Selection process

Please note - Only members of La Trobe University's Senior Executive Group, University Council  or a Research Theme Leader may stand as nominators for Honorary Degrees.

Other staff or individuals outside the University may make recommendations for nominations but these must be endorsed and acted upon by an appropriate member of the La Trobe community as listed above.

Eligibility and selection criteria

Nominees must be individuals who are either not alumni of La Trobe University (or an antecedent institution) or who have only completed an undergraduate degree at La Trobe, who over an extensive and sustained period of time, demonstrated one or more of the following:

Outstanding professional achievements

a. Recognised as leader/expert in their field.

b. Significant achievement(s) throughout their career.

c. Evidence of ethical and/or innovative sustainable approaches used.

Significant community service achievements

a. Support of, and significant involvement in, the local community in a voluntary capacity.

b. Dedication of significant personal/professional time for charitable/community support activities.

Inspirational leadership within their fields of expertise

a. Mentoring employees/younger people inside or outside their organisation.

b. Advocacy of access and diversity within their organisations and across their field.

c. Encouraging corporate philanthropy and community support.

d. Providing leadership within and across their respective industries

Outstanding personal qualities

a. Engaging in, or enabling personal philanthropy.

b. Providing inspiration and leadership to others through personal examples and role modelling

c. Success in the face of adversity.


Honorary degree nominations are approved by the Academic Board, following a review by the Vice-Chancellor.


The award process must remain confidential as regards the nominees until a decision has been made by the selection committee and the Academic Board. The information submitted will be used by La Trobe University, in connection with the administration of the award only. All information will remain confidential.


Please download and complete the nomination pack below. Then email the completed nomination form and associated documentation to us, or send via post to:

La Trobe University Honorary Awards
Alumni and Advancement Office
La Trobe University
Bundoora VIC 3086

More Information

For more information on the nomination process please contact the Alumni and Advancement Office at or phone +61 (0)3 9479 2011 or 1300 737 133.