreement between them. In addition, the winner is entitled to receive £100 worth of Sage books, shared equally between them if more than one. It is not necessary for candidates for the Allen Austin Bartholomew Award to make an application, nor do they need to be members of the Society. The judging panel is made up of the President of the Society, the New Zealand Vice-President (or vice versa if the President is a New Zealander), the editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology (or nominee) and the winner of the previous year’s award (or one of them by agreement if more than one winner).

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Adam Sutton Crime Prevention Award

The Adam Sutton Crime Prevention Award is presented each year to an author who, in the opinion of the judges, has written the best publication or report in the area of crime prevention. The award can also be presented to two or more co-authors. Submissions will be judged according to the extent to which they demonstrate pragmatic and workable solutions to Australasian crime problems, that reflect the values of a tolerant and inclusive society, and which are founded in theory and research on crime prevention.

Publications or reports:

  • in the event of an individual nomination, must have been written by the candidate as sole or first-named author or as editor of a publication or report compiled by a number of people who has made a substantial and direct contribution to the publication or report, or
  • in the event of a multi-authored nomination, can be submitted by any of the authors on behalf of their co-authors and with the consent of the co-authors.

Publications may be academic publications, or reports submitted to government agencies, non-governmental bodies or community groups. Any candidate for this Award may choose to submit a portfolio, namely more than one report or publication, so long as each was published within the relevant time-frame.

Publications or reports must have been published / finalised between 1 November of the penultimate year and 31 December of the ultimate year. Judges of the Award are not eligible to apply.

Candidates should accompany their submission with a statement that, in no more than 250 words, indicates how their publication or report:

  1. demonstrates pragmatic and workable solutions to Australasian crime problems;
  2. reflects the values of a tolerant and inclusive society; and
  3. is founded in theory and research on crime prevention.

Previous winners of the Award are eligible to apply in subsequent years. Candidates for the Award may nominate themselves, but may only submit one application in any given year.

The winner of the Award will be presented with a plaque at the Society's Annual Conference. The winner(s) of this Award will be presented with a plaque at the Society's Annual Conference and will be granted AUD1,350 to go towards travel, accommodation and / or registration to attend the Annual Conference, shared equally between all winners if more than one by agreement between them. In addition, winners who are not currently members of the Society will be entitled to one year's free full, student or international membership of the Society (as appropriate). The closing date for applications is 8 April of the current year.

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The Allan van Zyl Memorial Prize

An amount of AUD1,350* is available to the winner of this prize to defray costs associated with travel to, and registration for, the ANZSOC annual conference.

An eligible applicant will be a resident of the Northern Territory who is currently an enrolled student of criminology or criminal justice or a related discipline, or any person employed by Northern Territory Police, Department of Correctional Services Northern Territory, or a Northern Territory justice department or Non-Government Organisation (NGO) that works in a criminological field more generally.

Applicants are required to email to the Secretary of ANZSOC at secretary@anzsoc.org a one page CV with an accompanying email of no more than 250 words explaining how they could add to, and benefit from, the annual conference.

The closing date for applications is 8 April of the current year.

The panel of judges for this prize will be the ANZSOC President, the two Vice Presidents, and Teresa Cunningham.

*A proportion of this prize is made available by agreement with the estate of Allan van Zyl.

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New Zealand Student Award for Best Abstract

In order to assist postgraduate criminology students resident in New Zealand to attend the Annual Conference of ANZSOC, the Society provides an ANZSOC New Zealand Student Award for Best Abstract. Candidates for the Award should be residents of New Zealand at the time their abstract is submitted, and must be currently studying criminology at postgraduate level at a New Zealand university. Indigenous students are particularly encouraged to apply. This Award is for abstracts submitted to the annual ANZSOC conference, not the separate Post-Graduate Conference that is run in conjunction with the main conference.

Conference registration fees (excluding the conference dinner) will be waived for the recipient of the Award, and up to AUD750.00 is available to cover travel and accommodation costs, on condition that the recipient attends and presents their paper at the conference, and upon production of receipts.

An application for this award is not required. All that is required is that the student submit an abstract in accordance with the requirements of the conference call for papers. The decision will be made by the Conference Committee. The successful recipient of the Award will be notified at the same time that the authors of successful Abstracts are notified.

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Australian Student Award for Best Abstract

In order to assist postgraduate criminology students resident in Australia to attend the annual conference of ANZSOC, the Society provides an ANZSOC Australian Student Award for Best Abstract. Candidates for the Award should be residents of Australia at the time their abstract is submitted, and must be currently studying criminology at postgraduate level at an Australian university. Indigenous students are particularly encouraged to apply. This Award is for abstracts submitted to the annual ANZSOC conference, not the separate Post-Graduate Conference that is run in conjunction with the main conference.

Conference registration fees (excluding the conference dinner) will be waived for the recipient of the Award, and up to AUD750 is available to cover travel and accommodation costs, on condition that the recipient attends and presents their paper at the conference, and upon production of receipts.

An application for this award is not required. All that is required is that the student submit an abstract in accordance with the requirements of the conference call for papers. The decision will be made by the Conference Committee. The successful recipient of the Award will be notified at the same time that the authors of successful Abstracts are notified.

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Christine M Alder Book Prize

The Christine M Alder Book Prize is awarded biennially for an outstanding monograph or book which, in the opinion of the judges, has made a valuable and outstanding contribution to criminology. The Prize is awarded in honour of Dr Alder who has made a leading contribution to the development of Australian and New Zealand criminology through her pioneering research on gender, crime and justice, drawing international recognition to Australian criminological research in the 1980s and 1990s, her collaboration with practitioners in criminal justice reform and through her work in mentoring future generations of criminologists. Sole or multi-authored monographs or books may be nominated for the Christine M Alder Book Prize but only one prize will be given every two years to be shared amongst all authors. Recipients must be residents of either Australia or New Zealand and be financial members of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology at the time the Prize is awarded. Nominated monographs or books must have been published by a commercial publisher in the preceding two years prior to January 1 of the current year.

Nominations for the Prize must be sent to the ANZSOC Secretary by 8 April of the relevant (odd-numbered) year, and enclose three hard copies of the monograph or book which, on completion of judging, will be retained by the Judges of the Prize. Three judges for the Prize will be chosen by the President of ANZSOC and are ineligible for the Prize in the year of their appointment. Previous winners of the Prize are eligible to be nominated in subsequent years. Nominations for the Prize must be endorsed by two financial members of the Society and authors may only be nominated in respect of one monograph or book in any given year. Current ANZSOC Officers and Committee members are ineligible to receive the Prize during the term of their office, although past Officers and Committee members may be considered.

The winning monograph or book will be acknowledged with a plaque presented at the Society's Annual Conference. The winner will be presented with a plaque at the Society's Annual Conference and will be granted AUD1,350 to go towards travel, accommodation and / or registration to attend the next Annual Conference, shared equally between all winners if more than one by agreement between them.

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Award application procedure

Closing date: 8 April

Applications for all awards, other than the Allen Austin Bartholomew Award, the ANZSOC Distinguished Criminologist Award, the New Zealand and Australian Student Awards for Best Abstract and the Christine M Alder Book Prize, are due by COB 8 April of each year.

Applications or Nominations for these prizes and awards should be made in writing, accompanied by documentation supporting all aspects of eligibility for the award in question.

Applications should be submitted by email to:

The Secretary, ANZSOC
secretary@anzsoc.org

Accompanying books for the Christine M Alder Book Award should be sent to:

The Secretary, ANZSOC
c/- Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 1936
Canberra ACT 2601
Australia