Awards and prizes

The University of Newcastle is home to some of the world’s most well-regarded researchers and educators.

Our researchers have won high-profile awards for their work in engineering, cancer prevention, nutrition education, asthma prevention, education initiatives, humanities, and much more.

The Academic Excellence Sharepoint site contains links to award opportunities (external and Internal).

Upcoming research awards

To express your interest in applying for any of the opportunities list below, please contact for nomination details.

NHMRC Biennial Awards

NHMRC is seeking nominations of high achieving individuals and groups from our health and medical research sector for consideration for its 2021 Biennial Awards. NHMRC awards recognise outstanding leadership, innovation and sector contribution, and include the:

NHMRC also seeks submission from the sector of digital scientific images for the NHMRC Science to Art Award — a competition that highlights the artistic beauty of Australian health and medical research.

More information and the online nomination form can be found on the NHMRC website.​​​​​​​  
Applications close at 5pm on 1st April 2021.

Young Tall Poppy Science Awards

The annual Young Tall Poppy Science Awards were created to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Australian scientists. Recipients of the Young Tall Poppy Science Awards (referred to as ‘Tall Poppies’) promote interest in science among students in all stages of learning, teachers and peers. Tall Poppies also provide understanding and an appreciation of science in the broader community

More information and a copy of the nomination form are available here.

Please advise if you are submitting an application.  Applications close at 5pm on 6th April 2021.

Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

The Prime Minister's Prizes for Science are Australia’s most prestigious and highly regarded awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation, excellence in science teaching.

There are 5 Science Prizes for science and innovation:

  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Science ($250,000)
  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation ($250,000)
  • Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year ($50,000)
  • Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year ($50,000)
  • Prize for New Innovators ($50,000)

For more information on eligibility criteria, including for nominees, nominators and supporters please refer to section 4 of the Science Prizes Grant opportunity guidelines. Please ensure you read the guidelines before filling out a nomination.

Please advise if you are submitting an application. Applications close on 9th March 2021.

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australian & New Zealand Fellowships

Targeted towards early career researchers, with five years or less post-doctoral experience.   Successful applicants are usually at least a year or two into their post-doctoral career and have several high impact publications and other recognition of their research.

The fields of research covered are life sciences (including medical sciences), physical sciences, computer science, engineering and mathematics.

Please advise if you are submitting an application.  Applications close on 1st March 2021.

BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize fundamental contributions in a broad array of areas of scientific knowledge, technology, humanities and artistic creation, as listed in point 2 of these call conditions.

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards, undertaken in collaboration with the Spanish National REsearch Council (CSIC), recognise and reward world-class research and artistic creation, prizing contributions of singular impact for their originality and significance.

Categories include:

  • Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics)
  • Biology and Biomedicine
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Climate Change
  • Economics, Finance and Management
  • Humanities* and Social Sciences
  • Music and Opera

* In Humanities and Social Sciences, the award will alternate annually between these two disciplinary domains, with this fourteenth edition dedicated to the Social Sciences.

Please advise if you are submitting an application.  Applications close on 30 June 2021.

Additional award opportunities

View the below newsletters to view a list of schemes open for applications in the relevant month

Awards contact

Leanne Vaughan, Awards Coordinator
Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic Excellence

T: +61 2 4921 7293