Grants, Medals & Awards

The IAG recognises achievements by geographers with grants, medals, and awards. These are itemised below.

Nominations for medals and awards should be sent to the Honorary Secretary, Jennifer Carter, at

For further enquiries about these awards, please contact either the IAG President, Beverley Clarke at or the Secretary, Jennifer Carter at


Travel grants for postgraduates

The IAG supports active participation from postgraduate members and thus provides travel grants to assist eligible such members to attend the annual IAG conference.


Griffith Taylor Medal

Named in honour of Thomas Griffith Taylor (1880–1963), the first Professor of Geography in an Australian University, founding president of the Geographical Society of New South Wales and joint editor of the Australian Geographer (1927), and first president of the Institute of Australian Geographers (1959).

The Griffith Taylor Medal is awarded for distinguished contributions to geography in Australia.

Australia-International Medal

The Australia-International Medal is awarded in recognition either of outstanding contributions by Australian or Australia-based geographers to the advancement of geography worldwide, or of outstanding contributions to the understanding of the geography of Australia by geographers permanently residing outside Australia.


Awards: Fellowship FIAG

This fellowship recognises sustained and significant contributions made to the discipline by IAG members in diverse fields. It acknowledges contributions to the discipline made by practitioner and professional geographers, as well as academic members of the Institute.

Awards: The IAG PLACE

Acknowledges excellence in contributions to the discipline made by early career members of the Institute.


Awards: The IAG ‘ATLAS’

Recognises excellence in contributions via outstanding leadership and/or scholarship in teaching, including communication of geography, and/or engagement in the discipline made formally or informally by members of the Institute or non-members.


Awards: The IAG Award for Dissertation Excellence

Awarded for excellence in a research dissertation, at Honours, Master’s, or PhD level, and acknowledges the disciplinary contribution that the candidate has made to geography.


Awards: The William Jonas Award

Recognises excellence in significant contributions made to Indigenous geographies; and/or excellence in significant contributions made to the discipline of geography by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander geographers.


Awards: Honorary Life Membership

Recognises those who have given distinguished service to the Institute or to furthering the Institute’s objectives.