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 at the Engaging for Impact 2019 event (18-20 February 2019).


Nominations are restricted to one category per nominee, however the Research Awards Panel has the discretion to consider any eligible nominations for more than one category of prize.

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 process

This prize is open to any completed candidate who meets the eligibility criteria. Nomination is by a peer or staff member (with the nominee’s consent). Nominees will be required to submit their nomination and provide supporting statements that will include the following:

  • a completed Nomination form addressing the above selection criteria
  • endorsement from the relevant Dean/Head of School
  • a supporting statement which addresses the selection criteria prepared by one of the candidate’s supervisors
  • a supporting statement which addresses the selection criteria prepared by the relevant HDR coordinator
  • the candidate’s CV

Only complete nominations from eligible individuals will be considered.

To express interest in this prize and request a nomination form please email: and include the name of the prize in the subject header.

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 Design, Enterprise, and Technology. 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 in all disciplines and/or
  • Impacts 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 across all disciplines which involves industry engagement (industry includes government, businesses, community organisations, NGOs etc)
  • A contribution to productivity, efficiency or well-being (including policy contributions)

Examples of successful nominations in these categories can be viewed at the RMIT Research Awards Previous Recipients web page.

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);
  • 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.

Candidates with non-traditional research outputs should ensure that their outputs are clearly listed and the research significance of them is explained in their CV. These outputs will be considered on provision of supporting evidence from the nominee, and a statement from the school HDR Coordinator or equivalent attesting the output’s significance and the peer review status of the outlet/venue.

Value of the prize

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