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




For Australia to achieve truly outstanding research and innovation, it relies on the contributions of our young up-and-coming researchers. Researchers in the early stages of their careers make significant contributions to our research endeavour in both fundamental and applied research, offering innovative solutions to some of the world’s most difficult challenges today – climate change, the aging population, availability of water to name just a few, and being ready to demonstrate true innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher celebrates the achievements of our early career researchers, both recognising and rewarding them for their very significant contributions. The prize is intended to encourage and support earlier career researchers in their development of successful longer-term research into the future to ensure the best outcomes for Australian research.

Macquarie University has an outstanding record in undertaking excellent research. With significant impact in research across science and engineering, as well as medicine and health, Macquarie University is committed to developing the careers of early career researchers and has provided dedicated resources and programs to create pathways for future world leading researchers.

Judging criteria

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

  1. Originality of research

    Describe the extent to which the research contributes new insights and novel outcomes

  2. Innovative approaches

    Describe how has the research demonstrated a conceptual or investigative approach that is innovative

  3. Impact of the research

    Demonstrate the extent to which the research has led to a clear impact

  4. Research for the future

    Describe how this research will influence Australian and global research

Prize specific conditions of entry

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

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

To be eligible individuals must be either:

a) 35 years or younger;


b) no more than five (5) years since being awarded their 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 - Research & Innovation prizes

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 either a) an Australian citizen, b) an Australian permanent resident, or c) a New Zealand citizen who was resident in Australia, at the time the research entered was undertaken. Members of the team do not have to fulfil these requirements; however, they must have resided predominantly in Australia at the time the activity entered was undertaken. For an entry that is not a team, entrant must be an a) Australian citizen, b) Australian permanent resident or c) New Zealand citizen residing 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 (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 3 May 2019. Any entries received after 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2019 will not be eligible for consideration. 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 or nominated for this prize may not be entered or nominated for another Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the same year.

A project that 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 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 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. 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 two (2) 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 full text copy of your work from one internationally respected, externally-refereed scientific journal, book or equivalent electronic publication. Links to external sites are not recommended.

    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