External sources of recognition

This page contains a list of prizes and awards managed by other organisations. The Academy is not responsible for the content of external organisations' websites, and this list is not exhaustive.

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Where an exact date is not provided for a nomination deadline, the month traditionally used for the deadline is provided for reference.


Awarding body

Nomination deadline

Brief description


Order of Australia Honours

Australian Government

Rolling deadline - appointments in the Order of Australia are announced on Australia Day and on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday in June.

Nominations received from the public to recognise people who have contributed above and beyond to the Australian community or humanity at large. To encourage diverse representation of the community, nominations of women are being sought.

The Volvo Environment Prize

The Volvo Environment Prize Foundation

10 January 2021

Awarded to people who have made outstanding scientific achievements within the area of environment and sustainability - SEK $1.5 million (approximately $230,000 AUD)

Lefoulon-Delalande Grand Prize

Lefoulon-Delalande Institut de France

11 January 2021

Awarded to scientists who have made a significant scientific contribution in physiology, biology or cardiovascular medicine - €600 000

A.M Turing Award

Association for Computing Machinery

January 15, 2021 - End of Day, Anywhere on Earth (AoE)

Technical award given for major contributions of a technical nature to the computing community - US $1 million

AOGS Axford Medal

Asia Oceania Geosciences Society

19 January 2021

Awards outstanding achievements in geosciences and unselfish cooperation and leadership in Asia and Oceania

Welch Award in Chemistry

Welch Foundation

29 January 2021

Awards important chemical research contributions which have had a significant, positive influence on mankind -US $500,000

The Royal Society Awards

The Royal Society

15 February 2021

Copley Medal
Given for an outstanding achievement in any field of the physical sciences.

Royal Medal
For outstanding achievements in the biological, physical and applied sciences.

Croonian Medal and Lecture
Awarded to a scientist to give a lecture in their field of the biological sciences.

Bakerian Medal and Lecture
Awarded to a scientist to give a lecture in their field of the physical sciences.

Buchanan Medal
For distinguished contributions to the biomedical sciences.

Darwin Medal
For work of acknowledged distinction in evolution, population biology, organismal biology and biological diversity.

Francis Crick Medal and Lecture
Given on any field in the biological science.

Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture 
Given to an outstanding researcher in the field of engineering. 

Davy Medal
For an outstanding researcher in the field of chemistry..

Hughes Medal
Awarded to an outstanding researcher in the field of energy.

Royal Society Milner Award and Lecture
For outstanding achievement in computer science by a European researcher.

Rumford Medal
For an outstanding researcher in the field of physics.

Sylvester Medal
For an outstanding researcher in the field of mathematics. 

Gabor Medal
Awarded for acknowledged distinction of interdisciplinary work between life sciences with other disciplines.

Kavli Medal and Lecture
For excellence in all fields of science and engineering relevant to the environment.

Michael Faraday Medal and Lecture
For a scientist or engineer whose expertise in communicating scientific ideas in lay terms is exemplary. 

Royal Society Africa Prize
To recognise outstanding research scientists based in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the sciences which contributes significantly to capacity building in Africa.

Royal Society David Attenborough Award and Lecture
or outstanding public engagement with science.

Royal Society Mullard Award
For individuals whose work has the potential to make a contribution to national prosperity.

Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture
To support the promotion of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and Lecture
Given on a subject relating to the history of science, philosophy of science or the social function of science.

Wise Prize for Education

Quatar Foundation

February (Biennial - next award in 2021)

Awarded for significant and lasting impact upon education at any level, demonstrating an inspiring and visionary approach – US $500 000

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia & New Zealand Fellowships

L'Oréal and UNESCO


The Fellowships are intended to provide practical help for the winners to undertake a one year research project in their chosen fields. Winners may choose to spend their funding on buying scientific equipment, paying for child care costs, conference & travel costs or other items they may need to continue their research - four Australian Fellowships and one New Zealand Fellowship valued at $25,000 

Keio Medical Science Prize

Keio University Medical Science Fund


Awarded in the fields of basic medicine, clinical medicine, or life sciences closely related to medicine - 10 Million Yen

Prime Minister's Prizes for Science

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources


Nominations sought for Australia's national science and teaching awards: total pool of $750,000 in prize monies and an embossed medallion and lapel pin. 

  • The Prime Minister's Prize for Science

  • The Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation

  • The Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year

  • The Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year

  • Prize for New Innovators

  • The Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools

  • The Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools

TWAS Prizes

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)


Awarded to individual scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least 10 years in the fields of agricultrual sciences, biology, chemistry, earth, astronomy and space sciences, engineering sciences, mathematics, medical sciences, physics and social sciences - US $10,000 each

TWAS-Siwei Cheng Prize

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)


Recognising economic scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least 10 years - US $10,000

V. Ambartsumian International Prize

Republic of Armenia National Academy of Sciences


Is awarded to outstanding scientists having significant contribution in physical-mathematical sciences from any country and nationality- US $300 000

The Advance Awards



The Advance Awards recognise and celebrate the work of global Australians and alumni of Australian universities around the world who exhibit remarkable talent, exceptional vision and ambition at any stage of their career.

King Faisal International Prize

The King Faisal Foundation


Prizes in different fields of science and medicine - US $200 000.

Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister's Prize

Ministry of Science, Technology and Space


Awarded yearly to individual(s) for global innovation or a scientific or technology breakthrough in the field of alternative fuels for transportation - US $1,000,000

Mathematics Breakthrough Prize



  • The Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics is given annually to an individual making significant accomplishments in mathematics - $3 million.

  • The New Horizons in Mathematics Prize is designated for early-career researchers - $100,000.

  • The Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize will be presented to women mathematicians who have completed their PhDs within the past two years - $50,000.

Fundamental Physics Breakthrough Prize



  • The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics is given annually for accomplishments in fundamental physics broadly defined, including advances in closely related fields with deep connections to physics - $3 million 

  • The New Horizons Prize is designated for junior researchers - $100,000 

Life Sciences Breakthrough Prize



The Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences are given annually for accomplishments in life sciences broadly defined. Up to four annual Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences – $3 million each.

International Prize for Biology

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


Awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contribution to the advancement of research in fundamental biology – 10 million Yen

Tall Poppy Science Awards

Australian Institute of Policy and Science


Recognising excellence in early career researchers across all the sciences, alongside a passion and capacity to communicate science to the community. Nominations are for scientists under 35 years of age with between two and 10 years postdoctoral experience.

Lasker Award

Lasker Foundation


Awarded in Basic Medical Research, Clinical Medical Research, and Public Service Award
- US $250 000

TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)


Awarded to scientists living and working in the developing countries for outstanding scientific achievements in engineering sciences - US $100,000, medal and certificate

The Jian Zhou Medal

Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences


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.

Le Grand Priz de la Fondation de la Maison de la Chemie

Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie


Rewards an original work in chemistry, of benefit to mankind, society or nature – €35,000

Australian Museum Eureka Prize

Australian Museum


Awarded in: research & innovation, leadership, science communication & journalism and school science
- $10 000

The Georgina Sweet Awards for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science

The University of Melbourne


Four awards of $25,000 each will be made each year to Australian female researchers who demonstrate excellence in the area of quantitative biomedical science. An additional two awards of $25,000 each will be made for Excellence in Inclusivity, recognizing Women in Biomedical Science who have a strong track record in research and who have demonstrated the importance of inclusion and diversity.

KNAW Bob Pinedo Cancer Care Award

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences


Awarded to a researcher (or team of researchers) whose contribution to (translational) cancer research and compassionate cancer patient - €100,000

The John Maddox Prize

Sense about Science


Awarded to researchers who have shown great courage and integrity in standing up for science and scientific reasoning against fierce opposition and hostility. Each year there is one winner, and an additional prize for an early career researcher - £3000.

Premi Ramon Margalef d'Ecologia

Generalitat de Catelunya


Awarded to either individuals or to legal persons or groups that have made significant contributions to the development of the ecological sciences

Resilient Australia Award

Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience


Recognises and promotes initiatives that strengthen community disaster resilience.

Science Excellence Awards South Australia

Government of South Australia


Awarded to high achievers in research, industry and education in South Australia. The South Australian Scientist of the Year and the South Australian Innovator of the year will receive $25,000 prize money and winners of all other categories will receive $10,000

Bower Award and Prize for achievement in Science

The Franklin Institute


The theme for 2021 is “Decision-Making”. Awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to the scientific understanding of decision-making — US $250,000

Prince Mahidol Award

Government of Thailand


Awarded to individual(s) or institutions(s) for their outstanding performance and/or research in medicine that contributes directly to the betterment of society. There will be one award in medicine and one in public health - US $100,000

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards

L'Oréal and UNESCO


Recognizes and promotes established women scientists whose outstanding achievements have contributed to the advancement of scientific knowledge and of its benefits to society and provide support to promising young women who are already making significant contributions in their scientific disciplines. 

Letten Prize

The Letten Foundation


A prize for young researchers working within the fields of health, environment, development and equality in all aspects of human life. Winner is awarded 2 million NOK (approx. 215000 EUR /260000 USD)

Ilse & Helmut Wachter Award

Ilse & Helmut-Wachter-Foundation of the Innsbruck Medical University


Scientific achievements in all fields of medicine – €15 000

RACI National Awards

Royal Australian Chemical Institute


Awarded in five categories: Academia, Distinction, Education, Women in Chemistry and Young Scientists.


  • C.S. Piper Award is awarded to a full member of the RACI for the best published original research work carried out mainly in Australia in the fields of either soil chemistry or the mineral nutrition of plants. Awarded every second year - next award in 2021.

  • H.G. Smith Memorial Award is awarded to a member of the RACI who has contributed most to the development of some branch of chemical science.

  • Rennie Memorial Medal is awarded for excellence in research in Chemical Science.


  • Applied Research Award is awarded to a full member of the RACI who has contributed significantly towards the development of, or innovation through, applied research, or in industrial fields.

  • Citations is awarded to a member of the RACI who has made substantial contributions to chemistry, and especially to the progress of the profession over a period of many years.

  • Distinguished Fellowship Award is awarded in recognition of highly distinguished contributions to the profession of academia, government or industry.

  • Leighton Memorial Medal is awarded to a Chartered Member of the RACI in recognition of eminent services to chemistry in Australia in the broadest sense.

  • Weickhardt Medal: Distinguished Contribution to Economic Advancement is awarded to a full member of the RACI who has contributed significantly towards the economic advancement of the Australian economy through work in the chemistry area.


  • Centenary of Federation Teaching Awards in Chemistry is awarded for recognition and reward of outstanding excellence in the teaching of chemistry in Australia at both primary and secondary school levels.

  • Fensham Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Chemical Education recognises outstanding contributions to the teaching of chemistry and science in general over an extended period.

  • RACI Chemistry Educator of the Year Award is designed to encourage developing teachers, and is open to tutors, lecturers and senior lecturers (acadmeic levels A, B and C) in teaching in undergraduate or postgraduate University courses.

Women in Chemistry

  • Margaret Sheil Leadership Award is in recognition of an outstanding female leader working a chemistry-related field including academia, teaching, and the public or private sector who has helped to inspire and mentor junior female chemists and/or help to provide a more equitable work place.

  • Rita Cornforth Leadership award is awarded to an outstanding female Early Career chemist in recognition of outstanding contribution to chemical research in any sphere, including industry, the public sector and academia.

Young Chemists

  • Cornforth Medal is awarded to the candidate who is judged to have completed the most outstanding PhD thesis in a branch of chemistry, chemical science or chemical technology under the auspices of an Australian University and whose degree has been approved, but not necessarily conferred, in the previous 13 months.

Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology



The international Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is awarded annually to one young scientist for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology conducted during the past three years - US $25,000

Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation

Victoria State Government


Recognises leadership, determination and creativity, highlighting the many ways in which research and development of international significance are conducted in Victoria - $50,000

Victoria Fellowships

Victoria State Government


Recognises the important role of innovation in Victoria's economic future and the need for Victorians to be skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics - $18,000

BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

BBVA Foundation


Awarded in basic sciences (physics, chemistry, mathematics), biology and biomedicine, information and communication technologies, ecology and conservation biology, climate change - €400 000

CSL Florey Medal

Australian Institute of Policy and Science


Awarded to an Australian biomedical researcher for significant lifetime achievements in biomedical science and/or human health advancement for research conducted primarily in Australia - $50,000

2021 Australian of the Year Awards

National Australia Day Council


Celebrates the contributions of those leading Australians who excel in their chosen field or who make outstanding achievements for the betterment of others.

Queen Elizabeth Prize in Engineering

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation


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

Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research

National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia


The National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia awards and celebrates two exceptional mid-career stem cell researchers with the Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research. The prizes recognise and honour the exceptional contribution made to stem cell research by Emeritus Professor Donald Metcalf, AC, FRS, FAA.

Millennium Technology Prize

Technology Academy Finland


The Millennium Technology Prize is presented every two years and awarded for a technological breakthrough made anywhere in the world. The innovation shall help to solve the great challenges of humanity while also being environmentally sustainable - € 1 million

Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize

Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science and the World Health Organisation


The prize aims to honour individuals or organisations with outstanding achievements in the fields of medical research or medical services - 100 million Yen

The Abel Prize

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

15 September annually - nominations received after this date are considered in the subsequent year.

The Abel Prize recognizes outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics, including mathematical aspects of computer science, mathematical physics, probability, numerical analysis and scientific computing, statistics, and also applications of mathematics in the sciences. - US $1 Million

Lurie Prize in the Biomedical Sciences

National Institutes of Health (FNIH)


Recognises outstanding achievements by young biomedical research scientists - US $100 000

Wolf Prize

Wolf Foundation


Nomination to the wolf prize is by invitation only. Awarded to outstanding scientists for their achievements for the benefit of mankind in the following fields in 2021: Chemistry, Physics and Medicine - US $100,000 in each prize area

Indigenous STEM Awards



The Indigenous STEM Awards recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and scientists who are studying and working in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field, as well as the integral role schools, teachers and mentors have in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in pursuing STEM education and careers. The awards also recognise the immense value of connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with inspirational STEM role models, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

InBev-Balliet Latour Health Prize

InBev-Balliet Latour Foundation


The prize recognises outstanding scientific achievements in biomedical research for the benefit of human health - €250 000

Canada Gairdner International Awards

Gairdner Foundation


The Canada Gairdner International Award recognizes outstanding researchers whose unique scientific contributions have increased the understanding of human biology and disease and contributed to the relief of human suffering - CN $100 000

The Danone International Prize for Alimentation

Danone Institute


The purpose of the Danone International Prize for Alimentation is to encourage and support cutting edge, innovative and multidisciplinary scientific research in Alimentation - € 100 000

Heineken Prizes

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences


Awarding prizes for biochemistry and biophysics, medicine and environmental sciences - US $200,000 in each category.

Dan David Award

Dan David Foundation

30 November 2020

Three prizes of one million US dollars each are granted annually in the fields chosen for the three time dimensions. The prizes are granted to individuals or institutions with proven, exceptional, distinct excellence in the sciences, arts, humanities, public service, and business, that have made and continue to make an outstanding contribution to humanity on the basis of merit, without discrimination of gender, race, religion, nationality, or political affiliation.

IUPAC  distinguished women in chemistry or chemical engineering

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

1 December 2020

The award acknowledges and promotes the work of women in chemistry/chemical engineering worldwide

Gruber Prizes

The Gruber Foundation

15 December 2020

Honours individuals in the fields of cosmology, genetics and neuroscience, whose ground-breaking work provides new models that inspire and enable fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture - US $500 000 for each category

Mahathir Science Award

Mahathir Science Award Foundation and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia

30 December 2020

Awarded to an individual or group in recognition of contributions and innovations towards solving problems in the tropics through Science, Technology and Innovation.The call for nominations is now open for the Tropical Agriculture and Tropical Architecture and Engineering categories - US $100,000

Kavli Prizes

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters


Kavli prizes acknowledge outstanding scientific achievements in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience – US $1 million

Albert Einstein World Award of Science

World Cultural Council


Recognises those who have accomplished scientific and technological achievements which have brought progress to science and benefit to mankind - US $10 000

José Vasconcelos Award

World Cultural Council


Is granted to a renowned educator, an authority in the field of teaching, or to a legislator of education policies who has had a significant influence on the advancement in the scope of culture for mankind - US $10 000

Buys Ballot Medal

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

December (nominations received every 10 years, last awarded in 2014). Next nomination year is 2023.

The Buys Ballot Medal was established to promote advancements in meteorology and is awarded once every 10 years.

Fields Medal

International Mathematical Union

December (nominations received every four years, last awarded in 2018). Next nomination year 2021.

The Fields Medal is awarded every four years on the occasion of the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognise outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement - US $15 000

The Benjamin Franklin Medal

The Franklin Institute

Rolling deadline

Awarded across seven disciplines of science: chemistry, computer and cognitive science, Earth and environmental science, electrical engineering, life science, civil and mechanical engineering, and physics - US $250 000

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