The Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science is awarded to an individual scientist who has used their leadership skills to create impact within their discipline or more broadly.



Assessment criteria

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

  1. Vision and strategy (20%)

    Identify and provide evidence of the extent to which the entrant has employed a clear vision and strategy.

  2. Skills in mobilising others (20%)

    Identify and provide evidence of the extent to which the entrant has mobilised others.

  3. Innovation and entrepreneurship (20%)

    Identify and provide evidence of the extent to which the entrant has carried out innovation and entrepreneurship in their workplace.

  4. Impact (20%)

    Demonstrate the extent to which the entrant’s leadership activities have led to a clear impact.

  5. Energy, passion and commitment (20%)

    Describe and provide evidence of the entrant’s energy, passion and commitment to leadership over time.

Prize specific conditions of entry

To be eligible, individuals must satisfy at least one of the below criteria:

a) be 35 years or younger;


b) Been awarded their PhD (or equivalent first higher degree e.g., D.Phil., D.Psych., D.Sc) no more than five (5) years prior to prize entry i.e. between 2017 – 2022. For entrants whose work has been realised over a period longer than five (5) years from PhD conferral due to a career interruption, the entrant will have the opportunity to address this in the online entry form.

For the purposes of this prize, a ‘career interruption’ is defined as a continuous absence from work for a period of more than one month. Where an entrant has one or more career interruptions, the five (5) year requirement will be extended by the length of the career interruption.

The following significant and not overlapping interruptions will be considered:

  • Pregnancy
  • Major illness/injury
  • Carer’s responsibilities
  • Non-research employment not concurrent with research employment
  • Disruption due to international relocation (maximum three months per international location)
  • Other reasons set out in the online entry form in the AM’s absolute discretion.

Category specific conditions of entry – all Leadership Eureka 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.

Entrants must be a) an Australian citizen, b) an Australian permanent resident or c) a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia, at the time the activity entered was undertaken.

Activity entered for a Eureka Prize must have been undertaken in Australia or its territories (as defined by the Australian government).

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 or activity 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.

In addition to the prize and category specific conditions of entry all entrants need to comply with the General Terms and Conditions of Entry.

Entry materials

Each entry must include the following information. All information provided will be used by the judging panel to assess the activity against the assessment criteria.

  1. Activity summary

    [2 pages (maximum); 2cm margins (minimum); Size 11 font (minimum)]

    A statement from the nominator or entrant that provides an overview of the leadership activities, including objectives and results to date.

  2. Assessment criteria

    [2 pages (maximum); 2cm margins (minimum); Size 11 font (minimum)]

    A statement by the nominator or entrant on how the activity addresses each of the assessment criterion.

  3. Assessor reports

    [Reports must be prepared using the template provided]
    Three (3) reports from assessors on how the activity addresses each of the assessment criterion. Judges rely on assessor reports to provide an additional perspective and informed opinion on the activity entered, therefore assessors should not be personally or directly involved in it. Assessors should be selected from a variety of different organisations.

    Download Assessor Report template (.doc or .pdf format)

  4. Curriculum vitae (CV)

    [2 pages (maximum); 2cm margins (minimum); Size 11 font (minimum)]

    The CV of the entrant.

How to enter

Entries for the 2022 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes closed 7pm AEST Friday 6 May 2022.

Contact the Eureka Prizes team