2017 Postgraduate Prizes and Awards

For high performing postgraduate students, prizes and awards are offered each year. Check your faculty entry below to see what is available.

Faculty prizes and awards

These are prizes and awards offered by Faculties and industry related sponsors to students who have excelled in their course or unit.  Different criteria apply to each prize or award so check the information below for your faculty.

Faculty of Arts and Education

Faculty wide prizes and awards

Philip Brown Award

A prize is awarded annually to an enrolled higher degree by research student within the Faculty of Arts and Education, for research into Australian History entailing the use of primary sources. Where possible, preference will be given to research relating to the state of Victoria. The award is named in memory of Dr Philip Brown, an eminent historian whose work is characterised by meticulous research and the extensive use of primary sources.

Roslyn Lawry Award

This award commemorates a young Museum Studies graduate, Ros Lawry, who died in tragic circumstances. Her parents, Jim and Fay Lawry, established an endowment for an annual prize.  The Roslyn Lawry Award is awarded annually to a student enrolled in the Master of Cultural Heritage who has achieved standards of excellence in his or her academic record and demonstrated a personal commitment to heritage/museum training. The recipient receives a generous amount of prize money to fund further professional development and a framed certificate.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Lynne Alice Prize

The prize of $500 is awarded annually by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences to a student enrolled in the Master of Arts (International Relations) course who has achieved standards of excellence in his or her academic record in the Human Rights and International Law specialisation.

Hans Löfgren Prize

The prize of $400 is awarded annually to the Politics and Policy Studies Honours student or student enrolled in the Master of Politics and Policy course who has produced the best thesis.  The prize is jointly funded by the School and the editorial group of the Australian Journal of Political Science, of which Hans has been an integral member while working at Deakin University.

School of Education

Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL)

Awarded annually to a student enrolled in an Education postgraduate course who has illustrated excellence in educational leadership. The prize includes:

  • A professional, framed ACEL Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Educational Leadership
  • A membership subscription for one year to the value of $175
  • A book voucher valued at $100, redeemable from the ACEL Bookshop
Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) Award

Each year an ASME prize of a Certificate and a Full Membership for one year to ASME Victoria is awarded to an outstanding teacher education student who received the highest mark across the 4 music secondary units in their course.

Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) AWARDS 

The award recognises both the importance of literacy studies and the career and personal benefits of belonging to a professional association.  The award consists of 12 months membership of the association to a graduating primary education student who has excelled in literacy and English language studies during the year.

The Victoria College Foundation

This fund was initially set up to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Victoria College, just before it merged with Deakin University. The prize is to be awarded to a PhD student who just missed out on a scholarship. The aim of the Victoria College prize is to support a postgraduate student to study towards a Masters or Doctoral degree. The amount to be awarded is $500.

Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank Award (VTMB)

The prize is awarded to the highest achieving graduating student (on both results and teaching practice) from the Master of Education (Special Educational Needs) course.

Faculty of Business and Law

The Faculty of Business and Law are reviewing their prizes and awards for 2017.

A number of discipline specific awards will be available to students studying in the Faculty of Business and Law once this review has been completed. Information on the new suite of prizes and awards should be available by September 2017.

Faculty of Health

School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Award for Best PhD Paper

Awarded annually to the best paper published by PhD candidate in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. The recipient will be chosen by the School HDR Research committee.

Nestle Health Science Nutrition Award in Clinical Dietetics

Most outstanding student enrolled in Master of Dietetics with the highest mark in HSN747 Clinical Dietetic Practice unit in 2016.

Professor's Academic Achievement Award in Dietetics

Awarded to the most outstanding graduating student enrolled in the Master of Dietetics in 2016. Award recipient will be chosen based on a combination of high level academic achievement and professional practice in the applications of dietetics.

Head of School Academic Achievement Award - Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition

Awarded to the most outstanding graduating student enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition in 2016.

Head of School Academic Achievement Award - Master of Human Nutrition

Awarded to the most outstanding graduating student enrolled in the Master of Human Nutrition in 2016.

Professor Selig Academic Achievement Award  

Awarded to the most outstanding graduating student enrolled in the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2016.

School of Health and Social Development

Master Health Promotion - Course Leader's Prize for best Major Project

A prize of $200 and a certificate to be awarded annually to the best Major Project from the Master of Health Promotion course.

Master Health Promotion - Course Leader's Prize for best Minor Project

A prize of $100 and a certificate to be awarded annually to the best Minor Project from the Master of Health Promotion course.

Yungaburra Foundation Award

A prize of $500 is presented to an honours or postgraduate student with leadership potential in the disability field.

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Colbrow Healthcare - Melbourne's first nursing agency - Award for academic excellence

Awarded to the highest performing student from the Return to Practice or Initial Registration of Overseas Nurses – Registered Nurse course ($500 and certificate).

Elsevier Australia

Awarded to the highest achieving student in the Master of Nursing Practice (book and certificate).

JR Medical Books Prizes

Awarded for the best all-round academic and clinical performance by a student enrolled in the Graduate Certificate/Diploma of Nursing Practice (Critical Care Suite) ($100 book voucher and certificate).

Awarded for the best all-round academic and clinical performance by a student enrolled in the Graduate Certificate/Diploma of Nursing Practice (Perioperative) ($100 book voucher and certificate).

Awarded for the best all-round academic and clinical performance by a student enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery ($100 book voucher and certificate).

Matrix Surgical Award

Awarded to the highest achieving student from the Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice (Perioperative) in the unit Advanced Concepts in Specialty Nursing Practice: HNN788 ($500 and certificate).

School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Scholarship Award

Awarded to a domestic student enrolled in the PhD Doctoral program for outstanding research scholarship ($250 voucher and certificate).

School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Scholarship Award

Awarded to an international student enrolled in the PhD Doctoral program for outstanding research scholarship ($250 voucher and certificate).

School of Psychology

The Australian Psychological Society Prize

A prize of one year's subscription to the APS, a certificate and an invitation to present a poster at the APS Annual Conference for the most outstanding fourth year student.

Barry Fallon Award

A prize of $500 and a Certificate to be awarded annually for the best thesis in the Master of Psychology (Industrial and Organisational).

Head of School Awards

A prize of $250 and a certificate to be awarded annually for the best Thesis in the PhD course.

A prize of $250 and a certificate to be awarded annually for the best Thesis in the Doctor of Psychology course.

A prize of $250 and a certificate to be awarded annually for the best Thesis in the Master in Psychology (Clinical) course.

A prize of $250 and a certificate to be awarded annually for the best student publication in a Fourth year in Psychology course.

A prize of $250 and a certificate to be awarded annually for the best student publication in the PhD course.

A prize of $250 and a certificate to be awarded annually for the best Three-Minute presentation.

A prize of $250 and a certificate to be awarded annually for the best Confirmation.

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Faculty wide prizes and awards

Coltman Prize

Awarded to a higher degree by research (HDR) student undertaking research in the field of biomedical science. The Coltman Prize recognises outstanding ability and achievement. The prize is valued at $1500 and is awarded as a cash payment. To be eligible for the prize applicants must be enrolled in a higher degree by research program within the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment.

Rex Williamson Prize

A prize of $1,800 and a certificate is awarded to the highest achieving PhD student enrolled within the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment or Institute of Frontier Materials whose research involves a significant component of chemistry. The prize shall be awarded on the basis of demonstrated research potential and academic merit. Applicants are expected to have completed an equivalent of two years full-time candidature and are to be currently enrolled in their third year of candidature. Recipients can only receive the Rex Williamson prize once.

School of Architecture and Built Environment

AON Risk Solutions Award

An award of $500 is made annually to the student who achieves the highest aggregate of marks in the unit SRM750 Built Environment Professional Practice offered within the degrees of S703 Master of Landscape Architecture.

Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) McGlashan Everist Graduate Prize

Awarded to a graduating student in the Master of Architecture. The prize recognises the successful balance between design, and practice. The prize consists of $2,500, as well as a number of admissions to professional programs from the Australian Institute of Architects.

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Excellent Building Postgraduate Award

Awarded to an excellent postgraduate student enrolled in the Master of Construction Management for the best research dissertation completed by students during the course of their studies.

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Excellent Building Research Postgraduate Award

Awarded to an excellent postgraduate student enrolled in the Master of Construction Management by Research for the best ‘building’ research completed during the year.

City of Greater Geelong Landscape Architecture Award

An award of $500 is made annually to the student enrolled in the Master of Landscape Architecture who achieves the highest aggregate marks in the unit SRR716 Thesis (Landscape Architecture)

GHD Woodhead Landscape Architecture Award

An award of $500 is made annually to the student who achieves the highest aggregate of marks in the unit SRD768 Landscape Design Masterclass offered within the degree of S703 Master of Landscape Architecture.

Graham Treloar Research Prize

Named in honour of Professor Graham Treloar a prize of $500 is awarded annually to the most outstanding HDR student publication in relation to embodied energy and sustainability.

K2 Planning Award for Urban Dynamics and Change

An award of $500 is made annually to the student who achieves the highest aggregate of marks in the unit SRP782 Urban Dynamics and Change offered within the degree of S764 Master of Planning (Professional).

The Warralily Urban Design Award

An award of $500 is made annually to the student who achieves the highest aggregate marks in the unit SRD764 Urban Design Studio.

Thomson Hay Landscape Architects Regional Landscape Award

An award of $500 is made annually to the student who achieves the highest aggregate of marks in the course S703 Master of Landscape Architecture in a calendar year for an assignment that demonstrates a solid comprehension of the landscape architecture discipline in regional contexts.

School of Information Technology

Professor of Information Technology Postgraduate Coursework Degree Award

An award of $500 and a certificate is presented to the student who has graduated with either the Master of Information Technology or the Master of Information Technology (Professional) and has achieved the highest overall weighted average mark.

Professor of Information Technology Postgraduate Research Degree Award

An award of $500 and a certificate is presented to the PhD student enrolled in the School of Information Technology who has demonstrated the highest research and academic merit. The recipient will have completed two years full-time candidature or equivalent and no more than 3.5 years full-time candidature or equivalent.

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Head of School Higher Degree Research Award

A prize of $1000 is awarded annually to a postgraduate research student in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and research endeavour. The successful recipient must be currently enrolled and have completed between 12 and 24 months of their candidature on a full time equivalent basis. Recipients can receive the Head of School Higher Degree Research Award only once in their candidature.

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