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Prizes and awards

Celebrating achievement
Each year we reward high academic achievers as well as skilled writers with prizes and awards for their accomplishments or for high quality submitted work.

Most prizes are awarded annually for academic achievement in particular units or programs of study. Applications are not required as students are nominated by the relevant faculty according to mid-year and final-year academic results. 

For example, there are approximately 600 prizes awarded annually (at a value of $1000 each) as part of the University of Sydney Academic Merit Prize. These awards were established in 2007 to recognise exemplary undergraduate students. The awards aim to both acknowledge and promote student academic excellence. If you win a University of Sydney Academic Merit Prize you will receive $1000 and your achievement will be recorded on your transcript.

Literary prizes do require an application as well as the submission of written work.

What happens if I win a prize?

Prize winners are notified via email (current students will be contacted at their University email address).

To receive payment you must ensure your bank details are up-to-date in the myFinance tab in Sydney Student. If your most recent bank details are correct in Sydney Student, you do not need to do anything further. However, if you need to update your bank details and cannot log into Sydney Student, please complete the Supplier Details Request Form (pdf, 62KB) and email it to

Instructions for completing the Supplier Details Request Form:

  • Tick Add New Supplier
  • Enter your name in Supplier Name
  • Do not tick ABN or No ABN
  • Complete all of the Supplier Contact Details section
  • Complete all of the Bank Details section
  • Include your name and sign at the bottom of the form
  • Provide a copy of a bank statement or bank letter verifying your bank account details