ACUADS First Nations Staff Award

The award recognises a First Nations art or design academic who identifies as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person, and whose research or pedagogy reflects First Nations cultural knowledges and experiences. The award recipient’s work will engage with insights about drawing on Indigenous cultural knowledge and Country and connect these to art and/or design pedagogy and curriculum.

Submissions are invited for the Annual ACUADS First Nations Staff Award. First Nations Level A and B, continuing and fixed term, and casual academic staff are encouraged to apply. Recipients receive $2000 AUD in addition to a citation and presentation of a pin at the annual ACUADS conference. 

The nominations for the First Nations Staff Award will be assessed by the ACUADS Executive Board against the stated criteria and reserves the right to make a nomination. One candidate per award category may be successful in any one year.

Selection Criteria                             

  • A statement about how their research or pedagogy is informed by Country and how the applicant has drawn on cultural knowledge and protocols (100 words)
  • An example of course design, delivery and/or assessment or research which demonstrates clear embedment of First Nations knowledges (100 words)
  • Evidence of an original contribution which expands knowledge and practice in their discipline, relative to career opportunity
  • Capacity to contribute to research and scholarship, academic debate, and innovation within their institutions and beyond

Nomination Process

Applications should comprise:

  • A 1-page evidence-based statement in the form provided that addresses the selection criteria;
  • This should address the selection criteria with evidence that includes documentation of the work (photographs, video, etc). 


Please send in your nominations via email to

Deadline and Submissions

The deadline for the call out for nominations for 2023 awards is now closed.