Dorothy Hill Medal


The call for nominations is currently open

Closing date

May 01 2024 - 11:59 PM AEST

Nominations for the 2025 round are now open.

Award background and eligibility

The Dorothy Hill Medal honours the contributions of the late Professor Dorothy Hill AC CBE FAA FRS to Australian Earth science and her work in opening up tertiary science education to women. Professor Hill became Australia's first woman Professor in 1959 when she became Professor of Geology at the University of Queensland. Professor Hill also became the first Australian woman Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (1956), the Royal Society of London (1965), and she became the first woman president of the Australian Academy of Science (1970). The Academy acknowledges the generous sponsorship provided by The Geological Society of Australia, the University of Queensland, the Brisbane Girls' Grammar School, the Association of Australasian Palaeontologists, Rio Tinto and Woodside Energy.

The award supports research in the Earth sciences, by women researchers up to 10 years post PhD in the calendar year of nomination, except in the case of significant interruptions to a research career. An honorarium of $3000 is offered.

The award may be made annually, for research carried out mainly in Australia. It is restricted to candidates who are normally resident in Australia and who have the potential to further contribute to a better understanding of Australian Earth science.

Candidates may be put forward for more than one award. If a proposed candidate is already the recipient of an Academy early-career honorific award, they will not be eligible for nomination for another early-career or mid-career honorific award. A mid-career honorific award recipient will also not be eligible for nomination for another mid-career honorific award. Fellows of the Academy are ineligible to be nominated for early and mid-career awards


Please submit your nominations using the Nominate button found on the left of this webpage.

Please note: From February 2024, the Academy is using a new nomination platform that is external to the main Academy site. Nominators will be required to create an account on the platform. Even if you are familiar with the nomination process, please allow extra time to familiarise yourself with the new platform.


Formerly known as The Dorothy Hill Award

Principal partner

University of Queensland


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