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



Assessment criteria

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

  1. Scientific rigour and innovative approach (30%)

    Describe the investigative approach undertaken and identify how the entrant has employed approaches not normally used in their field of research.

  2. Originality and significance (30%)

    Identify how the entrant’s research contributes to new insights within its field of science and/or pioneered a new area of enquiry.

  3. Impact and benefit (40%)

    Demonstrate the extent to which the research has:

    • led to a clear impact(s)
    • will influence future Australian and/or global research.

Prize specific conditions of entry

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

Entrants must satisfy at least one of the below criteria:

a) Be 35 years or younger.


b) Have 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 and 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.

Activity entered for this prize must have been published in at least one peer-reviewed article (i.e., published in a scientific journal or similar).

Activity entered for this prize must have been published no more than five (5) years prior to the Entry Deadline. Reference may be made to earlier published work if it is necessary to provide context to the entered work, however it will not be formally considered by the judges.

Category specific conditions of entry – all Research and Innovation Eureka 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.

The entrant 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 this 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 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 entered against the assessment criteria.

  1. Research summary

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

    A statement by the nominator or entrant that provides an overview of the research. Where applicable, please include key dates. The statement should address:

    • Research title
    • Background
    • Objective/s
    • Results to date
    • List of published peer-reviewed articles that directly relate to the activity entered:
    • Where an individual entrant is a joint author, the citation should note if the entrant was the principal author, corresponding author or other.
  2. Assessment criteria

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

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

  3. Assessor reports

    [Statements must be prepared using the template provided.]

    Three (3) statements from assessors on how the activity entered 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. Published article

    Include a copy of one (1) published peer-reviewed article that relates most directly to the activity entered. This article must be among those listed in the ‘Research Summary’ and have been published on or after 6 May 2017. Links to external sites will not be accepted.

  5. 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