PhD Research Excellence Award

This Award recognises recent PhD graduates who have demonstrated outstanding research achievement in any STEMM field. Nominees are encouraged to discuss the potential longer-term impact of their work within and beyond their field.



  • Nominees must have undertaken their PhD research within a South Australian higher education provider.

  • Nominees must have received their conferral of a PhD degree and in a time period that is no more than 24 months prior to the closure of nominations for these awards.

  • Nominees must include a statement of support from their primary supervisor or co-supervisor.

  • Nominees must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident

Selection criteria

Criteria 1

Evidence of research excellence during the completion of a PhD. This may include but is not limited to:

  • the quality of research publications or conference papers as appropriate

  • awards, honours and recognition by peers, external bodies, community, etc.

Criteria 2

Evidence of research engagement and collaboration. This may include an explanation of:

  • the approach taken to initiate engagement with potential research partners

  • the level of involvement of partners outside research in a collaborative venture.

Criteria 3

In addition to the above, any other evidence of recognition of leadership contributions and potential career success. This may include:

  • demonstration and/or recognition of leadership attributes within or outside the field of research during the PhD

  • indicators of career progression.