Undergraduate / Honours Scholarships and Prizes

A variety of scholarships and prizes are available to students within the School of Communication and Arts. The values, requirements, and application procedures of these awards vary greatly, and students are urged to study the list carefully to determine those most appropriate to their plans and achievements. For postgraduate scholarships and prizes click here.

The Cole Lawson Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2009, and is awarded to an outstanding communication student enrolled in the Bachelor of Communication or associated duals. It has motivated our PR/communication students to strive for excellence in academic work and to pursue a career in public relations and communications.

Previous winners:

  • 2017: Laura Sinclair
  • 2016: Natalie Fortuna
  • 2015: Stephanie Brownlee
  • 2014: Natassja Bertram
  • 2013: Tara Roberson
  • 2012: Tania McPherson
  • 2011: Hannah Lucas
  • 2010: Rebecca Brown and Lily Howe

The Kingshott Cassidy Scholarship Award – The Kingshott Cassidy Poetry Scholarship Award was established in 2010 by a bequest from the estate of Dorothy Susan Cassidy who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1980 and a Master of Arts in 1986. Applications are invited from undergraduates who are currently enrolled in a UQ undergraduate program; have completed at least 2 units of poetry courses; can provide evidence of financial need; and have not previously been the recipient of the award. Applications are now closed.

Previous winners:

  • 2016: Nicholas Van Buuren
  • 2015: Torrey Atkin
  • 2014: Taylor-Jane Wilkshire
  • 2013: Reuben McGeever-Yeates
  • 2012: Jeremy Thompson
  • 2011: Zenobia Frost

UQ Winter/Summer Research Scholarship – This scholarship sees an outstanding student attached to a research project within the school.

The Steele Rudd Memorial Prize is awarded annually based on the school's recommendation to the student who has written the best essay in the course ENGL1100: Introduction to Australian Literature. $100 to be used for books is awarded.

Previous winners:

  • 2016: Matthew Miers
  • 2015: Isabel Prior
  • 2014: Jarred Turner
  • 2013: Tui Trezise
  • 2012: Danielle Merrett
  • 2011: Jessica Lydiard
  • 2010: Briony Lipton
  • 2009: Sarah Boothroyd

The Lizzie Heal-Warry Prize is awarded annually, based on the school's recommendation, to the female student who, not having already been awarded the prize, obtains the highest mark in a first-year literature course. A cheque to the value of approximately $120 to be used for books was first awarded in 2008.

Previous winners:

  • 2017: Hannah Woods
  • 2016: Recca Pheonix
  • 2015: Chelsea Lyall
  • 2014: Jemimah Thompson
  • 2013: Isabel Prior
  • 2012: Harriet O'Hare
  • 2011: Jessica Lydiard
  • 2010: Christabel Hough
  • 2009: Sarah Hegarty

The Ford Memorial Prize is awarded annually through application. The competition is open to undergraduate students who have not been twice awarded the prize. The best poem in English (published or unpublished) will be selected as the winner. The value of the prize varies each year and is designated as books.

Previous winners:

  • 2016: Nicholas van Buuren
  • 2015: Mimi Arent 
  • 2014: None awarded
  • 2013: Leith Reid
  • 2012: None awarded
  • 2011: Jeremy Thompson
  • 2010: Kirk Graham
  • 2009: Zenobia Frost

The Journalism Prize is awarded annually to an undergraduate student enrolled in the Bachelor of Journalism program with the highest GPA for 16 units listed under the heading 'Group 2' in the course list for the program.

Previous winners:

  • 2016: Kaikane Hayes
  • 2015: Aimee Hourigan and Jesse Thompson
  • 2014: Ashley Mackinnon

The Thomas Morrow Prize is awarded annually to an undergraduate student who writes the best essay on a topic from one of the following fields: Australian literature, Australian exploration and history, or scientific inquiry in Australia. In the years where the prize is to be awarded to a Communication and Arts Student (every third year), essays written as part of Australian literature courses are considered.  

Previous winners:

  • 2014: Onjawli Chakravarty and Rachel Harris
  • 2011: Sally Olds and Daniel Dixon
  • 2008: Alexandra Dellios
  • 2005: Brian Blackwell

The Brisbane School of Arts Prizes are awarded annually based on the school's recommendation. Prize 1 is awarded to the student who has obtained more than 16 units (and not more than 32 units) towards completion of a Bachelor of Arts by the end of the year of award, with at least 8 units in that year for advanced courses offered by the school with the greatest proficiency. Prize 2 is awarded to the student who has completed the requirement of the Bachelor of Arts pass degree and obtained at least a major (16 units) in courses offered by the school with the greatest proficiency.

Previous winners:

  • 2017: Imogene Bourke (1) and Damien Maher & Jarred Turner (2)
  • 2016: Chloe Mabb (1) and Geoffrey Hondroudakis (2)
  • 2015: Geoffrey Hondroudakis (1) and Danielle Merrett (2)
  • 2014: Bronte Anthony (1) and Georgina Sharouni (2)
  • 2013: Jacob Warren (1) and Jessica Lydiard (2) 
  • 2012: Ellen Cattach (1) and Katherine Valenta (2) 
  • 2011: Sally Olds (1) and Katherine Valenta (2) 
  • 2010: Jean Skeat (1) and Carolina Caliaba Crespo (2) 
  • 2009: Qian Rong Pua (1&2) 

The Valerie Joy Prize in Film and Television Studies is awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate student enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts or associated duals, who is majoring in Film and Television Studies.

Previous winners:

  • 2017: Sofia Mamonova
  • 2016: Rosaleen Shaw
  • 2015: Poppy Templeton
  • 2014: Danielle Merrett

The George Essex Evans Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 1972 by a bequest from the late Anne Basilea Valentina Evans in memory of her brother George Essex Evans. It assists an outstanding student to complete an honours program in English Literature or Drama. Applicants are expected to have shown outstanding ability in the field of Australian literature and culture, and should intend to continue in that field. Please email SCA_PGCoursework@uq.edu.au for further details.

Previous winners:

  • 2018: Torrey Atkin
  • 2017: Anna Madill
  • 2016: Sean Mitchell
  • 2015: Annabelle Hazell
  • 2014: Mengki Norman
  • 2013: Sally Olds
  • 2012: Briony Lipton
  • 2011: Carolina Caliaba Crespo
  • 2010: Jami Acworth

The Kate McNaughton of Roma Scholarships – Two scholarships are awarded annually to Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences students who complete a Bachelor of Arts degree and enrol in a Bachelor of Arts Honours program the following year. The school recommends recipients for these scholarshps to the faculty based on the record of each candidate throughout the program and the candidate's general suitability.


UQ Winter/Summer Research Scholarship – This scholarship sees an outstanding student attached to a research project within the school.

The Alrene Sykes Memorial Prize – This prize was established in 1991 as a memorial to the late Alrene Sykes, who was formerly a Senior Lecturer in English at The University of Queensland. The prize is awarded annually, based on the school's recommendation, to a student writing a thesis in Australian literature or drama and who has a background in Australian literature or drama in their BA. It is maintained by the income from a fund subscribed to by relatives, former colleagues, professional drama associates, students and other friends together with an annual donation of books from UQ Press.

Previous winners:

  • 2017: Karl Ricker
  • 2015: Rhumer Diball
  • 2014: Mengki Norman
  • 2013: Sally Olds
  • 2012: Claire Monsour
  • 2011:  Alice Richard
  • 2010: John Da Conceicao
  • 2009: Jill Carman

The Brisbane School of Arts Prizes are awarded annually based on the school's recommendation. Prize 3 is awarded to the student who completes the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) program with the greatest proficiency. The amount of each award is designated in books.

Previous winners:

  • 2017: Damien Maher (3)
  • 2016: Simon Brigden (3)
  • 2015: Dominic O'Donnell (3)
  • 2014: Ellen Cattach (3)
  • 2013: Jean Skeat (3)
  • 2012: Kristian Radford (3)
  • 2011: Melanie Piper (3)
  • 2010: Joanna Luke (3)
  • 2009: Jill Carman (3)

The Donald Tugby Prize in Art History is awarded annually to a first-class honours student, majoring in Art History in the year of the award and submitting a thesis on Asia Pacific Art (exclusing Australian art).

Previous winners:

  • 2017: Lou-Anne Clancy
  • 2016: Michaela Bear
  • 2015: Alice-Anne Psaltis
  • 2014: Rachel King
  • 2013: Rebecca Joyce
  • 2012: Harriet Hunt