Marles Medal

Critical Dates

May 2023

Nominations open via SmartyGrants

Friday 7 July 2023, 3pm

Nominations Close

September 2023

Notification of Outcomes


The Marles Medal in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine (STEMM) and the Marles Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) (collectively ‘The Marles Medal’) have been established in 2020 to complement the Woodward Medal (est. 2001). The Marles Medal recognises excellence in research impact, which may include an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health and wellbeing, the environment or quality of life beyond academia.

Up to two Research Impact Medals are awarded annually to two University of Melbourne employees, or research teams, in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine (STEMM) or Humanities and Social Sciences for the most significant demonstrable contribution their excellent and original research has made to society, the economy and environment, in the preceding ten years.

Candidates must be employees of the University of Melbourne at the time of application.


The physical Medals are presented during a graduation ceremony and the cash award of $10,000 each for STEMM and HASS is provided by the office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

How to apply

  1. Identify nominee, internal nominator (and expert, if applicable), and  independent  expert

    The nominee will complete the main part of the application. Members of staff must be nominated by a colleague (‘internal nomination’) and sign-off of the nomination must be provided by the Dean of the Academic Division or relevant Head of School. The internal nominator must provide a statement about the nature of the work and its significance. If the nominator is not an expert in the candidate’s field, another expert may be identified by the applicant to complete this statement.

    Additionally, the nominee should also include a supporting statement from an independent expert who is external to the University, such as a preeminent researcher in the field or a publisher (‘external nomination statement’). If there is no external expert available, this should be noted in the internal nomination statement and the selection committee will only rely on the internal nomination statement.

  2. Complete the Nomination Form

    The nomination form is hosted on the university's SmartyGrants portal. To submit hard-copy books/journals (only if there is no electronic option), please email to arrange.

  3. Submit the Nomination form

    You will receive a PDF of the final  application by email once you have submitted in SmartyGrants. No additional Themis submission is required for this scheme.

Supporting documents

Documents for 2023


Please direct queries to:

Researcher Development Schemes