Nancy Millis Memorial Award

In memory of Emeritus Professor Nancy Millis AC ME and her contribution to the Australian water industry throughout her career, this Memorial Award is awarded annually to a WaterRA student who has demonstrated initiative, has exceptional qualities and a passion for research.

The Nancy Millis Memorial Award is awarded annually as an additional scholarship to a WaterRA student who has demonstrated initiative, has exceptional qualities and a passion for research.

Award value

Additional $15,000 stipend and $10,000 overseas conference support




  • This is an additional award to a WaterRA scholarship, not a stand-alone award. Only students who have received a WaterRA PhD Scholarship package OR a WaterRA Associate Student membership and commenced with WaterRA in the previous year are eligible to apply
  • Open to PhD students only
  • Open to full time students only
  • Open to domestic and international students
  • Student must have a signed Agreement with WaterRA in place when applying for the Award
  • Student must be living in Australia when applying for Award
  • Open to domestic and international students
  • Candidates are to complete and submit an application form once Call for Applications have been announced
  • Fill out application form ensuring content includes work experience, skills/study which relate to the project requirements, leadership examples and demonstration of your motivation to be involved in the water industry
  • Ensure application form and all supplementary documentation including CV and an official academic transcript is attached as ONE document, please note an official transcript may take up to one week or more to obtain – this turnaround time needs to be factored in
  • Ensure your Referees have been notified (preference for academic or employer supervisor referees) before submitting application
  • Applications are assessed and ranked by the Research Leadership Program Advisory Committee (RLPAC)
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview
  • Upon ratification by WaterRA CEO, successful candidate will be advised by phone or email
  • The successful candidate will be publicly announced and awarded at a WaterRA event
  • Submit your application with all requested information and documentation by the requisite due date by EMAIL to Research Capability Manager, Carolyn Bellamy
  • Academic merit
  • Demonstrated initiative
  • Outstanding individual qualities
  • Interview presentation

The late Emeritus Professor Nancy Millis AC MBE was deeply committed to WaterRA and its values since its inception. Appointed Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment from 1995 until 2008, she maintained her involvement through the Education Program and on the Scientific Advisory Committee throughout her career.

A microbiologist of international repute, Nancy made enormous contributions in agriculture, environmental protection, medicine and engineering. As a researcher, she was at the forefront of recognising the importance of clean water and led the development of techniques to treat industrial wastewater.

In 1977, Nancy became a Member of the British Empire (MBE) and in 1990 was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

From 1980 – 2000, Nancy chaired the Federal Government’s generic engineering surveillance committees (RDMC and GMAC), which established guidelines that have become models for other countries in our region.

Nancy broke new ground for Australian women in science when in 1992 she was appointed the first female Chancellor of La Trobe University.

An avid supporter of WaterRA, she sat on judging panels every February during student presentations.  A sharp, witty and singular individual, Nancy is an icon in the water sector and this award is in honour of her tremendous contributions.

Emeritus Professor Nancy Millis AC ME

More Information

Carolyn Bellamy | Research Capability Manager | [email protected]