RMIT Prize for Research Excellence - HDR (in the categories of Technology, Design, or Enterprise)


The RMIT Prizes for Research Excellence – HDR (Higher Degree by Research) recognises an outstanding HDR candidate who has achieved the highest levels of excellence in research during the completion of their degree in each category of Technology, Design or Enterprise.

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


In order to be eligible nominees must:

  • Be individuals who have completed their RMIT HDR degree any time between the beginning of the preceding calendar year and the time of nomination in the award year.
  • Have completed their degree in a timely manner within the maximum expected duration of 4 years (PhD) or 2 years (Masters) EFTSL.
  • Have had their thesis/project classified as C1 – Passed or C2 – passed subject to minor, specific amendments.

Nomination and documentation

This prize is open to any completed candidate who meets 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 prize recipient and other nominees will be notified.

For further guidance on making a nomination, contact:

Selection criteria

In considering nominations, the Awards Panel will consider the relevance and quality of the thesis/project in relation to the category of award being applied for.

The three categories are Technology, Design, and Enterprise. The nominee must identify the defining feature of their research and provide evidence to relate it to one of these categories.

Category guidance

Research in the Technology category can relate to:

  • Creation of technology and/or
  • Development/improvement of technology and/or
  • Innovative use of technology

Research in the Design category can relate to research producing:

  • A product or creative work and/or
  • A framework or structure and/or
  • A process

Research in the Enterprise category can relate to:

  • Research which involves industry engagement and/or
  • A contribution to productivity, efficiency or well-being

The following criteria will also be taken into account:

  • high quality research outputs, citations, commercialisation, patents, and public recognition.
  • fellowships or relevant employment obtained following completion;
  • Other competitive achievements (e.g. other prizes received during candidature);
  • evidence of external engagement (industry, professional bodies etc).
  • contributions made to the research community of the candidate’s academic unit.
  • the timeliness of completion of the degree.
  • any significant remarks from the examiners’ reports on the thesis/project , including whether the research was indicated as being ‘outstanding work’ on one or more examiners’ report forms.

Research Outputs

Any research outputs submitted in support of a nomination for a candidate prize must have been produced during the period of candidature at RMIT.

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 research output information is submitted via online form which can be found here.

Value of the award

The RMIT Prize for Research Excellence – HDR will comprise:

  1. A cash award of $1500, paid to each awardee
  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.