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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. Applicants must be Australian citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia.

The winners will be expected to deliver a short presentation of their work at the general meeting of the Society in February 2019 and to submit a paper to the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales.


Nominations for a 2018 awards will close on 30 September 2018.  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 2017

Grace Causer is a PhD Candidate at the University of Wollongong and Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.  Ms Causer investigates novel and artificial nanomaterials, e.g., spintronic and multiferroic materials, using neutron and X-ray scattering methods.

Yu-wei Lin is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney.  Mr Lin’s research is concerned with developing pharmacological information with regards to respiratory tract infections caused by deadly Gram-negative ‘superbugs.’

Cara Van Der Wal, is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney and Australian Museum. Her research focuses on the genetics of of crustaceans known as mantis shrimps. Many species live in Australian waters, but their evolutionary history and diversity remain poorly understood. 


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

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

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

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