Judging Process


The applications will be assessed by prominent academics working at the UK universities.

Firstly, the DRA Executive Committee will shortlist the applications in each category. Then, the research portfolios of the applicants will be sent to referees for further evaluations. Finally, five finalists (and a number of honourable mention awards) will be selected at the discretion of the Executive Committee based on referee reports. Finalists will be invited to give a short presentation of their research on the day of the award ceremony before a panel of judges. The judges will determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd placements according to the performance of the finalists on presenting their PhD research to a general academic audience. Those who received honourable mention awards are expected to give poster presentations of their work.

We encourage all recent PhD holders and PhD candidates to apply for this prestigious award. Please submit a research portfolio and an application form following the link below.

Deadline for applications is Monday, 5 March, 2018.