Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Research Excellence Prize


The Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Research Excellence Prize recognises the most successful Doctoral candidate from the preceding year who has achieved the highest levels of excellence in research during the completion of their degree. This will be evidenced by dissemination of their research outcomes in high quality outlets, patents, citations, research output relative to opportunity and other supporting documentation such as external recognition of thesis, creative works, exhibitions etc.

Research Master data is used to generate a short list for each award category based on the previous five (5) years research output. To be eligible for this prize, doctoral students must have been with RMIT for two (2) years minimum. Nominations will only be considered in fields where Research Master is not appropriate to determine excellence; fields such as creative arts for example.

Selection of prize recipients is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor R&I based on recommendations of an Award Committee with membership drawn from the College Pro Vice-Chancellors (R&I), Institute Directors and Dean, School of Graduate Research.

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  1. Open to all RMIT PhD graduates who completed their degrees in the previous calendar year.
  2. Their thesis/project must have been classified as C1 – Passed, with no requirement for correction or amendment or C2 – Minor amendments required.
  3. They must have completed their degree in a timely manner within the maximum expected duration of candidature ie 4 years.

Process and documentation

There will be no formal call for nominations as the Research Office will identify and shortlist potential candidates on an evidence-based basis for consideration by the Awards Committee. Individuals identified by the Research Office whose portfolio of work may fall outside of Research Master data will be given the opportunity to submit supporting documentation.

The dossier will comprise the following documents:

  1. Research Master report detailing enrolment details, examination outcomes, HERDC reportable publications, grants and awards used to identify highest performing researchers
  2. Nominations will be received from the Heads of School, PVC’s (R&I) and Institute Directors to support applications where Research Master data does not capture or is inappropriate to determine excellence. The Research Office will contact supervisors for supporting documentation. Supporting documentation for nominations is limited to two (2) pages in length and should supplement Research Master data. A pro forma for nominations will be developed by SGR.

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Selection criteria

In considering candidates, the Award Committee will consider the examiners report on the thesis and the overall track record and performance of researchers resulting from their doctoral research as indicated by a range of quantitative measures:

  • HERDC Publications (quality: impact factor; top journals for the field)
  • Research output relative to opportunity (ROPE)
  • Supporting documentation for Creative Works, exhibitions etc.
  • Competitive Grant funding, research income and patents as appropriate.

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Value of the prize

The Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Research Excellence Prize will comprise:

  1. A cash award of $3000 paid to the awardee
  2. A certificate signed by the Vice-Chancellor
  3. A permanent record of the award on an appropriate webpage (Honour Board) of the University.

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Other Research Award categories

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