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- The 2019 awards are open to residents of the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia working in all fields of science, including biomedical, engineering, mathematics, technology and other applied or cross disciplinary sciences. Applicants from the social/behavioural sciences will be considered if their research demonstrates significant scientific, analytical rigour.
- Nominations from those working in industry or policy sectors and demonstrating an equally high level of research achievement to those in research institutions are encouraged.
- Nominees should hold a PhD. The selection committee will consider exceptions based on evidence of equivalent experience in industry.
- Nominees must have completed their PhD within ten years of the nomination closing date.
- The selection committee will take into account personal or extenuating circumstances that might provide grounds for consideration outside the above criterion. Please include details about career interruptions in the nomination form, e.g. due to carer’s leave or ill health.
- Nominees should currently be working in Australia and have undertaken a significant portion of their postgraduate research in Australia, and be committed to carrying out their research/work in Australia in the year following their presentation, to allow them to participate in outreach activities. Only individual scientists are eligible (not research teams).
- Self-nominations are not eligible.
- Nominees must be either permanent residents or citizens of Australia. New Zealand citizens may also apply, subject to fulfilling the criteria above.