Entries opens for Victoria’s top science awards

Applications for the 2019 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation and the Victoria Fellowships opened on 4 June.

The Victoria Prize and Victoria Fellowships celebrate scientists as well as early-career researchers that are providing real support from their work.

The coveted Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation is awarded to outstanding scientists who have helped advance knowledge in their field. Two grants of more than $50,000 will be awarded to an individual in the physical science category and the other for life science.

The Victoria Prize acknowledges exceptional leadership, determination and creativity, as well as highlighting the internationally-significant research and development conducted in Victoria.

“The Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation and the Victoria Fellowships have helped us to become the Innovation State by supporting those at the top of their fields, and those making their important early steps,” said Martin Pakula, minister for jobs, innovation, and trade.

“We will continue to back our best and brightest to address global challenges facing medicine, the environment, engineering and technology.”

The Andrews Labor Government is also offering 12 Victoria Fellowships of more than $18,000 for early-career researchers to support a short-term overseas study mission.

Study missions to France are eligible for the Australian French Association for Science and Technology Associate Award, valued up to $3500.

The Victorian Government says study missions are a vital boost for early-career researchers, helping students access specialist training, commercialise an idea, or undertake career development that’s not offered in Australia.

Winners of the awards will be announced in a ceremony later in the year.