Lyndall Ryan Thesis Prize

The International Australian Studies Association (InASA) is calling for applications for the biennial Lyndall Ryan Thesis Prize. This new award celebrates excellence in PhD research in the interdisciplinary field of Australian Studies. InASA is honoured to offer this $1,000 prize which Professor Ryan is generously sponsoring to support emerging scholars in Australian Studies.

Professor Emeritus Lyndall Ryan has had an illustrious career in Australian Studies and History. She has produced ground-breaking work exploring frontier violence and settler-Indigenous relations, especially in the nineteenth century. Among her prominent works are Tasmanian Aborigines: A History Since 1803 (2012) and the Colonial Frontier Massacres Map (

Eligibility requirements for the 2024 Lyndall Ryan Thesis Prize are as follows:

A panel of three judges will evaluate the applications based on the following selection criteria:

  • The excellence and originality of the PhD thesis
  • The contribution of the thesis to the interdisciplinary field of Australian Studies
  • The methodological and conceptual approach undertaken in the postgraduate thesis

The decision of the judges will be final. The winner will be announced at the 2024 InASA biennial conference. The winner may be invited as a judge for the next Lyndall Ryan Thesis Prize.

Application process:

  • Applicants must return the attached nomination form;
  • Applicants must provide a one-page statement which outlines the contribution the PhD thesis makes to knowledge and to the interdisciplinary field of Australian Studies
  • Please also attach a copy of all examiners’ reports

Applicants should email a digital copy of their PhD thesis and the required attachments to the chair of the judging panel, Dr Jon Piccini (, by 5pm AEST, 30 June 2024. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.


Nomination Form for Lyndall Ryan Thesis Prize

1. Name:  

2. Institution:  

3. Address:  

4. Year of award of PhD degree:  

5. Title of thesis:  

6. Nature of its contribution to the knowledge and understanding of the interdisciplinary field of Australian Studies (1 page maximum):


☐    All examiners’ reports for this thesis are attached.

☐    I confirm the originality of this work.

☐    A digital copy of the thesis is provided.

☐    I confirm that I meet the eligibility requirements of the InASA Thesis Award.