Frequently asked questions (Eureka Prizes)
Answers to some of the most common questions.
Citizenship and residency
- Do I have to be Australian?
See each prize page for applicable conditions of entry.
- What does "Australia and its territories mean"?
The definition of Australia and its territories can be found on the Australian Government's website.
- How do I know if I am a finalist?
A list of finalists in each prize will be posted on the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes website four weeks before the Award Dinner. All entrants will be contacted by either email or letter informing them of the outcome of the judging.
- Is there an entry fee?
No. The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are free to enter.
- Can I get an extension to submit my work after the closing date?
Under no circumstances will an extension of the closing date be granted. No entries will be accepted after this time, and no further correspondence will be entered into. We must strictly adhere to this policy to be fair and transparent to everyone who enters a Eureka Prize. Sorry, but we can't be talked around on this one - whether you are a 6 year old school student, or a distinguished scientist - the answer will always be no!
- Does it matter if I exceed the page limits?
Yes. Judges will only consider what has been provided within the parameters (e.g. two page maximum).
- Will you return the supporting materials accompanying my entry following the judging?
Unfortunately, we are not able to return any of the material submitted with your entry.
- Can I nominate myself for a Eureka Prize?
Yes, self-nomination is an acceptable way to enter the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
- Can I submit the same work for different prizes?
No. The same work submitted in more than one prize is ineligible. See each prize page for applicable conditions of entry..
- I have entered or been a finalist for a Eureka Prize in a past year. Can I enter again?
Yes. Non-winning finalist activity is eligible for re-entry, so long as it meets all other conditions of entry, however a project which has been awarded an Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the past cannot be entered again.
- Am I able to receive feedback on my entry?
No. The judges decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- What do I need to submit to enter?
Each prize page includes a 'How to Enter' section which outlines all information required to enter that particular Eureka Prize. Ensure you provide all documentation required for the prize you are entering.
Online entry forms
- I forgot to print out my online entry form. How can I access it?
When you submit your online entry form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a PDF summarising your entry. If you did not receive an email, call us on 02 9320 6483 or send an email.
- I'm having trouble filling out the entry form. What do I do?
Contact us on 02 9320 6483 or send an email for help. Make sure it is before the close of entries, as we cannot help you after entries close.
- I have submitted my online entry form and realised some of the details were incorrect, how do I change it?
Once you have submitted your form, you are unable to change the details. If you feel the changes are critical, contact us on 02 9320 6483 or send an email before the close of entries, as you may need to re-submit your entry.
(Not applicable for Eureka Prizes for journalism, photography and school students)
- Are Assessor reports really that important?
Yes, you must have at least one to be eligible to enter. Judges rely on Assessor reports to provide them with additional perspective and informed opinion on the importance and relevance of your entry. They are a very important part of your application. Don't leave them until the last minute to collect!
- Do I have to include four Assessors' reports?
No, you must submit a minimum of one and maximum of four Assessor reports.
- Who can be an Assessor?
Ideally an Assessor would be a colleague, peer or mentor who is familiar with your work (but not directly involved in it), who can provide judges with additional perspective and informed opinion on your entry. An Assessor should be a respected expert in your field. For the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers it is expected that an Assessor report will be provided by someone who has been mentored by the entrant.
- Can my Assessor send their report directly to you?
No, all Assessor reports must be included in your one supporting document uploaded with your entry. Assessor reports that are not uploaded with an entry before the closing date will not be accepted.
- Does an Assessor report have to be signed?
We understand that Assessor reports are often collected electronically and therefore may not include a hand-written signature. Make sure the report clearly shows the Assessor's name, position and organisation and contact details on letter head or email signature.
- Is an Assessor's report in the form of an email ok to submit?
Yes. Make sure that the email clearly shows the assessor's name, position, organisation and contact details.
- Do Assessors have to be Australian?
No. Assessors can be any nationality.
- Can a nominator also be an Assessor?
Yes. The person who nominates you for an Australian Museum Eureka Prizes can also provide an Assessor report.
Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize
- What if my Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize video is over three minutes long?
Edit, edit, edit! Judges will only consider the first three minutes of an entry that exceeds the time limit.
- Are home educators eligible to enter the Sleek Geek Science Eureka Prize?
Yes. Students that are schooled at home in accordance with the relevant state or territory legislation are eligible for entry.
- How much prize money will I win?
Prize money is divided equally between the winning students and their school. Book vouchers are shared equally by members of the winning team. Plus representatives from the finalist teams will win a trip to Sydney for the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes Award Dinner.
First prize: $4,000 plus a $500 book voucher from Abbey's Bookshop, Sydney
Second Prize: $2,000
Third Prize: $1,000
First prize: $2,000 plus a $500 book voucher from Abbey's Bookshop, Sydney
Second Prize: $1,000
- I am in Year 7, but still at primary school. Should I enter the primary or secondary category?
As you are considered to be in primary school by the state where you attend school, you should enter the primary school category.
- Can I deliver my Sleek Geek Science Eureka Prize hard-copy entry personally to the Australian Museum?
Yes. Please leave your clearly marked entry at the William Street entrance of the Australian Museum before the deadline for hard-copy entries.
- How do I know if you received my Sleek Geek Science Eureka Prize entry in the mail?
We will acknowledge receipt of your hard-copy entry by email within one week of hard-copy entries closing.
- Can I watch past winning entries in the Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize?
Sure. You can view 2014, 2013 or earlier highly commended entries.
- Are there any resources available for teachers?
Yes, there are plenty of resources available. Please see our Teacher Resources page for guides, lesson plans and past entries.
Still have a question?
We are here to help! Contact us on 02 9320 6483 or send an email.
Kea Lambert , Project Officer, Eureka Prizes