Premier's Science Awards

The Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding scientific research and engagement taking place in Western Australia.

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.

The Awards cover all fields of science, including natural, medical, applied and technological science, engineering and mathematics. They are an initiative of the Western Australian Government and administered by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.

Apply for an award

Applications for the awards are now closed.

In 2022, the six award categories are:

  • Scientist of the Year ($50,000 prize)
  • HBF Mid-Career Scientist of the Year ($10,000 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)

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

Scientist of the Year

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Awarded to a world class scientist who has demonstrated excellence in a field of science, scientific research or technological advancement and has been active in the field, particularly in the past ten years.

Applications have now closed for the 2022 awards.

For more information view the Research Applicant Information Pack

HBF Mid-Career Scientist of the Year

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

Applications have now closed for the 2022 awards.

For more information view the Research Applicant Information Pack

Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year

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

Applications have now closed for the 2022 awards.

For more information view the Research Applicant Information Pack

ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year

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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.

Applications have now closed for the 2022 awards.

For more information view the Research Applicant Information Pack

Shell Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year

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

Applications have now closed for the 2022 awards.

For more information view the Aboriginal STEM Student Applicant Information Pack

Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year

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

Applications have now closed for the 2022 awards.

For more information view the Engagement Applicant Information Pack.

Our Partners

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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, HBF, Shell and Woodside.

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

WA Science Ambassadors

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Winners in the Premier’s Science Awards are important ambassadors for science and participate in public engagements promoting science to the wider community.

If you are interested in involving an award winner in an event or activity, contact them directly using the WA Science Ambassadors Directory. Alternatively, contact science@jtsi.wa.gov.au

Page reviewed 27 April 2022