Alfred Deakin Medals for Doctoral Theses

The Alfred Deakin Medals are awarded each year to up to four Deakin University doctoral research students who produce the most outstanding theses.

The Alfred Deakin Medals are awarded each year to up to four Deakin University doctoral research students who produce the most outstanding theses.

A framed Alfred Deakin Medal for Doctoral Thesis is awarded to each successful student at one of the annual graduation ceremonies, and an appropriate endorsement is made on their academic record. In addition to a medal, each successful nominee receives a cash prize of $2,000.

Eligible students for the Alfred Deakin Medal for Doctoral Thesis must have completed a doctoral degree by research at Deakin University after only one examination, i.e. they must not have undergone a re-examination.

Faculties and Institutes may each nominate up to two doctoral students per round. Students may not self-nominate.

Selection Criteria

Faculties and Institutes are asked to consider the following when assessing the excellence of a thesis and nominating a student:

  • the examiners' reports. The thesis does not necessarily need to have passed without amendment (category 1 outcome), it may have passed with minor amendments (category 2 outcome)
  • international recognition of the research work
  • the impact of the research both in terms of actual and potential adoption
  • refereed publications or other research outputs from the doctoral work, for example patents, exhibitions, performances and other creative works (the emphasis should be on the quality rather than the quantity)
  • any awards or other recognition of the research quality, for example by professional organisations.

Timing of the Award

Alfred Deakin medals are awarded in two rounds each year.

Round 1 (up to two medals awarded)
Stage Closing date
Eligibility period for nominees: Library copy of thesis must have been lodged. Between 1 December 2018 and 31 May 2019
List of eligible students sent to Faculties and Institutes Friday, 31 May  2019
Faculties and Institutes send up to two nominations each to the Secretary of Thesis Examination Committee by 5pm AEST Friday, 21 June 2019
Thesis Examination Committee meeting to consider nominations Wednesday, 26 June 2019
Winners announced by Vice-Chancellor's Prizes and Awards Committee by Friday, 26 July 2019
Round 2 (up to two medals awarded)
Stage Closing date
Eligibility period for nominees: Library copy of thesis must have been lodged. Between 1 June 2019 and 30 November 2019
List of eligible students sent to Faculties and Institutes Monday, 2 December 2019
Faculties and Institutes send up to two nominations each to the Secretary of Thesis Examination Committee by 5pm AEST Thursday, 12 December 2019
Thesis Examination Committee meeting to consider nominations Thursday, 19 December 2019
Winners announced by Vice-Chancellor's Prizes and Awards Committee by Friday, 31 January 2020
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