Awards: The IAG Award for Dissertation Excellence

The IAG Award for Dissertation Excellence


  • Recognise excellence in a research dissertation, at Honours, Masters or PhD level, and the contribution that the student has made to the discipline of Geography;
  • Acknowledge contributions to the discipline made through excellence in either traditional dissertation/thesis format or thesis by publication; and,
  • Encourage continued contribution to the discipline and membership of the IAG and to support and promote the discipline and the study of geography more broadly.

Award rules:

The award recognises excellence in a dissertation. The dissertation may be in any field of geographic scholarship. The dissertation may form part of an Honours, Masters or PhD programme.

The applicant must have been an Honours or Masters student, or PhD candidate, enrolled in an Australian university or institution at the time of submission of the dissertation.

Members may self-nominate for the award or be nominated by a supervisor or an examiner. If self- nominating, then the nomination must include the endorsement of at least one supervisor or examiner.

The nomination should take the following form:

  • A full statement (no more than 500 words) describing the contribution the dissertation or thesis makes to the discipline;
  • Attached evidence or supporting statements about the contribution from examiner/s, the supervisor/s, and/or from School or Departmental Head or Higher Degree Committee or equivalent; and,
  • Evidence of eligibility, including the date of graduation.


To be eligible for the IAG Award for Dissertation Excellence, the nominee must be:

have been awarded the relevant degree (undergraduate Honours or postgraduate Masters or PhD) from an Australian institution; and

be applying within two years of graduation of the relevant degree.


  • one year membership of the IAG
  • a certificate of Excellence
  • conference attendance (travel, one night’s accommodation and registration) to receive the award.


Nominations will be invited each year. Up to two awards may be given in any one year, and only one per year from a single institution.

Awards will be made by a majority of Council after receiving advice from the President and two Vice- Presidents.