RMIT Award for Innovative Research Supervision


The RMIT Award for Innovative Research Supervision is established to recognize HDR supervisors who have made a distinctive or innovative contribution to research training practice at RMIT.

Selection of award recipients is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation based on recommendations of the Awards Panel. The Award will be made annually and be presented at the RMIT Research Awards ceremony.


In order to be eligible nominees must:

  • be an academic staff member who has been employed by RMIT, normally at 0.4 FTE or above, for a minimum of two (2) years
  • be a category 1 registered supervisor
  • have an overall positive ratio of HDR completions to non-completions
  • not have received the same award in either of the preceding five years.

Nomination and documentation

This award is open to all staff who meet the eligibility criteria. The nomination process includes self-nomination, or nomination by an HDR candidate or staff member (with the nominee’s consent). Nominees should submit their nomination and provide supporting statements via this page and must include the following:

Only complete nominations from eligible individuals will be considered.

Nominations are collated by the School of Graduate Research for consideration by the Awards Panel. Following final approval by the Deputy Vice- Chancellor Research and Innovation, the award recipient and other nominees will be notified.

For further guidance on making a nomination, contact:

Selection criteria

Innovative supervision can be demonstrated by evidence of engagement in high quality research training practice which has demonstrably led to a transformative student experience.

In considering nominations, the Awards Panel will consider evidence that the supervisor is:

  • enhancing student learning through integrating students into peer and/or professionally based networks or communities of practice
  • enhancing student learning through forming supervisory teams that incorporate interdisciplinary or industry based representatives
  • enhancing research outcomes and impact through initiatives aimed at supporting dissemination of research outcomes through publications or other appropriate research outputs
  • supporting student engagement and learning by using other innovative practices.

Nominees should be aware that the Awards Panel will use information in ResearchMaster to validate research outputs provided in nominations. Please ensure that all reportable outputs information is submitted via online form which can be found here.

Value of the award

The RMIT Award for Innovative Research Supervision will comprise:

  1. A cash prize of $3000, paid into the research account of the awardee, to advance and support their research supervision practice, scholarship and research.
  2. A certificate signed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (R&I).
  3. A permanent record of the award on an appropriate webpage (Honour Board) of the University.
  4. Commemorative Trophy.