UQ is committed to recognising and rewarding outstanding performance in the supervising, mentoring, and training of HDR candidates.

The Awards for Excellence in Higher Degree by Research Supervision were created in 2000 following a proposal by the UQ Union and the success of the Awards for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to the remunerated awards, the Selection Committee can award commendations and recognise excellence in advising for emerging academic staff. The Awards are presented annually during Research Week.

Nomination process

The nominator must provide a succinct overview (maximum 300 words) of the nominee including a description of the contribution, initiative, program, project and/or activity and key outcomes and achievements in the performance of supervising, mentoring, and training of higher degree by research candidates.

Steps to nominate:

  1. Review the eligibility and requirements for 2018 Awards for Excellence in Higher Degree by Research Supervision.
  2. Complete the online nomination form.

Eligibility and selection criteria


  • Nominee must be a current UQ academic staff member with a minimum of three years’ experience supervising, mentoring and/or training higher degree by research (HDR) candidates at UQ.
  • Shortlisted nominees must provide evidence of high quality performance relative to opportunity (Selection Criteria).
  • Previous recipients of the Award are not eligible to receive another Award.
  • Previously unsuccessful nominees may be re-nominated.
  • Successful nominees must be available for photographs (Discovery Report) in July 2018.
  • Successful nominees must be available to attend the presentation of awards during Research Week - 10 to 14 September 2018.

Selection criteria

The Nominee’s performance as an Advisor will be judged in part by how effectively they provide:

  • Support to their candidate’s development of discipline-specific and transferable skills;
  • Commitment to mentoring and career development guidance for their candidates;
  • Provision of opportunities for their candidates to develop leadership capability and independence and
  • Leadership in research training.

The Selection Committee will also consider evidence of high quality performance relative to opportunity by examining:

  • the nominee’s candidate timely completion rates;
  • Graduate destinations - where are they now; and
  • Referee reports.

Nominators please comment on your experience and/or knowledge of the nominee’s research supervision, mentoring and/or training for Higher degree by research candidates at UQ. The Awards Selection Committee is particularly interested in your views, supported by examples, of the nominee’s performance as an HDR Advisor. This assessment may address the performance of the nominee with respect to individual or groups of candidates.

Referee reports and advisor statement

Referee reports

On receiving the nomination, the Graduate School may request referee reports from the nominee’s:

  • Head of School/Institute Director;
  • School/Institute Postgraduate Coordinator; and
  • Current HDR candidates and graduates.

The Graduate School may also access UQ’s corporate reports in order to confirm the nominee’s details, such as the number of candidates under their supervision and completion data.

Any referee reports not received by Sunday 17 June 2018 will not be considered by the Selection Committee. Please note that the Selection Committee does not review referee reports that are not received directly from the person providing the report.

Advisor statement

On receiving the nomination, the Graduate School will request a statement (maximum 300 words) from shortlisted nominees. Nominees will be asked to consider the HDR Graduate Attributes and how they, as an Advisor, have supported a cohort and/or individual students to obtain these attributes. Advisors will also be asked to provide a list of successful graduates and where they are now.

Selection and prizes


The Selection Committee is chaired by the Dean, UQ Graduate School or delegate.

The Selection Committee considers all eligible nominees and selects awardees. In doing so, the Committee does not take into account:

  • the distribution of Awards to particular Schools, Institutes and/or Faculties; or
  • the outcome of previous nominations.


Numeration for Award/s for Excellence in Higher degree by research Supervision include a $5,000 prize. Emerging Advisor Award/s include a $2,000 prize.

Awardees will receive their prize as:

  • Payment into a research account in their School, Institute or Faculty.

Important dates

  • Nominations open - Monday 2 April 2018
  • Nominations close - Sunday 22 April 2018
  • Statement by Nominee and Referee Report due -  Sunday 27 May 2018
  • Nominees advised of outcome - Week commencing Monday 25 June 2018
  • Photographs for 2018 Discovery Report - July 2018
  • Awards Ceremony - Research Week - 10 to 14 September 2018