Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Supervision Excellence


Research training represents the cornerstone to RMIT’s research endeavour and this is highly dependent on the quality of research supervision provided. The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Supervision Excellence is made in recognition of an outstanding contribution to RMIT in both research and research training.

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 Awards for Excellence ceremony in November.

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


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 award.

In order to be eligible nominees must:

  • Be a research-active academic staff member who has had a substantive RMIT appointment, normally 0.4 FTE or above, for a minimum of 2 years as at the closing date for the awards OR
  • Be a current research-active academic staff member until the end of 2018 for those on fixed-term contracts.
  • Be a category 1 registered supervisor who is currently engaged in research supervision at RMIT.
  • Have a supervision record of at least 10 HDR completions.
  • Have an overall positive ratio of HDR completions to non-completions.

Previous recipients of a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Supervision Excellence are not eligible to apply.

Nomination and documentation

This award is open to all staff who meet the eligibility criteria. The nomination process includes nomination by an HDR candidate or staff member (with the nominee’s consent). Nominations and supporting statements must include the following:

  • a completed Nomination form addressing the selection criteria;
  • endorsement from the relevant Dean/Head of School;
  • a supporting statement referring to the selection criteria by the relevant HDR co-ordinator, or Deputy Dean/Head R&I if the nominee is an HDR Coordinator;
  • a supporting statement from a current or graduated HDR candidate;
  • the nominee’s current short CV.

Only complete nominations for eligible individuals will be considered.

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

Selection criteria

Excellence in supervision is established by a track record, relative to opportunity, of successful candidate outcomes and other evidence of engagement in high-quality supervisory practice and research training leadership.

In considering nominations, the Awards Panel will consider:

  • Successful examinations.
  • Timely HDR completions.
  • Any co-publication or other collaboration with candidates.
  • Evidence of supervised candidates having relevant research outputs/publications.
  • Positive post-graduation outcomes of candidates.
  • Demonstrated engagement in innovative research training practice.
  • Provision of mentoring to junior colleagues.
  • Evidence of the supervisor being involved in providing supervision/research training professional development to colleagues.
  • Other contributions made to the research training efforts of the academic unit.
  • Research outputs

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

Value of the award

The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Supervision Excellence will comprise:

  1. A cash prize of $10 000, 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 Vice-Chancellor
  3. A permanent record of the award on an appropriate webpage (Honour Board) of the University
  4. A Commemorative trophy