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Royal Society of NSW 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 (on 1 January of the year of nomination),

The winners will be expected to deliver a short presentation of their work at the general meeting of the Society in February 2020 and to submit a paper to the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales.


Nominations for a 2019 awards will close on 30 September 2019. Self-nominations are allowed for this award. For a nomination, the following is required:

  • The letter of nomination should clearly state the significance of the student’s project.
  • The student’s curriculum vitae containing a list publications, details of the student’s undergraduate study, and any professional experience. 
  • An abstract of 500 words describing the project
  • A statement of support from the student’s supervisor, confirming details of the student’s candidature. 


The Royal Society of New South Wales has a long tradition of encouraging and supporting scientific research and leading intellectual life in the State. The Council of the Royal Society has established the Royal Society of New South Wales Scholarships in order to acknowledge outstanding achievements by young researchers.

The applications will be considered by a selection committee appointed by the Council of the Society and the decision will be made before the end of November. The decision of the committee is final. The scholarships will be awarded on merit.

Scholarship Winners 2018

Ms Evelyn Todd, PhD Candidate at the University of Sydney. Ms Todd has been working on delving into the genetics of race horse performance, unlocking the historical roots of this breed. It is fascinating work, both from a scientific perspective, but also from the importance of understanding how to manage a closed population breed.

Ms Fiona McDougall, PhD Candidate at Macquarie University. Ms McDougall is investigating non-viral pathogens in flying foxes, specifically bacteria pathogens and the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria to flying foxes.


Year   Recipients
1999   Alison Basden, Sharon Downes
2000   Louise van der Weyden, William Higgs
2008   Gerard Kaiko
2009   Isa Chan, Tamara Keeley, Danielle Sulikowski
2010   Lidia Matesic, Dennis Black, Kerensa McElroy
2011   Andre Kyme, Amelia Edington, Benjamin Parker, Martin Fuechsle
2012   Jendi Kepple, Anwen Krause-Heuer, Helen Margherita Smith, Andrew Ong*
2013   Jiangbo Zhao, John Chan, Jessica Stanley, Xavier Zambrana-Puyalto*
2014   Melanie Laird, Stephen Parker, Ruth Wells, Linh Tran*
2015   Adrian Dudek, Charles Forster, Yevgeny Stadnik, Charles Colless*
2016   Jeremy Chan, Andrew Ritchie, Isobel Ronai
2017   Grace Causer, Yu-wei Lin, Cara Van Der Wal
2018   Evelyn Todd, Fiona McDougall

*also recipient of the Jak Kelly Award, presented in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Physics

Nominate a scholar

Nominations for the Society’s awards close on 30 September each year.

For instructions for an award nomination, click on its name in the drop-down menu under "Awards" above.

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