Premier's Science Awards

The Premier's Science Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding scientific research and engagement taking place in Western Australia.
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The awards are a keystone in the Western Australian government’s efforts to raise the profile of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Western Australia. Over the years, awards alumni have become important ambassadors for the state, helping to inspire future generations to take up courses and careers in STEM. 

Apply for an award

Applications for the awards are now open, closing at 10am AWST on 17 May 2021.

In 2021, the five award categories are:

  • Scientist of the Year ($50,000 prize)
  • Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year ($10,000 prize)
  • ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year ($10,000 prize)
  • Shell Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year ($10,000 prize)
  • Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year ($10,000 prize)

Nominations are also open for the WA Science Hall of Fame.

You can follow the Premier’s Science Awards using the hashtag #WASciAwards.

View the previous Premier’s Science Award winners.

Scientist of the Year

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Applications

Awarded to a world class scientist who, over the past 10 years, has demonstrated excellence in a field of science, scientific research or technological advancement. 

Eligibility 

Scientist of the Year applicants must be currently residing in and conducting research in Western Australia and have done so for at least five years. Previous applicants are eligible to apply, however applications should not be a resubmission from a previous year. Please ensure your application is current and reflects any changes to guidelines or evaluation criteria. Applications are open to Australian citizens and those who hold permanent resident status in Australia.

For more information view the research applicant information pack (PDF, 330KB)

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Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year

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Applications

Awarded to an outstanding scientist who has completed their highest degree within the past five years, and has demonstrated excellence in a field of science, scientific research or technological advancement.

Eligibility 

Applicants must be conducting research in Western Australia and have conducted postgraduate research in Western Australia for at least 24 months in total. Previous applicants are eligible to apply, however applications should not be a resubmission from a previous year. Please ensure your application is current and reflects any changes to guidelines or evaluation criteria. Applications are open to Australian citizens and those who hold permanent resident status in Australia.

For more information view the research applicant information pack (PDF, 330KB)

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ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year

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Applications

Awarded to an outstanding postgraduate student who has demonstrated a commitment to science at an early stage and shows great promise in reaching the highest levels of excellence.

Eligibility 

Applications are open to students currently enrolled in a Western Australia University. Previous applicants are eligible to apply, however applications should not be a resubmission from a previous year. Please ensure your application is current and reflects any changes to guidelines or evaluation criteria. Applications are open to Australian citizens and those who hold permanent resident status in Australia.

For more information view the research applicant information pack (PDF, 330KB)

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Shell Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year

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Applications

Awarded to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander undergraduate or postgraduate student who demonstrates excellence in STEM studies.

Eligibility 

This award is open to applicants who identify as Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander and are currently enrolled in at least their second year at a Western Australia University. Previous applicants are eligible to apply, however applications should not be a resubmission from a previous year. Please ensure your application is current and reflects any changes to guidelines or evaluation criteria. Applications are open to Australian citizens and those who hold permanent resident status in Australia.

For more information view the STEM applicant information pack (PDF, 328KB)

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Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year

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Applications

Recognises an initiative that has made an outstanding contribution to community awareness, interest and/or participation in science in Western Australia.

Eligibility 

This award is open to organisations or individuals. Individual applications are open to Australian citizens and those who hold permanent resident status in Australia. Organisations must show evidence of a registered ABN with the main business being conducted in Western Australia. Previous applicants are eligible to apply, however applications should not be a resubmission from a previous year. Please ensure your application is current and reflects any changes to guidelines or evaluation criteria.

For more information view the engagement applicant information pack (PDF, 313KB)

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Official sponsors and supporters

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The department gratefully acknowledges the official sponsors and supporters of the awards.

The Premier’s Science Awards are proudly sponsored by Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and Woodside.

The Premier’s Science Awards are also supported by Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, The University of Western Australia, CSIRO, Western Australian Museum and Telethon Kids Institute.

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Page reviewed 13 April 2021