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.

The Australian Defence Industry Awards 2021

The Australian Defence Industry Awards acknowledges the contributions made by all defence industry stakeholders.

  • Academic of the Year
  • Engineer of the Year
  • Scientist of the Year
  • Academic institution of the Year

Please review information about each category and eligibility guidelines.  
Applications close on 24th June 2021.

Aspire Awards - APEC

2021 Theme: "Diverse Knowledge for a Sustainable Future"

The theme focuses on researcher insights from indigenous and ethnic minority cultures and communities to help inform new frontiers in science, technology and innovation. This may include research that explores interactions between traditional and contemporary approaches to knowledge and science, as well as applications such as better management of natural resources, healthcare and agricultural systems.

Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to excellence in scientific research, and cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies in subjects such as: biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics, mathematics and other relevant fields.

Please review full eligibility guidelines.  Note applicants must be under the age of 40 (at 31 December 2021).  
Applications close on 26th April 2021.

Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

Rewarding excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science.View the full list of 16 available prizes.  Please review the full list of assessment criteria and conditions of entry for each prize.In all categories entrants can either enter themselves or be nominated by others.  Applications close on 21st May 2021

Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research

This is awarded to a person who has made an outstanding discovery (or discoveries) in clinical or experimental biomedical research that has had an important impact on biomedical science, clinical medicine, or the way in which healthcare is delivered.  Prize $50,000.  Candidates for the Medal must be nominated by professionals within the medical and scientific research community.  More information about the awards can be found here.

Please review full eligibility guidelines.  Self-nomination is not permitted.  Please contact if interested.

Nominations close 17th May (Internal Deadline).

Engineers Australia - Engineer of the Year Awards

  • Professional Engineer of the Year
  • Young Professional Engineer of the Year
  • Engineering Technologist of the Year
  • Young Engineering Technologist of the Year
  • Engineering Associate of the Year
  • Young Engineering Associate of the Year
  • Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Award. - closing 1 July 2021
  • Honorary Fellow - closing 1 July 2021

More information on all available schemes, guidelines and closing dates are available here.
Applications close on 1 June 2021.

Australian Academy of Science

The honorific awards were established to recognise outstanding contributions to the advancement of science at the early, mid and career level. Career awards recognise life-long achievement.

Over 20 schemes are currently open for application.  Some of which include:

  • John Booker Medal (early career in Engineering Science)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award
  • Dorothy Hills Medal (early career - women in Earth Sciences)
  • Fenner Medal (early career - Biology)
  • etc

More information on all available schemes, guidelines and closing dates are available here.
Applications close on 1 May 2021

Australian Academy of the Humanities

Applications are now open for:

More information, guidelines, eligibility and nomination details are available here.  
Please advise if you intend to submit an application.

Applications close on 26th April 2021.

Health Minister's Award for Nursing Trailblazers

Nominations for the 2021 Health Minister’s Award for Nursing Trailblazers are now open.  The first of its kind in Australia, the award acknowledges the vital role nurses play in transforming our country’s health and aged care systems.   To nominate yourself or an innovative colleague please complete the nomination form.

Nominations will close on Sunday 2 May 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.

Awards contact

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

T: +61 2 4921 7293

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