Outstanding Alumni Awards Nomination & Selection Process

Nomination & Selection Process


Nominations for the 2022 awards have now closed.  The selection committee will review all nominations and recipients will be announced in September.  Check the key dates for more information.

Staff, alumni of the University and members of the public are able to nominate eligible candidates for the awards. Self-nomination is acceptable. Nomination of a current staff member will only be considered in extraordinary circumstances. All nominations are confidential.

  • Name and professional details of your nominee;
  • Your contact information and relationship to nominee (self-nominations are welcome);
  • A professional referee and their contact details (different from the person submitting this nomination);
  • Supporting statement about the contributions, achievements and impacts the nominee has made in their field of endeavour (minimum 250 words, you may include links to websites, media, publications or online videos as well as images in your statement);
  • A professional resume of the nominee (or a link to their detailed LinkedIn profile);
  • Any supporting evidence you may wish to provide (this section is optional).

The submission of a nomination in no way implies that the nominee will be selected for an award. All information provided will be treated in confidence.

If you do not have all the details required to make a nomination please contact the JCU Alumni Team who may be able to assist: alumni@jcu.edu.au

The purpose of the James Cook University Outstanding Alumni Awards is to recognise graduates of the University and its predecessor institutions, who have made an outstanding contribution in their field of endeavour. This contribution can be at a local, state, national or international level.

There are three categories of Outstanding Alumni Awards:

  1. Outstanding Alumni - one outstanding alumni selected by each of the six academic Colleges;
  2. Outstanding Early Career Alumni – one early career outstanding alumni selected by each of the six academic Colleges,
  3. Chancellor’s Outstanding Alumi Award – chosen from the recipients of the Outstanding Alumni category.

For the purpose of these awards the following definitions apply:

Alumni: Graduates of James Cook University or our predecessor institutions (the Townsville College of Advanced Education and students of the University College of Townsville who graduated from the University of Queensland).

Early Career Alumni: Graduates of James Cook University who are aged 35 or under at the time of nomination.

Selection Process

JCU's Advancement Directorate collates all nominations. Nominations are vetted and summaries provided to academic College Deans for review. College Deans convene a selection panel to consider nominations for their College and may ask the Advancement Directorate to source further details on nominated alumni to assist with the selection process.

The selection process conforms to James Cook University's privacy policy.

Each College will select one recipient in the Outstanding Alumni category and one recipient in the Early Career Alumni category.

The Vice Chancellor reviews proposed recipients prior to finalising the selection process.

Recipients who are selected for an award will be informally advised of their selection and invited to attend an award ceremony. Recipients are asked to keep the details of their award confidential until it is publicly announced by JCU.

The Chancellor will select the recipient of the Chancellor's Outstanding Alumni Award from the College-nominated Outstanding Alumni recipients. The Chancellor may be assisted in his deliberations by the Deputy Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor.

Award Announcement

The recipients of the James Cook University Outstanding Alumni Awards will be announced at an event in Sept/Oct 2022, check the key dates for more information. Public announcement will be made by media release and posting on this website.