Honorary awards

Nominations for UQ Honorary Awards for July and December 2021 graduations are now closed.

Nominations for July 2022 graduations remain open until 5pm, Friday 9 July 2021.

The Awards recognise individuals, including former staff, alumni and community members, who have made significant contributions to the University, the Commonwealth of Australia or the State of Queensland, or who achieved outstanding success in a particular field.

Submit a nomination

Graduation period

Closing date

July 2021

10 July 2020

December 2021

29 January 2021

July 2022

9 July 2021

Award categories

Awards are identified in the following categories:

  1. Honorary Doctorates
  2. UQ Fellowships
  3. Distinguished Service Medals

In recognition of the University’s commitment to gender equality and diversity, Senate is committed to grant honorary awards to individuals who reflect the diversity of interests, backgrounds, and concerns reflected in the University and in society.

Nomination process

Candidates can be nominated for multiple categories, but a separate form is required for each nomination.

Nominations can be made by:

  • Senate members
  • Graduates of the University
  • Staff (academic and professional)
  • Students (with the endorsement of a member of one of the above categories)

Self-nominations will not be accepted.

We recommend including a maximum of 3 pieces of supporting information with each nomination, such as a:

  • professional resume
  • biography
  • evidence of other awards
  • evidence of media coverage.

Incomplete nominations or nominations submitted after the deadline will not be considered, and will be held over to subsequent years.

The nomination process for Honorary Awards is strictly confidential. Nominees must not be consulted about or advised of their nomination.

After you submit a nomination

The first stage will require high level information about the nominee. All submissions correctly completed will be considered by the relevant Executive Dean or most relevant member of the University Senior Management Group.

Nominations will then be forwarded to the Vice-Chancellor’s Committee and then onto the Honorary Awards Committee for consideration to proceed to the second stage of the nomination process.

During the second stage of the process, the nominator, along with the relevant school, faculty or institute will be notified and requested to complete and submit the detailed nomination submission.