Alumni Award Nominations

Get involved by nominating a graduate of the Faculty for a Business and Economics Alumni of Distinction Award.

See Alumni of Distinction Award Recipients

Award Categories

Over the years, the Awards program categories have evolved, and the selection criteria refined, to best recognise the achievements of our alumni.

  • Rising Star Award for Young Alumni

    An individual who is aged 35 and under and has demonstrated an outstanding level of professional achievement and community involvement since graduating from the University of Melbourne and/or recognition by colleagues and peers of outstanding leadership and impact as a global citizen.

  • Leadership Award

    An individual who has achieved significant and recognised impact in business, government or the non-profit sector through leadership in career to date.

  • Outstanding Achievement Award

    An individual who has achieved long-term, sustained and outstanding achievement and leadership in business, government or the non-profit sector.

Nomination and selection process

All alumni of the Faculty of Business and Economics in any location are eligible to be nominated for an award, subject to the nomination criteria listed below. All alumni, current students and current staff of the University of Melbourne are eligible to nominate a candidate, and are not limited as to the number of nominations put forward.

A committee, including representatives from the Business and Economics Alumni Council, Business and Economics Board and the Faculty, will review all nominations and prepare a short-list of candidates to put forward to the full Alumni Council for a vote. The recipients of the vote in each category are submitted to the Dean and Chair of the Faculty of Business and Economics Board for approval.

We encourage all alumni, current staff and students to submit candidates who fulfill the requirements and whom they believe should be considered for an award.

Nomination criteria

  • Recipients must be an alum of the Faculty;
  • Only nominations made by current staff members, current students or alumni of the University of Melbourne will be considered;
  • All nominations are confidential;
  • The selection process is based on publicly available information and supporting materials provided by the person submitting the nomination and those held by the University of Melbourne;
  • A nominee cannot be a current member of the Business and Economics Board or the Business and Economics Alumni Council (nominations for past members are permitted);
  • Only complete nominations will be considered.

Not sure if someone is an alum of the Faculty?
If you would like to nominate a candidate for an award but are not sure if they graduated with a degree from the Faculty of Business and Economics at The University of Melbourne, we can check this information for you. Just send an email to our Alumni Relations team at and we'll let you know.

About the Program

The Faculty of Business and Economics wishes to recognise alumni who have achieved excellence in their chosen profession, and who have made a considerable contribution to the Faculty, the University and their communities through their endeavours. To this end, the Business and Economics Alumni Council established an annual Alumni of Distinction Awards program.

Alumni of this Faculty reflect our legacy, with more than 66,000 alumni around the world. The Alumni of Distinction Awards program raises awareness of our alumni and honours their outstanding contribution to government, business, education and the not-for-profit sector.

Alumni of Distinction awards are presented annually at the Melbourne Foundation for Business and Economics Dinner.