Research prizes, awards and medals

Alfred Deakin Medals for Doctoral Theses

The Alfred Deakin Medal for Doctoral Thesis will be awarded each year to up to four Deakin University doctoral research candidates who produce the most outstanding theses.

A framed Alfred Deakin Medal for Doctoral Thesis will be awarded to the successful candidates at one of the annual graduation ceremonies, and an appropriate endorsement made on their academic record. In addition to a medal, each successful applicant will receive a cash prize of $2000.

Eligible candidates for the Alfred Deakin Medal for Doctoral Thesis must have completed a doctoral degree by research at Deakin University in the previous twelve-month period (calendar year) after only one examination (i.e. must not have undergone a re-examination).

Faculties and Institutes may each nominate up to three doctoral candidates who have completed in the previous twelve-month period. Candidates may not self-nominate.

Excellence in Research Supervision award

An annual award is made by the Vice-Chancellor recognising achievements by staff resulting from their supervision of higher degree by research candidates. The award consists of a $5,000 grant which may be used to further the recipient's research (e.g. travel to a conference, purchase of a specific piece of equipment), a trophy and a framed certificate.

Nominations may be made by academic or general staff of Deakin University, or current or former higher degree by research candidates of Deakin University.

Recipients of an award are ineligible for further awards in this category for the subsequent five years.

Supervisors may not self-nominate.

Students are encouraged to nominate a member of staff for one of these awards, the 'Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Supervision'.

More about the Excellence in Research Supervision award.

Neil Archbold Memorial Travel Awards

Neil Archbold Memorial Travel Awards are to be awarded each year to the two Deakin University higher degree by research candidates who produce the best peer-reviewed journal articles:

  • One award will be made available to a candidate in the sciences (in recognition of Professor Archbold's home discipline). This category is NOT restricted to applicants from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and the Built Environment.
  • The second award will be made available to a candidate in the humanities/social sciences.

The travel awards, of $3000 each, are to be used during candidature for research-related travel.

The awardees will also be presented with a medal at graduation or some other significant event.

More about the Neil Archbold Memorial Travel Awards and Medal

Vice-Chancellor's Conference Care Support Fund

Deakin University values collaboration and recognises its importance to advancing research and research careers. Attendance at national and international conferences is integral to fostering new and maintaining existing networks.

The Vice-Chancellor's Conference Care Support fund provides up to $2,000 to assist researchers and HDR students who would otherwise be unable to attend local or international conferences, workshops or symposia due to carer responsibilities.

Funding can be used for travel for a carer/family member to accompany the researcher/HDR student or to pay for additional care costs whilst the primary carer is attending a conference, workshop or symposia.

Applications should be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to travel.

More about the Vice-Chancellor's Conference Care Support fund.

Research Degree Scholarships

Research degree scholarships opportunities are available to Masters by Research and Doctoral students at Deakin University.

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