The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) established the Stanner Award in 1985 in recognition of the significant contribution of the late Emer. Professor W.E.H. (Bill) Stanner to the establishment and development of the Institute.
The Stanner Award comprises a certificate and a prize of $1,000 to the author of the successful publication.
One award may be given each year for the best published contribution to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Studies that is considered by Council to be a significant work of scholarship in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Studies and which reflects the dynamic nature of Professor Stanner’s life and work.
2008 - Professor Paul Memmott, Gunyah, Goondie & Wurley: the Aboriginal Architecture of Australia
2007- Quentin Beresford, Rob Riley: an Aboriginal Leader's Quest for Justice
2006 - Allan Marett, Songs, Dreamings and Ghosts: the Wangga of North Australia
2005 - Roslyn Poignant, Professional Savages: Captive Lives and Western Spectacle
2004 - Steve Kinnane, Shadow Lines
2003 - Ann Curthoys, Freedom Ride: A Freedom Rider Remembers
2002 - Heather McDonald, Blood, Bones and Spirit: Aboriginal Christianity in an East Kimberley Town
2001 Anna Haebich, Broken Circles: Fragmenting Indigenous Families 1800 – 2000
1999 - R.M.W. Dixon. & Grace Koch, Dyirbal Song Poetry: the oral literature of an Australian rainforest people
1999 - Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission (Ronald Wilson), Bringing Them Home: Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families
1996 Ian Keen, Knowledge and Secrecy in an Aboriginal Religion: Yolngu of north-east Arnhem Land
1996 - Andrew Sayers, Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century
1996 - Rita Huggins & Jackie Huggins, Auntie Rita
1994 - Ronald M. Berndt and Catherine H. Berndt, with John Stanton, A World that was: The Yaraldi of the Murray River and the Lakes, South Australia
1994 - Deborah Bird Rose, Dingo makes us human: life and land in an Aboriginal Australian culture
1992 - Mudrooroo Narogin, Writing from the Fringe: a study of modern Aboriginal literature
1992 - Howard Morphy, Ancestral Connections, Art and an Aboriginal System of Knowledge