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The Fellowship is funded by the Religious Advancement Foundation Trust and is intended to consider the role and significance of religion in society and culture.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2017

winner Elisabeth Holdsworth For an essay exploring 'the nature of progressive Judaism as practised in Australia, Israel, and the United States'.
winner 'If This Is a Jew' Elisabeth Holdsworth , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 396 2017; (p. 49-57)

'For most of my life I have thought of myself as a secular Jew; fascinated by the turbulent history of the Jews, not part of synagogue life. All that changed in 2012. We were living in Goulburn, New South Wales, at the time. My husband was on the point of retirement and we were about to move back to Victoria. During winter, influenza and then pneumonia raged through the town; some people died. Despite being vaccinated, I too succumbed. One morning, I was convinced that someone had placed a ton of concrete on my chest. Something had. My next memory is of waking during the night in hospital in an isolation room, hooked up to tubes and monitors. A man was sleeping in an armchair next to the bed. I recognised him as the doctor who had admitted me, hours, days, years ago. I learnt later that he had been there most of that night pumping antibiotics into me.' (Introduction)

Year: 2016

inaugural winner Alan Atkinson for 'How Do We Live With Ourselves?'

Works About this Award

Advances 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 379 2016; (p. 1-2, 11)