The Sydney Prize and the Sidney Hook Memorial Awards

As our world becomes more hectic, the Sydney Prize stands as a beacon of long-form writing that challenges us to reflect deeply and question conventional wisdom. Established by New York Times columnist David Brooks since 2004, these awards celebrate writers who take risks and dig deep for their readers – like Helen Andrews’ essay “Shame Storm”, which made waves online and at talk shows alike and was even shared virally!

Sidney Hook Memorial Award honors national distinction by one scholar for scholarship, undergraduate teaching, and leadership in liberal arts education. This award will be bestowed at each Triennial Council Meeting; nominations are publicly sought a year and a half beforehand through Key Reporter, general newsletters, and social media.

Since 2024, Overland Magazine’s founders have donated $30,000 for this award and its recipients each receive $15,000 as runners up. It is given in memory of an activist writer and writer who helped shape our editorial direction and vision over many years – who helped lead to Overland becoming an iconic publication today.

In 2024, the Sidney Hillman Foundation will expand to Canada with their award for investigative reporting that serves the common good, joining their existing prize given in the US since 1950. This new prize will join their longstanding US Hillman Prize which honors and encourages such reporting efforts in support of public good.

This award honors a Phi Beta Kappa member who distinguished themselves as an author and champion for academic freedom, providing inspiration to fellow Phi Beta Kappa members as well as wider academic communities and teachers.

The Iwanter Prize is given annually to a senior in the College of Letters & Science who, through their senior thesis and overall academic distinction, has demonstrated excellence in humanities-based scholarship of an interdisciplinary nature. This award is made possible thanks to a gift from Sidney Iwanter’s family – an alumnus dedicated to academic integrity – who passed away during that year.

Established in 1987, this award recognizes students who demonstrate excellence in research and writing about an Irish or Irish-Australian topic. The faculty of Celtic Studies and History selects its recipient.

The MAK Halliday Postgraduate Research Prize at the University of Sydney acknowledges postgraduate research students for outstanding conference presentations or publications made within the Department of Linguistics at Sydney. It is named in honour of Professor Maxwell E. Arthur who held a Chair in Linguistics between 1975 and 1987 before retiring later that same year. It is open to both Masters by Research and PhD degrees enrolled with Linguistics; its judging panel comprises staff members within this department as well as an Executive Dean from across all Colleges within Linguistics at Sydney.

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