Opportunities for scientists—March 2020

April 03, 2020

Academy awards and funding opportunities

Honorific awards, research conferences, research awards and travelling fellowships

Nominations are open for the Academy’s 2021 honorific awards, and applications open for research conferences, research awards and travelling fellowships.

The Academy is committed to celebrating and supporting diversity. It is seeking nominations of outstanding scientists from all career stages, backgrounds and genders, and strongly encourages more nominations of women for all awards, in particular the career and mid-career honorific awards.

Two new career awards are the Ruby Payne-Scott Medal and Lecture and the Suzanne Cory Medal.

The closing date for honorific award nominations is 1 May 2020.

The closing date to apply for research conferences, research awards and travelling fellowships is 1 June 2020.

More information on Academy awards and funding opportunties


Applications are open for the 2020 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE Prize), with this year’s theme being ‘Biodiversity for a Prosperous Economy’. Applicants must be under 40 at the end of 2020 and be an Australian citizen, or an Australian permanent resident who is a citizen of an APEC member economy and living in Australia at the time of application.

More information on the APEC ASPIRE Prize

Applications close 24 April 2020

External awards

Jian Zhou Medal

The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences Jian Zhou Medal is awarded annually to a rising star of Australian health and medical science who is making a significant impact in translational medical science, primarily working in Australia. The Medal is awarded at the Academy’s annual meeting each October and recipients receive financial support for their travel costs to enable them to attend.

More information on the Jian Zhou Medal

Applications close 30 April 2020

South Australian Space Scholarships

Entrepreneurs and innovators will have the opportunity to further their career in space-related programs with the support of a $20,000 South Australian Space Industry Centre’s 2020 Space Scholarship. Part of the Space Innovation Fund, the program provides up to $100,000 worth of scholarships each year for citizens or residents of South Australia.

Applications close 30 April 2020

More information on the 2020 Space Scholarship Program

Young Tall Poppies

The  Australian Instititute of Policy and Science has extended the closing date for Young Tall Poppy nominations (there is no age limit; ‘young’ is qualified as in terms of research career and not biological age). 

Nominations close 30 April 2020

More information on Young Tall Poppy nominations

Queen Elizabeth Prize in Engineering

Rewards and celebrates an individual (or up to five individuals) responsible for an innovation that has been of global benefit to humanity—£1 Million               

Applications open 30 April 2020

More information on the Queen Elizabeth Prize in Engineering

Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes closing date has been extended. The prizes reward excellence in the fields of research and innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science. 

Applications close 15 May 2020

More information on the Eureka Prizes

See more external awards and prizes

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