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.

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.


In order to be eligible nominees must:

  • hold a PhD or be deemed equivalent
  • be an academic staff member who has been employed at RMIT, normally at 0.4 FTE or above, for a minimum of two (2) years
  • be a registered supervisor who is both research active and currently engaged in research supervision at RMIT
  • have a supervision record of at least 5 HDR completions in the previous 5 years
  • 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

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

In considering supervisors’ 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.