Excellence in Doctoral Supervision

UCD Dean of Graduate Studies Award for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision

The UCD Dean of Graduate Studies Award for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision is an award which recognises excellence in research supervisory practice by a UCD academic faculty member.

Nominations for the award will open again in November 2022

Nomination Process

  • In stage one of the nomination process, a doctoral supervisor must be nominated by two of their research students. Both students may be currently registered on a PhD programme or one of the students may have completed their PhD under the supervisor in question. The supervisor must also have had at least one doctoral student through to completion.
  • In stage two of the process, the nominated supervisor is then invited by Graduate Studies to complete a written statement of supervisory practice. The application in its entirety will then be reviewed by a panel of experienced adjudicators.

The winner of the Award for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision will receive a prize to the value of €3,000 which must be used strictly for research associated expenses.

UCD Dean of Graduate Studies Award for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision- Application form (2021) (download form)

Previous Award Winners


Associate Professor Benjamin Cowan - UCD School of Information and Communication Studies

Professor Eilish McAuliffe - UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems


Professor Ian O'Donnell - UCD Sutherland School of Law