GSA’s Annual Awards

Each year at the Annual Graduate Ball, GSA acknowledges graduate students’ exceptional contributions to the University community during an awards ceremony.

There are three awards students can nominate for:

  • The Grad Group of the Year Award, awarded to the nominated Grad Group which provided the most positive contribution to student life and organised the most appealing events and programming.
  • The Student Leader of the Year Award, awarded to the nominated graduate student who has worked closely with GSA to make a positive impact on behalf of the graduate student community.
  • The Broader Campuses Leader Award, awarded to the nominated graduate student who has made the strongest and most sustained contribution to one of the University of Melbourne campuses other than Parkville.

Award winners each receive a framed certificate. Additionally:

  • The winning Grad Group wins $1,000 of funding to put toward an event or activity of their choosing.
  • The winners of the Student Leader and Broader Campuses Leader awards receive prizes equivalent to $300 each.

Nominate for 2019  See the winners for 2018

Nominations close midnight Friday 30 August 2019.


  • Nominees must be currently enrolled graduate students at the University of Melbourne.
  • The work for which they are nominated can be from their time as an undergraduate, especially if they are new to postgraduate study.
  • Anyone can nominate a student for an award (including GSA staff, University of Melbourne staff, other students). Students can self-nominate.

Further information

  • Shortlisted parties are entitled to one free ticket to the Ball, while stocks last. As tickets almost always sell out, GSA highly recommends that nominated parties purchase their tickets as soon as possible; the costs will then be refunded once the administrative process for the awards is underway.
  • Nominees do not need to be in attendance at the Ball to be eligible to win. If they do not have tickets, they will be asked to nominate a friend or GSA Councillor who will be in attendance to collect the award on their behalf.
  • The Awards will be judged by an independent panel of graduate student leaders.