Each year, the Society makes a number of awards, mainly in the field of science. They are among the oldest and most prestigious awards in Australia. They are summarised below. Full details for each award, including the procedure for nomination, may be found by clicking on the award name in the drop-down menu under "Awards" above. A nominator does not need to be a member or fellow of the Society. All nominations for this year close on 30 September 2016.
Archibald Ollé Prize
The Archibald Ollé Prize of $500 is given from time to time to the member of the Society who has submitted the best paper to the Society's journal in any year.
The Clarke Medal
The Clarke Medal is awarded each year for distinguished research in the natural sciences conducted in the Australian Commonwealth and its territories. The fields of botany, geology, and zoology are considered in rotation. For 2016, the medal will be awarded in Botany. The recipient may be resident in Australia or elsewhere.
Clarke Memorial Lecture
The Clarke Memorial Lecture in geology is delivered every second year.
Edgeworth David Medal
The Edgeworth David Medal is awarded each year for distinguished research by a young scientist under the age of 35 years for work done mainly in Australia or for contributing to the advancement of Australian science.
History and Philosophy of Science Medal
The Society’s History and Philosophy of Science Medal is awarded each year to recognise outstanding achievement in the History and Philosophy of Science.
The Royal Society of New South Wales Medal
The Society's Bronze Medal is awarded from time to time to a member of the Society who has made meritorious contributions to the advancement of science, including administration and organisation of scientific endeavour and for services to the Society.
James Cook Medal
The James Cook Medal is awarded from time to time for outstanding contributions to both science and human welfare in and for the Southern Hemisphere.
The Liversidge lectureship is awarded biennially for research in chemistry. The lecture is presented in conjunction with the Royal Australia Institute of Chemistry and the University of Sydney. The lecture will be published in the Journal and Proceedings of the Society.
The Poggendorf Lecture is awarded every two to three years for research in plant biology and more broadly agriculture.
Pollock Memorial Lecture
The Pollock Memorial Lectureship has been awarded from time to time for research in physics. It is jointly sponsored by the University of Sydney and the Society in memory of Professor J.A. Pollock, Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney (1899-1922) and a member of the Society for 35 years.
Royal Society of New South Wales Scholarships
Three scholarships of $500 plus and a complimentary year of membership of the Society are awarded each year in order to acknowledge outstanding achievements by young researchers in any field of science. Applicants must be enrolled as research students in a university in either NSW or the ACT. Applicants must be Australian citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia. The winners will be expected submit a paper to the Society's Journal and to deliver a short presentation of their work at the general meeting of the Society in February 2017.
Walter Burfitt Prize
The Walter Burfitt Prize consists of a bronze medal and $150, awarded every three years for research in pure or applied science, deemed to be of the highest scientific merit. The winner must be a resident in Australia or New Zealand. The papers and other contributions must have been published during the past six years for research conducted mainly in these countries. There next will be an award for 2019.
Warren Prize (Lecture & Medal)
The Warren Prize, including a $500 prize, is awarded from time to time to an early- or mid-career researcher in engineering or technology whose work has achieved national or international significance. The research must have originated or been conducted principally in New South Wales. Application must include submission of an original paper for the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales. The paper should review the body of research conducted by the applicant and demonstrate its relevance across the spectrum of knowledge -- science, art, literature, and philosophy -- that the Society promotes.