An annual calendar of external awards and prizes can be found on the Australian Academy of Science website.

PhD Scholarship in Glial Biology / MS Research

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune and neurodegenerative disease that results in oligodendrocyte death and central nervous system (CNS) demyelination. Current treatments reduce the ability of peripheral immune cells to enter the CNS, however, there is a significant need for therapeutics that enhance the survival of myelinating oligodendrocytes and promote the generation of new oligodendrocytes from oligodendrocyte progenitor and neural stem cells. Dr Young’s glial research team ( forms part of the MS Research Flagship at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, which combines laboratory, clinical, public health, genetics and economic research, to expedite the translation and implementation of MS research outcomes. The successful applicant will work in the laboratory and use human induced pluripotent stem cells, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing and / or cre-lox transgenic technology to understand MS pathology and oligodendrocyte cell biology, and develop novel neural repair strategies that can be evaluated through our associated clinical trials pathway. They will also work in our clinical facility to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a specific transcranial magnetic stimulation protocol for people with MS.

Applicants must:

  • have received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree or an equivalent qualification in the field of neuroscience, including the completion of a laboratory-based research thesis. Preference will be given to applicants with a first class honours degree.
  • demonstrate their capacity to communicate well in English, apply mathematics in the work-place (including some knowledge of basic statistics), and work collaboratively with others.


  1. Please apply via the University of Tasmania’s portal to ensure you are eligible to undertake a PhD (
  2. Email a cover letter (detail your education, research background and suitability) and 2 page CV to A/Prof Kaylene Young (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

This specific position closes on 1st October 2019 for applicants starting 4th November 2019. If you are interested in commencing a PhD with our team after this date, please get in touch and we may be able to support your application for competitive scholarships.

Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

The international Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is awarded annually to one young scientist for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology conducted by him/her during the past three years.

Award prize: US$ 25,000

Entry deadline for the 2019 Prize: 15 June 2019

This deadline has now expired. The 2019 winner will be notified at the end of August. The next entry deadline is June 15, 2020.

Winner 2018 Eppendorf & Science Prize:

  • The German scientist Johannes Kohl, Ph.D. from Harvard University has won the 2018 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology for his work on neural mechanisms underlying parental care.
  • Dr. Kohl’s research has revealed how a small population of genetically defined neurons controls the motor, motivational, hormonal and social aspects of parental behavior in males and females. These findings provide a new model for how specific components of a social behavior are generated at the neural circuit level. Unravelling the functional architecture of such circuits will advance our understanding of how the brain coordinates complex behaviors

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 Georgina Sweet Awards for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science

The Georgina Sweet Awards for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science were created by Professor Leann Tilley as part of her Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship program to promote and support female scientists who demonstrate excellence in the area of Quantitative Biomedical Science.Quantitative Biomedical Science is Biological/Biomedical Research that employs a quantitative approach, particularly in areas such as Computational Biology, Biophysics, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Genomics, Structural Biology, Cell Biology etc.

Two new awards were established in 2016:

  • Georgina Sweet Award for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science: Up to three awards of $25,000 will be made each year to female researchers who demonstrate excellence in the area of quantitative biomedical science. Applications for this year’s award are now closed.
  • Georgina Sweet Travel Support for a Female Keynote Speaker in Quantitative Biomedical Science: Up to five awards of $3,000 are available each year to support attendance of a female keynote speaker at an Australian quantitative biomedical science conference. Applications are currently closed for conferences for this year, preference will be given to conferences that have not previously received funding. 

Both awards have been created as part of Professor Leann Tilley’s Laureate Fellowship (Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, The University of Melbourne) commitment to foster, support and promote female researchers in quantitative biomedical sciences. Applications are open to researchers within Australia.

Plese visit here for application guidelines and forms or further details for both awards.

Keio Medical Science Prize

Awarded in the fields of basic medicine, clinical medicine, or life sciences closely related to medicine - 10 Million Yen

Closing date: 7 March 2019

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V. Ambartsumian international Prize

Viktor Ambartsumian International Science Prize is one of the important awards in astronomy/astrophysics and related sciences. It is being awarded to outstanding scientists having significant contribution in physical-mathematical sciences from any country and nationality. The Prize is being awarded once every two years since 2010. During 2010-2016 it was established by the Armenian Government as USD 500,000. At present it is USD 300,000.

Closing date: 18 April 2020

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Prime Minister's Prizes for Science

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are Australia’s most prestigious awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation, and excellence in science teaching.

The prizes recognise achievements across diverse disciplines and career stages. Recipients share $750 000 in prize money, and have the opportunity to showcase important work undertaken in their field.

Nominations are sought for Australia's national science and teaching awards-

Prizes for research:

  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Science ($250 000)
  • Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year ($50 000)
  • Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year ($50 000)

Prizes for innovation:

  • Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation ($250 000)
  • Prize for New Innovators ($50 000)

Prizes for science, mathematics or technology teaching:

  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools ($50 000)
  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools ($50 000)

Closing date: to be announced shortly, usually in March

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Wise Prize for Education

Awarded for significant and lasting impact upon education at any level, demonstrating an inspiring and visionary approach – US $500,000

Closing date: usually in March.

International Prize for Biology

The International Prize for Biology was instituted in April of 1985 by the Committee on the International Prize for Biology. It aims to commemorate the sixty-year reign of Emperor Showa and his longtime devotion to biological research and also to offer tribute to His Majesty the Emperor Emeritus Akihito, who has strived over many years to advance the study taxonomy of gobioid fishes while contributing continuously to the developing of this Prize. The award ceremony is held every year.

Award prize: a medal and a prize of ten million (10,000,000) yen.

Closing date: 2 Fburary 2019

Prize announced: 20 August 2019

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Mahathir Science Award

Awarded to an individual or group in recognition of contributions and innovations towards solving problems in the tropics through Science, Technology and Innovation in 1) tropical medicine; 2) tropical agriculture; 3) tropical architecture and engineering; and 4) tropical natural resources

Award prize: US $100,000.00, a gold medal and a certificate.

Closing date: 31 October 2019

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King Faisal International Prize

Prizes in different fields of science and medicine.

Award prize: US $200,000.00

Closing date: 31 March 2020

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Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence across the areas of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement, and school science. Awarding excellence in the fields of:

  • research & innovation
  • leadership
  • science engagement
  • school science

Award prize: $10 000

Closing date: 3 May 2019

Award announced: 28 August 2019

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Bower Award and Prize for achievement in Science

Awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to understanding and quantifying perturbations of natural systems within the biosphere, atmosphere, or hydrosphere in the age of the Anthropocene

The 2020 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science 

Theme: Neural Networks for Machine Learning

Award prize: $250,000 USD

Deadline for Submissions: 31 May 2019

The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2020 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of neural networks for machine learning—hardware or software systems designed as networks of artificial neurons that can be given raw data and trained to automatically discover abstract features that are relevant to detection, classification, or translation, resulting in desired outputs. Inputs could include text (machine translation), audio (speech recognition), or imagery (face recognition, scene understanding, photo sorting, image synthesis). Outputs could include categorical labels, structured outputs, or actuator commands. Such artificial neural networks have yielded effective approaches to solving a wide spectrum of challenging practical problems resistant to solution using earlier algorithmic machine learning techniques.

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Previous Awards

Prince Mahidol Award

Awarded to individual(s) or institutions(s) for their outstanding performance and/or research in medicine that contributes directly to the betterment of society. There will be one award in medicine and one in public health - US $100,000

Closing date: 31 May 2016

CSL Young Florey Medal

The 2016 CSL Young Florey Medal will be awarded to an Australian biomedical researcher for significant early career achievements in biomedical science and/or human health advancement for research conducted primarily in Australia

Closing date: 30 May 2016

Science Excellence Awards SA

Awarded to high achievers in research, industry and education in South Australia. The South Australian Scientist of the Year will receive $25 000 prize money and winners of all other categories will receive $10 000

Closing date: 29 April 2016

Young Tall Poppy Science Awards

Recognising research achievements in the sciences including engineering, mathematics, medical research and technology, alongside a passion and capacity to communicate science to the community. Nominations are for scientists under 35 years of age.

Closing date: 11 April 2016

Please also note that an annual calendar of external awards and prizes can be found on the Australian Academy of Science website.