AAANZ is offering an opportunity for recently graduated PhD students to enter the AAANZ PhD Prize. The $1000 prize is supported by Taylor and Francis.

From 2022 the format of the annual PhD prize will change. This follows a review by the AAANZ Prize Committee that took into consideration feedback received from former and potential entrants, academics and former members of the judging panel.

The AAANZ PhD Prize for 2022 (and subsequent years) will be judged on the merits of the final submitted thesis or exegesis and documentation.

Please carefully read the submission and eligibility guidelines below.

Deadline: Friday 29 July 2022

Please use this form.

You will need to include:

  • Your name
  • Your completed PhD degree details
  • Thesis abstract (this should be the abstract included in your final thesis or exegesis. It should give a clear overview of the topic and convey the key themes)
  • Statement of significance of research and contribution to the field (Please refer to the Judging Criteria below. This statement should be distinct from your thesis abstract and be written to help the judges understand the unique contribution of your research and/or practice. This could include evidence of impact and engagement within your field and/or in the broader community.)
  • Examiner reports
  • CV (please consider foregrounding appointments, publications, talks and engagement directly related to your PhD)


The judging panel will shortlist three applicants.

Shortlisted applicants will be requested to submit digital versions of the full thesis or the exegesis and documentation of the final exhibition or practice element as relevant.

Abstracts will be featured on the AAANZ website and shared with our community of researchers.

The PhD Prize will be announced along with the AWAPAs in December 2022.

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of research contribution to the field of art history and/or visual culture
  • Potential for publication and/or wider impact
  • Conceptual originality of the project
  • Presentation and communication of the research in the thesis or exegesis
  • Rigour of research and methodology


Applicants must have been awarded their PhD in the 24 months before to the prize deadline of 29 July 2022 (ie between July 2020 and July 2022).

Your PhD topic must focus primarily on art history (including contemporary art and visual cultures), art curatorship, or, practice-based research in the visual arts.

Your PhD must have been awarded by an Australian or New Zealand-based institution.

You must be a AAANZ current member. You can register here.

For all enquiries please contact the AAANZ Business Manager


Editors note: Katrina Grant, editor of AHN, is part of the AAANZ PhD prize committee.