Eureka Prizes

Outstanding Early Career Researcher

The Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher is sponsored by Macquarie University.


The Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher is awarded for outstanding scientific research conducted by an individual or teams of early career researchers.




Macquarie University is home to some of the world's pre-eminent researchers who attract significant research funding to the University. Eighty-five per cent of Macquarie's research activity is regarded by the Australian Government as being of world standard or higher. This international research profile is one of the reasons Macquarie is Australia's highest ranked university under the age of 50 according to the QS World University Rankings.

Macquarie values, recognises and rewards the significant contribution that early career researchers make to their field and to science in Australia.


Entries should specifically address how the work entered meets the following judging criteria:

Originality: Describe how your research is original.

Scientific rigour: Describe the scientific rigour of your research, including evidence that the research has undergone peer-review.

Potential impacts: Describe the potential impacts and benefits of your research.


The prize is open to individuals and teams.

Activity entered for this prize must have been undertaken no more than five (5) years prior to the closing date of entries.

Individuals entering this prize must be 35 years or younger or be no more than five years since being awarded their PhD, at the close of entries. For a team entry, all members must meet these criteria. Individuals may be nominated for their significant role (lead researcher or key researcher) in a team research project, where not all team members meet these criteria.

For entrants whose work has been realised over a period longer than 5 years from PhD award due to career disruption (pregnancy; major illness; or carer responsibilities), the entrant and/or nominator must address this in the entry documentation citing the circumstances of career disruption and demonstrating that the entrant has completed the work within a period of no more than 5 years FTE (full time equivalent) research activity.


Entrants can either enter themselves or be nominated by others. If an entrant is nominated it is important they have the opportunity to provide input to the documentation in support of their nomination.

Activity entered for this prize must have been undertaken in Australia or its territories (as defined by the Australian Government).

For a team entry, the team leader must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the time the research entered was undertaken. Members of the team do not have to be Australian citizens or permanent residents, however, they must have resided predominantly in Australia at the time the activity entered was undertaken. For an entry that is not a team, all entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents at the time the activity entered was undertaken.

To be eligible, entries must contain at least one (1) Assessor report. Assessor reports should be signed and dated by the assessor (electronic signature is acceptable), and include name, position and contact details of the assessor (a letterhead including these details is sufficient). NOTE: Judges rely on Assessor reports to provide additional perspective and informed opinion on entries. Therefore, Assessors should not be personally or directly involved in the activity entered in this prize.

Entry forms must be submitted online and  include one attachment containing all supporting documentation by 7pm AEST Friday 6 May 2016. Any entries received after 7pm AEST Friday 6 May 2016 will not be considered. Entries with incomplete sets of supporting documentation, as per the 'How to Enter' section, will not be considered. Submitted material will not be returned. Hard-copy applications will not be considered.

The activity entered/nominated for this prize may not be entered/nominated for another Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the same year.

A project which has been awarded an Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the past cannot be entered again. Non-winning finalist activity is eligible for re-entry, so long as it meets all other conditions of entry.

The deliberations of the judging panel remain confidential. All recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters.

The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if, in their view, the quality of entries is insufficiently meritorious.

Finalists will be asked to provide photos and a film outlining the work nominated for promotional purposes.

Information provided by the entrant(s) in relation to the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes (including photos and films), may be used by the Australian Museum and/or Macquarie University for promotional/publicity purposes. This may include, and is not restricted to, the information being used on websites, social media, printed material, advertisements, press releases etc. Entrants may also be asked to be involved in additional promotional activities.

Personal information provided to the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes can be used by the Australian Museum and Macquarie University, however such use will only be in connection with the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

No entries will be received or considered after the close of entries. If you experience issues in uploading your entry or have concerns about what has been uploaded, you must contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on (02) 9320 6483 or before the close of entries. The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes cannot modify or add to an entry (including Assessor reports) after the close of entries.

Failure to meet all Conditions of entry will automatically disqualify an entry.


Prepare a single document [Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] containing the following information:

a. Research summary: a brief description of the research entered, including objectives and results to date (two page maximum)

b. Judging criteria: a brief description of how the entrant's activity addresses each of the judging criteria (two page maximum)

c. CV: curriculum vitae of entrant(s) (maximum two pages per CV)

d. Assessor reports: a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of four (4) written reports addressing each of the judging criteria from assessors who are familiar with the entered research (two page maximum per report)

e. Optional publication: You may also include a copy of your work from one externally-refereed scientific publication.

NOTE: Entries with incomplete sets of supporting information will not be considered and judges will only consider what has been provided within the parameters (e.g. two page maximum for each).

2 Submit an online entry form including uploading your supporting document by 7pm AEST Friday 6 May 2016.

When you have successfully uploaded your entry you will receive confirmation via email. If you do not receive confirmation, or if you require further information or assistance, contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on (02) 9320 6483 or email