All referees should have a PhD, or equivalent higher research degree. - No restrictions are placed on the referees regarding nationality or membership of the IET. -The referees should include the originality, significance, timeliness, potential impact and clarity of exposition of the thesis within the nomination form. -The nominee should write a personal statement of less than 1000 words that clearly points out the contribution of the thesis. -Since members of the judging panel reviewing the nominations may not themselves be experts in the field concerned, the statement should make it clear to the generalist why the nominee deserves to receive the award.