Conference Excellence Awards

CISA is pleased to witness international students whom make significant achievements and contributions to the international students’ community every year, whether in individuals or as organisations. The sector would like to award and recognize the passion and hard work of these outstanding individuals and organisations through the following categories:

Individual Awards

  • Postgraduate International Student of the Year (Coursework and Research)
      • Eligibility: International Students who are currently enrolled in a postgraduate course. Graduate diploma, graduate certificate, master’s and PhD international students’ can apply.
      • Based on academic and engagement while in Australia
  • Undergraduate International Student of the Year
      • Eligibility: International Students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate course or have completed the course no later than September 2016.
      • Based on academic and engagement while in Australia
  • ELICOS International Student of the Year
      • Eligibility: All International Students who are currently enrolled in ELICOS institute.
      • Based on academic and engagement while in Australia
  • VET/TAFE International Student of the Year
    • Eligibility: All International Students who are currently enrolled in an VET/TAFE program/course.
    • Based on academic and engagement while in Australia

**International Student of the Year
Will not be open to the public. Top 3 candidates from the four categories above will be considered for this award.

Organisation Awards

  • Best International Students Event (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)
      • Eligibility: Open to all international students’ event that incorporate undergraduate or/and postgraduate students
      • Based on quality of engagement
  • Best International Student Event (VET/TAFE)
      • Eligibility: Open to all international students’ event that incorporate VET/TAFE students
      • Based on quality of engagement
  • Most Active International Students Association/Club/Society/Council
      • Eligibility: Open to all International Student Association/Club/Society/Council
      • Based on quality and quantity of engagement
  • Student Association of the Year
    • Eligibility: Open to all International Students Associations
    • Based on quality of engagement

**Best International Student Event of the Year
Will not be open to the public. Top 3 candidates from the four categories above will be considered for this award.

Eligibility Criteria for Nomination:

Individual Award

  • Must be an international student (non-Australian/ PR) and holds a valid visa for study in Australia
  • Educational status must be the same as the category that one is applying for.
  • Currently studying or completed a course within the last 6 months.
  • Nominations are to be made by the education institution or relevant institution. Students cannot nominate themselves. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • Two referees who agreed to be contacted to provide further information on the nominations must be included.
  • Must be available to attend the CISA National Conference from the 3-6 July 2017 in Canberra.

Organisational Award

  • Organisation must be the representative of the international students.
  • Nominations are to be made by the education institution or relevant institution. Students cannot nominate themselves. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • Affiliated with CISA or associated with the affiliated
  • Two referees who agreed to be contacted to provide further information on the nominations must be included.
  • Two referees who agreed to be contacted to provide further information on the nominations must be included.
  • A representative must be able to attend the CISA National Conference from the 3-6 July 2017 in Canberra.

Nominations:

Nominating a candidate for the awards provides an opportunity to reward and encourage an individual international student or a team that is dedicated towards promoting a more vibrant and diverse multicultural community in Australia. CISA is proud to present these awards to recognise their dedication and contributions to the international student body.

Aside from the honour of being nominated, the process of preparing a nomination often provides valuable character references that the nominee can use in the future.

In addition to the prestige of receiving an award, winners, finalists and their organisations are often able to receive media attention within their local communities, which helps to build their professional reputation.

Organisation Awards

International Student Association of the Year

This award is presented to the institution that helped to advocate CISA’s key objectives and take care of the general welfare of international students in the past year.

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrate strong advocacy work for international student community within their institution or constituency
  • Enhance international students’ experiences in Australia and support international students’ welfare
  • Opportunities or activities that advocate international students’ welfare, including legal and immigration services as well as others
  • Facilitate connections and new pathways for community participation among international students
  • CISA Facebook Voting
Best International Student Event of the Year

This award is presented to an International Student Association with an event that has impacted the international students’ community positively and created great interactions with the local community.

Selection Criteria

  • Empower and enhance international students’ experiences in Australia
  • Involvement of international students and outcomes of the event
  • Engagement between parties, including local community
  • CISA Facebook Voting
Most Active International Student Association

This award is presented to an International Students Association which has actively engaged with parties in being proactive to provide avenues for international students.

Selection Criteria

  • Actively engage and strengthen the relationships with stakeholders, associations and members
  • CISA Facebook Voting

Individual Awards

This award is presented to a distinguished International student who has contributed to the international students’ community and been a role model to his/her peers. The award will be presented in three categories:

  • Postgraduate International Student of the Year
  • Undergraduate International Student of the Year
  • VET/ ELICOS International Student of the Year

Selection Criteria

  • The nominee should possess personal attributes that would inspire his/her peers.
  • Should demonstrate an achievement or contribution that adds value to the
    international students’ community through:
    – Leadership Role
    – Events and Activities
    – Advocate in the Community
  • High Academic Performance
  • CISA Facebook Voting

Presentation Ceremony

The winners will be announced at 2017 CISA Conference held in Canberra. All finalists will receive a certificate. However, only the winners in each category will receive a certificate and plaque.

Key Dates:

Tuesday 25th April Call for nominations
Sunday 4th June Nominations close 11.59pm AEST
Thursday 6thJuly Award Ceremony at CISA Conference Gala Dinner

Additional Information

Terms & Conditions

  • Application must be completed prior to submission. Any incomplete submission received upon the closing of nominations will not be considered;
  • Nominations must strictly adhere to the word limit within each portion; any excess words will be not be considered as part of the application.
  • Upon submission, CISA Awards Committee reserves the right to use any photos and/or videos provided to be uploaded to CISA Facebook page for voting purposes.
  • No nominations/applications received after the deadline will be taken into consideration.
  • CISA reserves the right and final decision on deciding winners of the award.

Contact Information

Any queries please direct it to award@cisa.edu.au

Download the application form here

Note: We know that on the PDF it still states the 31st May but the deadline has been extended to 4 June 2017.

Submit your application to:
award@cisa.edu.au