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North Terrace Campus
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005 Australia

Email: School of Humanities
Phone: +61 8 8313 4249
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Philosophy Prizes

Five prizes are awarded annually to acknowledge outstanding work by philosophy students.

The Charlie Martin Philosophy Prizes

Anne Martin has generously funded two prizes in memory of her father, Charlie Martin, a distinguished member of the Philosophy Department at the University of Adelaide between 1954 and 1966.

The following conditions apply to the first prize:

  • The prize shall be called “The C B Martin Prize for Level One Philosophy”.
  • The value of the prize shall be $1000, unless otherwise determined by the Faculty.
  • The prize shall be awarded each year to the beginning student who achieves the highest average mark in their two best level one philosophy courses. Only students who have completed at least two level one philosophy courses are eligible.
  • f two or more candidates are deemed to be of equal merit, the prize shall be divided equally between them.

The following conditions apply to the second prize:

  • The prize shall be called “The C B Martin Prize for a Philosophy Major”.
  • The value of the prize shall be $1000, unless otherwise determined by the Faculty.
  • The prize shall be awarded each year to the philosophy major who achieves the highest average mark in the philosophy courses they have completed.
  • If two or more candidates are deemed to be of equal merit, the prize shall be divided equally between them.

The William Mitchell Philosophy Prizes

The sum of $20,000 having been given to the University by Mrs. J R Thomson to honour the memory of her father, the late Professor Sir William Mitchell, Hughes Professor of English Language and Literature, and of Mental and Moral Philosophy (1894-1916), Vice-Chancellor (1916-1942), and Chancellor of the University (1942-1948), the following rules are hereby made:

  • There shall be a prize to be known as "The Professor Sir William Mitchell Prize for Honours Philosophy".
  • The prize shall be available for award annually.
  • The value of the prize shall be $1,800 unless otherwise determined.
  • The prize shall be awarded each year to the student in Honours Philosophy who obtains a first class Honours degree and is placed highest in order of merit.
  • If in any year the prize is not awarded, then two or more prizes may be awarded in subsequent years to two or more persons who obtain first-class Honours degrees and who are placed highest in order of merit.
  • If two or more candidates eligible for the prize are of equal merit, the prize or prizes shall be shared equally among them.
  • The prize shall be awarded by the Faculty on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Philosophy.

A second prize is hereby instituted as a means of further rewarding excellent scholarship among philosophy students:

  • The prize shall be called “The Professor Sir William Mitchell Essay Prize”.
  • The value of the prize shall be $300, unless otherwise determined by the Faculty.
  • The prize shall be awarded each year to the student who submits the best essay in any Advanced Level Philosophy course during the year.
  • If no one is deemed eligible for the prize, then no award shall be made.
  • It is intended that this prize will be awarded to the recipient of the Jefferis Memorial Medal.

The Jefferis Memorial Medal

Whereas the sum of one hundred dollars has been paid to the University for the purpose of providing a medal in honour of the Rev. James Jefferis, LL.D., who was closely associated with the University from its foundation till his death in 1918; it is hereby provided that:

  • There shall be a medal to be awarded annually, and called "The Jefferis Memorial Medal".
  • It shall be awarded for distinction in the study of Philosophy, and it shall not be awarded except for work of high merit.
  • Provided that in the opinion of the Head of Department of Philosophy the essay is of sufficient merit, the medal shall be awarded each year to the student who submits the best essay in any Advanced Level Philosophy course during the year.