Doctoral School

The Adam Weiler Doctoral Impact Award

Recognising and celebrating outstanding academic impact

The Adam Weiler Doctoral Impact Award is available to exceptional researchers currently registered for a doctoral degree at Sussex who have demonstrated the potential to achieve outstanding academic impact in their field.

The award is offered as a result of a generous donation to the University in memory of Adam Weiler, a former student at the University of Sussex who studied International Relations. 

One award of £1,000 (to go towards the winners research) is available per year. Doctoral researchers can be nominated by their doctoral supervisor or the Director of Doctoral Studies in their School.

The successful candidate will be presented the award as part of the prize-giving ceremony organised during the University’s Festival of Doctoral Research in June.


Supervisors and Directors of Doctoral Studies can nominate doctoral researchers using the online nomination form.

The current call for nominations closes on Friday 17th May 2019.


Guidance for nominations

Doctoral supervisors or Directors of Doctoral Studies are invited to submit nominations for doctoral researchers who are able to demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Notable innovation in research (e.g. use of innovative methods for conducting research, or conducting research on a highly innovative topic)
  • Ability to conduct high-quality research with significant or ground-breaking implications for theory or practice
  • Evidence of outstanding public engagement or knowledge transfer activity
  • An exceptional track record of academic achievements

The deadline for nominations is Friday 17th May 2019.

If you have any questions or queries about the nomination form or the award, please contact

Selection process

Nominations will be assessed according to the degree to which the researcher meets the eligibility criteria outlined in the Guidance for nominations section above.

Membership of the selection panel includes:

  • Prof. Gordon Harold (Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor - Research Excellence Framework)
  • Prof. George Kemenes (Director of the Doctoral School)
Terms and conditions

Awards are offered subject to the following terms and conditions:

  • The award recipient will be asked to contribute to a news story for the Doctoral School blog and the University website, where the recipient will be interviewed about their research and how they came to be nominated for the Adam Weiler Doctoral Impact Award.
  • The recepient must identify an existing School/department budget code to which the funds will be transferred, or work with their School/department to set up a new budget code.
  • The awarded funds must be used towards the recipents research (e,g, conference attendance).


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