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The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science - Science Teaching Prize

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science – Science Teaching Prizes award science educators with prizes for excellence in science teaching. There are 2 Science Teaching Prizes.

Open date: 06 Feb 2020 09:00 AM AEDT.

Close date: 12 Mar 2020 05:00 PM AEDT.

Application detail:
The Prime Minister's Prizes for Science is currently closed to applications. 
What do you get?

Winners get $50,000 prize money, a medallion, lapel pin and an award certificate.

Who is this for?

Registered primary or secondary school teachers in science, mathematics or technology.


The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are Australia’s most prestigious and highly regarded awards for outstanding achievements in:

  • scientific research
  • research-based innovation
  • excellence in science teaching

The prizes will award up to $750,000 in total each year. Information on the prizes for scientists and innovators is on our Science Prizes page.

The Science Teaching Prizes recognise Australian science educators for excellence in science teaching. We welcome nominations of diverse candidates and those from a range of backgrounds and geographical regions.

There are 2 science teaching prizes:

  • 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)


To be eligible for a science teaching prize a nominee must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • have completed their teaching achievement (that they’re being nominated for) in Australia
  • not self-nominate
  • be a full-time or part-time teacher at a primary or secondary school listed on the Australian Schools List
  • be active in teaching science, mathematics or technology in the classroom at the time of their nomination

Nominees do not need to be a member of a professional association or have received any prior award to be eligible.

Check the full eligibility criteria for each prize in section 4 of the Grant opportunity guidelines – science teaching prizes.


How do you nominate someone?

The nomination process happens in 2 stages.

Stage 1

As a nominator, you’ll need to:

  • check your nominee is willing to be nominated
  • ask them for a copy of their CV (2 page maximum)
  • prepare a summary of their achievement against the assessment criteria (750 words)
  • identify 2 supporters
  • complete and submit the online form between 6 February to 12 March 2020, 5pm, AEDT

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines before you make a nomination.

Stage 2

If your nominee is shortlisted, we’ll invite you and 2 supporters to prepare a more detailed submission addressing the relevant assessment criteria.

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Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme

The Prime Minister's Prizes for Science is part of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme. This aims to:

  • engage the wider Australian community with the sciences, including through major activities and events like National Science Week
  • support public recognition, national awareness and pride in our best scientists and innovators
  • effectively communicate key science issues, between scientists, the general public and Australian decision makers in business and government
  • build skills and capability in STEM and digital literacy, in Australian schools and communities

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines - Science Teaching Prizes 2020

Stage 2 Nominator and Supporter statements template