Thesis prizes

Chancellor's Prize

The Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis is awarded each year to up to six nominees. A seventh award may be made to an Indigenous student. You are eligible for nomination if you completed your degree in the previous year.

Nominations are made by faculties on the basis of:

  • International recognition and impact of the research
  • Publications or other research outputs  that arise from or relate to your thesis
  • Recognition of the research (by professional organisations, prizes and awards, invitations to conferences, etc).

Preference is given to theses that are passed without amendment. Theses passed with minor amendments may also be considered.


Winners (2017)

Humanities, Creative Arts and Social Sciences

  • Julia Dehm (Melbourne Law School)
    "Reconsidering REDD+: law, life, limits and growth in crisis”
  • Tristram Oliver-Skuse (Arts)"Emotions and representation"

Science and Engineering

  • Jackson David Clarke (School of Physics)
    "Physics Beyond the Standard Model"
  • Steven Harris Wibowo (School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)"Diversification of peptide architectures by surface-initiated ring-opening polymerization"

Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

  • Thomas James Oxley (Royal Melbourne Hospital)"Feasibility Of Endovascular Stent-Electrode Array For Minimally Invasive High-Fidelity Chronic Recordings Of Cortical Neural Activity"
  • Mark Thomas Mackay (Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital)"Rapid Diagnosis of Childhood Stroke: Time is Brain"

See past winners


Other opportunities

There are many other opportunities available. Check the full list of awards, scholarships and prizes organised by discipline.

List of Awards, Scholarships and Prizes


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