RMIT Award for Excellence - Graduate Research Leadership


The RMIT Award for Graduate Research Leadership has been established in 2017 to recognize an HDR coordinator or supervisor who demonstrates inspirational and effective local graduate research leadership at school, faculty or other academic unit level.  

Selection of the award recipient 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.

The recipient of this award is nominated by RMIT for the Australian Council of Graduate Research Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Leadership the following year.


In order to be eligible nominees must:

  • be an academic staff member or adjunct appointment who has been an HDR supervisor with a continuing or contract position at RMIT, for no less than 0.4 EFT for a minimum of two years at the time of nomination. (In the case of a team nomination the majority of the members of the team must meet this condition.)
  • be a category 1 registered supervisor
  • not have received the same award in either of the preceding two 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 a peer 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

Excellence in graduate research leadership can be demonstrated by evidence of engagement in high quality graduate research practice.

In considering nominations, the Awards Panel will consider evidence of:

  • initiatives that have enabled a strong and supportive intellectual community for HDR candidates within their academic unit,
  • contribution to the development and maintenance of high quality and innovative HDR and/or skill development programs,
  • effective support and mentoring for HDR supervisors,
  • contributions to the development and strengthening of institutional and local HDR strategy and policy, and  
  • supporting statements from relevant stakeholders.

Value of the award

The RMIT Award for Excellence – Graduate Research Leadership 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