Awards: Distinguished Fellowship & Fellowship

Distinguished Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers

The Distinguished Fellowship is awarded for distinguished service to Australian geography through furthering the aims of the Institute.

Nominations for this award will next be called in 2019.

Award Rules

  • A full statement (no more than 1000 words) must be made describing the nominee’s suitability for the award. This statement is to be accompanied by the signatures of two proposing financial members and seconded by a further two financial members. Awards will be made by a majority of Council after receiving advice from the President.
  • Nominations for awards are strictly confidential and must not be made known to the nominee.
  • No member shall be informed of their nomination until formally invited by the Institute’s President to accept the award.
  • Until 2007 this award was called a Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers, only one of which could be awarded each year.
Recipients of the former Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers
  • Professor Murray McCaskill 1989 (citation)
  • Professor Bruce Thom 1992 (citation)
  • Professor John Holmes 1997 (citation)
  • Associate Professor Arthur Conacher 1998 (citation)
  • Mr Laurie Olive 1999
  • Dr Morgan Sant 2001
  • Associate Professor Richard Howitt 2004

Recipients of the Distinguished Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers

Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers (FIAG)

The Fellowship is awarded for sustained service to the geography profession in Australia.

Nominations for this award will next be called in 2019.

Award Rules

Applications will be invited in February and July each year. The award of Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers will be made by Council.

Applicants for the award of Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers must have at least ten years membership of the Institute, and must be a current member of the Institute.

Applications should comprise a statement (of no more than 1000 words), accompanied by no more than five pages of a curriculum vitae. In these documents applicants must provide evidence to Council of their contributions to the geography profession with respect to at least one of the following:

a. Meritorious professional employment and/or service as a Geographer

At least ten years employment and/or service following the award of a relevant degree, of which at least five years have involved a position of major responsibility in any aspect of geography (including in industry, government, consultancy, education or community organisation).

b. Significant advances in Geography

At least ten years employment and/or service following the award of a relevant degree, of which at least five have involved research activities that have contributed significantly to Australian geographical knowledge or policy development.

c. Significant contribution to development of Geography

At least ten years employment and/or service following the award of a relevant degree with substantial service to Geography of at least five years at a senior level in a representative and/or administrative role, including for the Institute or for government, industry, academic bodies or professional organisations relevant to Geography or where sustained contribution to the professional development of Geographers can be shown.

Fellows pay the same membership fee as Members, and are entitled to use the postnominal, FIAG. Awards will be made by a majority of Council after receiving advice from the President and two Vice-Presidents.

Recipients of the Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers

  • Professor Iain Hay 2008
  • Associate Professor Tony Sorenson 2008
  • Professor Kay Anderson 2009
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Patrick Armstrong 2009
  • Mr Terry Birtles 2009
  • Professor Bill Boyd 2009
  • Professor Robert Freestone 2009
  • Professor Roy Jones 2009
  • Professor Brian G. Lees 2009
  • Professor Richard Le Heron 2009
  • Emeritus Associate Professor Bob Loughran 2009
  • Professor Pauline McGuirk 2009
  • Professor Phil O’Neill 2009
  • Associate Professor Elaine Stratford 2009
  • Emeritus Professor Murray Wilson 2009
  • Professor Hilary P.M. Winchester 2009
  • Dr Robert Burne 2010
  • Dr Jocelyn Davies 2010
  • Dr Ruth Farmer 2010
  • Ms Julie Kesby 2010
  • Emeritus Professor Bruce Ryan 2010
  • Dr Robin F Warner 2010
  • Associate Professor Neil Argent 2012
  • Dr Hugo Bekle 2012
  • Associate Professor Robyn Dowling 2012
  • Associate Professor Deirdre Dragovich 2012
  • Associate Professor Jim Forrest 2012
  • Professor Chris Gibson 2012
  • Dr Scott Mooney 2012
  • Professor Jim Walmsley 2012
  • Dr Ashley Webb 2012
  • Mr Graham Pascoe 2014
  • Dr Amanda Davies 2017 (citation)
  • Professor Tim Smith 2019 (citation)