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    The NIRAKN Management Committee invites nominations for the NIRAKN Undergraduate Essay Prize. Up to four NIRAKN Undergraduate Essay Prizes will be awarded this year to recognise the academic skill, talent and research of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university undergraduates. Papers may be self-nominated or nominated by any NIRAKN member.

    A prize committee comprised of NIRAKN Management Committee members will select the winning entry and award prizes at their discretion. Papers must be fully referenced, double-spaced, and may not exceed 4,000 words. Longer papers will not be considered.


    Prize winners receive $500 and an award. Details of winning entries will be promoted through the NIRAKN newsletter and on our website.

    Key criteria

    Research:  Well researched, well supported entries which comprehensively cover issues related to Indigenous Studies will be highly regarded by the judging panel.

    Originality:  Essays which go beyond summarising information to introduce critical analysis, original ideas or research will be highly regarded by the judging panel.

    Writing:  The entry should be well written. It should also be well-structured with a clear introduction, logical presentation of arguments and supporting evidence, and concise conclusion.

    Themes:  Research essays on all topics from all fields will be considered. Essays addressing themes and issues relevant to the work of NIRAKN will be highly regarded by the judging panel.


    Applicants must be Indigenous Australians enrolled in an undergraduate degree at an Australian university in the year of application. This includes final year honours students enrolled in an undergraduate degree. Essays must be sole authored by the applicant.

    To enter:

    Email your essay as a Word or .pdf file to nirakn@qut.edu.au, with ‘NIRAKN Undergraduate Essay Prize’ in the subject line. Covering emails MUST provide student’s name and contact information, details of current undergraduate enrolment (degree and institution), details of the course or subject for which the essay was written, and the title of the essay.

    All entries must be received by the due date of 28 April 2017 COB. Late entries cannot be considered.