The 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science is awarded to a scientist who has used their leadership skills to create impact inside their institution, amongst their peers, within their discipline or in the wider community.




Through this prize, 3M Australia would like to recognise and encourage the science leaders of the next generation who are charged with tackling some of our greatest population challenges like a changing climate, the depletion of natural resources, an ageing population and exponential population growth, while maintaining Australia's competitive advantage.

3M is a company that brings science and technology together to create more than 55,000 products that make lives easier and better around the world. Over the past 116 years, 3M has evolved into a global powerhouse driven by innovation & integrity. Science is at the heart of everything we do. We are a leader among corporations that use science to make amazing things. We work with our customers and each other to fulfil human needs before many even realise they exist. No one applies science to life the way we do. This is what makes us 3M.

Judging criteria

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

  1. Evidence of a clear vision
  2. Skills in mobilising others
  3. Proof of commitment, energy and passion
  4. Demonstration of leadership impact
  5. Quality of Assessor reports

Prize specific conditions of entry

To be eligible individuals must be either:

a) 35 years or younger;


b) no more than five (5) years since being awarded your PhD, at the close of entries.

For entrants whose work has been realised over a period longer than five (5) years from PhD conferral due to a career interruption (such as pregnancy; major illness/injury; or carer responsibilities), the entrant or nominator must address this in the online entry form. Please cite dates and details for each interruption and demonstrate that the entrant has completed the work within a period of no more than five (5) years FTE (full time equivalent) research activity. Your response does not need to elaborate on any personal or confidential information.

General conditions of entry - Leadership prizes

This prize is open only to individuals. Entries consisting of more than one individual are ineligible.

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) by a) an Australian citizen, b) an Australian permanent resident, or c) a New Zealand citizen who is a resident in Australia, at the time the activity entered was undertaken.

To be eligible, entries must contain at least two (2) Assessor reports. Assessor reports must be signed and dated by the assessor and include name, position and contact details (phone, email and postal address) of the assessor (a letterhead including these details is sufficient). Please ask the assessor to hand sign the letter, then scan and email it to you for inclusion in your single-entry document.

NOTE: Judges rely on Assessor's reports to provide a range of additional perspectives 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 3 May 2019. Any entries received after 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2019 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.

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 in relation to the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes (including photos and films), may be used by the Australian Museum and/or 3M 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 3M, 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 problems uploading your entry or have concerns about what has been uploaded, you must contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on (02) 9320 6230 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.

How to enter

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

    a. Personal profile: a brief personal profile on the entrant (two page maximum)

    b. Activity summary: a brief description of the entrant's activity, including objectives and results to date (two page maximum)

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

    d. Assessor reports: a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of four (4) written reports addressing each of the judging criteria from assessors who are familiar with the entered work (two page maximum per report).

    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 3 May 2019.

    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 6230 or email