Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

The call for nominations are currently closed

Science and Industry Endowment Fund—Australian Academy of Science Fellowships to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting with Nobel Laureates from the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine and physiology

28 June - 3 July 2020


Applications for the 2020 Meeting are now closed.

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Important notice

Nominations will be considered by an Australian Academy of Science selection panel and a maximum of 15 short-listed nominations will be recommended to the Council for Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. The final decision regarding attendance at the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will be made by the Council for Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Decisions are based on the assessed competitiveness of the application. The Academy is not able to enter into discussion or correspondence regarding the reasons why an application is successful or not.

The Lindau Council Review Panel has previously rejected applicants who did not put sufficient effort in completing their profile and in providing information for the reviewers.

Terms of award

The successful candidates will receive a grant-in-aid from the Academy up to AUD6,750 (GST exclusive) towards the cost of:

  • an international return economy airfare from Australia to the international airport closest to Lindau (up to AUD3,500)
  • participation (including accommodation) in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (up to AUD3,250).

All successful candidates are expected to attend the full program of events of the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting. Delegates will need to arrive in Lindau before the opening ceremony on Sunday 28 June 2020 and depart after the close of the program on Friday 3 July 2020. Delegates will then have the opportunity to take part in a SIEF Research Innovation tour, visiting relevant laboratories and businesses in Germany, concluding on the morning of Friday July 10 2020. The tour is also funded by the Science and Industry Endowment Fund.

In addition, successful candidates are invited and expected to attend Science at the Shine Dome, an annual celebration of science held at the Academy of Science in Canberra. This will involve a briefing for the selected young scientists by Fellows of the Academy prior to the Lindau meeting. A travel grant of up to $500 will be provided by the Academy to assist with travel and accommodation costs. The registration fee, including attendance at specific Early Career Researcher events, is covered by the Australian Academy of Science.The program does not provide funds for bench fees, managerial, insurance or visa costs.


Ideal applicants will demonstrate a strong commitment to their principal field of studies and to interdisciplinary work, for example by double degrees or interdisciplinary projects.

The application must be submitted by the Research Office (or equivalent) of the institution. Each institution is limited to applying for two grants on behalf of two early career researchers. Eligible institutions include Australian universities, Australian publicly-funded research organisations and research-focused institutions. Students are asked to submit their applications to their relevant research office for selection. Submissions directly from students to the Academy will not be considered.

  1. Applications are open to eligible Australian-based early career researchers, specifically:
    • applicants currently enrolled in a research higher degree* at an Australian University
    • applicants who have (1) undertaken a research higher degree* and the applicant’s most recent higher degree has been conferred for less than three years and are (2) working in an Australian university, Australian publicly-funded research organisation or research-focused institution.
      The above must be current at the date of the Lindau Meeting. Please note that selection will favour applicants currently undertaking doctoral studies or postdoctoral fellowships.
      *Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
  2. Applicants must be aged 35 years or younger at the time of the meeting.
  3. Applicants will not hold a permanent position (in particular professorships).

Reporting requirements

Successful applicants will be required to submit a report and provide evidence demonstrating that the funds have been appropriately expended within one month of the completion of the meeting.

Materials to be submitted

  • Application form
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum two pages)
  • Recent publication list, including conference presentations (maximum two pages)
  • Letter of recommendation from your academic advisor or internationally renowned scientist, including the specialist scientific expertise of the referee. A strong letter of support which highlights achievements such as academic excellence, conference publications, tutoring experience, awards received, print publications, extra-curricular activities and any other items of note specific to you is essential.

Applicants are to submit all documentation to their relevant research offices to be considered for nomination. Each research office is able to nominate a maximum of 2 researchers to the Academy.

Research offices please return the nomination forms and supporting documentation via email to

The deadline for nominations is 5pm AEST on Friday September 27th 2019.

More information

For more information, contact:

Phone: +61(0)2 6201 9484

National Committees
Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783
Canberra ACT 2601

This project is supported by the Science and Industry Endowment Fund.

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Important note regarding diversity of the Australian Lindau delegation

The Australian Academy of Science strives for gender equity in science and considers both scientific excellence and a range of diversity issues including gender balance in the selection of the SIEF-AAS Fellows. However, the final selection of attendees is at the discretion of the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meetings committee. To learn more about the Academy’s efforts to address gender equity in the STEMM sector, please visit The SAGE initiative. It should be noted that the Academy has an Equity and Diversity Reference Group.

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