Medals, awards and fellowships

There are a wide range of medals and awards recognising outstanding researchers who have contributed to New Zealand's advancement of knowledge and research excellence as well as support through various fellowships. These include New Zealand opportunities and international collaborations.  

Below you will find an extensive list of medals, awards and fellowships available at each stage of a researchers career path. Details include the funding body, description and submission due date.  

PhD

RSNZ

Hatherton Award

The Hatherton Award is awarded for the best scientific paper by a student registered for the degree of PhD at any New Zealand University, published or accepted for publication either during their studies or within two years of the completion of the PhD in Physical Sciences, Earth Sciences and Mathematical and Information Sciences. The Hatherton Award consists of a framed certificate and $500.

 

30 April annually

Early Career Researcher (ECR)

Humboldt

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Awarded to researchers who completed their doctorate in the last four years. Allows the researcher to carry out a long-term research project (6-24 months) in cooperation with an academic host at a research institution in Germany. Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply.

 

Continuous

RSNZ

Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Humanities

Annual award for the encouragement of early-career researchers currently based in New Zealand for humanities research in New Zealand. The Early Career Research Excellence Award for Humanities consists of a framed certificate and $2,500.

30 April annually

RSNZ

Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Social Sciences

Annual award for the encouragement of early-career researchers currently based in New Zealand for social sciences research in New Zealand. The Early Career Research Excellence Award for Social Sciences consists of a framed certificate and $2,500.

30 April annually

RSNZ

Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Science (the Hamilton Award)

Annual award for the encouragement of early-career researchers currently based in New Zealand for scientific research in New Zealand. The Award consists of a framed certificate and $2,500. This prize is associated with the Hamilton Lecture.

30 April annually

RSNZ

Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Technology, Applied Science and Engineering (the Cooper Award)

Annual award for the encouragement of early-career researchers currently based in New Zealand for research in New Zealand. The Early Career Award for Social Sciences consists of a framed certificate and $2,500.

30 April annually

The Government of New Zealand

The Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize

This Prize is for an outstanding emerging scientist undertaking research in New Zealand for a PhD,or graduates within 5 years of having completed their PhD. To be eligible the entrant must have been awarded their PhD from 1st January 2011, or later

 

 

24 July annually

Early Career Researcher - Mid-Career Researcher

RSNZ

Rutherford Discovery Fellowship

The Rutherford Discovery Fellowships support New Zealand’s most talented early- to mid-career researchers. This new Fellowship scheme also aims to attract top researchers, with international research experience, back to New Zealand.

April annually

Mid-Career Researcher

The New Zealand Association of Scientists

Research Medal

The Research Medal is awarded for outstanding fundamental or applied research in the physical, natural or social sciences published by a scientist or scientists within 15 years of their PhD.

 

 

31 July annually

Mid-Career Researcher - Established Researcher

Fulbright

Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award                                                          

 For an outstanding mid-career or senior New Zealand visual artist to undertake a three-month residency at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California. One award valued at over US$24,000 is granted each year, towards a three months artist residency.

 

26 July annually

RSNZ

Hector Medal

The Hector Medal is awarded annually in rotation, for chemical sciences, physical sciences, mathematical and information sciences to the researcher who, working within New Zealand, has undertaken work of great scientific or technological merit and has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the particular branch of science. This year is it awarded in physical sciences.

 

30 April annually

RSNZ

Hutton Medal

Awarded annually, in rotation, for earth sciences, plant sciences, and animal sciences, to the researcher who, working within New Zealand, has significantly advanced understanding of the natural environment of New Zealand through work of outstanding scientific or technological merit. The awardee must have received the greater part of his/her education in New Zealand or have resided in New Zealand for not less than 10 years. This year the medal is awarded in Earth Sciences.

 

 

30 April annually

RSNZ

MacDiarmid Medal

Awarded annually to a person who, while in New Zealand, has undertaken outstanding scientific research that demonstrates the potential for application to human benefit, such as in the areas of health, environment and technology.

30 April annually

RSNZ

Mason Durie Medal

To recognise an outstanding contribution to the social sciences that while originating in a New Zealand environment, has had an international impact.

30 April annually

RSNZ

Pickering Medal

The Medal is to be awarded annually to a person who, while in New Zealand, has through design, development or invention performed innovative work the results of which have been significant in their influence and recognition both nationally and internationally, or which have led to significant commercial success.

 

30 April annually

RSNZ

Te Rangi Hiroa Medal

Awarded biennially to the researcher who working within New Zealand, has undertaken work of great scientific or technological merit and has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of historical approaches to societal transformation and change; current issues in cultural diversity and cohesion; social and economic policy and development; or medical anthropology.

30 April annually

The Government of New Zealand

The Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize

This Prize will be given to a practising scientist who is an effective communicator and will provide them with an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and capability in science media communication.

 

 

24 July annually

The New Zealand Association of Scientists

Shorland Medal

The Shorland Medal is awarded in recognition of major and continued contribution to basic or applied research that has added significantly to scientific understanding or resulted in significant benefits to society.

 

 

31 July annually

     Established Researcher

Humboldt

Humboldt Research Award

Granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.

 

Continuous

RSNZ

James Cook Research Fellowship

To researchers who are recognised leaders in their respective fields, have the requisite qualifications and experience, and are able to demonstrate that they have achieved national and international recognition in their area of scientific or technological research. The Fellowships allow them to concentrate on their chosen research for two years without the additional burden of administrative and teaching duties.  The funding package annually is $100,000 plus GST and up to $10,000 plus GST in relevant expenses.

  • Biological Sciences (including biotechnology)
  • Physical Sciences (including chemical sciences; geosciences, mathematical and information sciences)
  • Social Sciences (including research of relevance to peoples of New Zealand and/or the South-west Pacific)

 

 

Mid May annually

RSNZ

Pou Aronui Award

This award is an honorary title bestowed on suitable persons who have provided distinguished service to the humanities-aronui. It is an annual award that recognises contributory and dedicated service to the humanities-aronui over a sustained period.

30 April annually

RSNZ

Rutherford Medal

This is the highest award instituted by the Royal Society of New Zealand at the request of the Government to recognise exceptional contributions to the advancement and promotion of public awareness, knowledge and understanding in addition to eminent research or technological practice by a person or group in any field of science, mathematics, social science, or technology. A group award shall only be made in very meritorious circumstances. Medal and prize money: $100,000

30 April annually

RSNZ

Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand

Nominees for the award will be expected to have contributed significantly to science, technology, the humanities and the New Zealand community beyond their regular employment although such activities may be associated with or arise out of their employment.

 

Continuous

The New Zealand Association of Scientists

Marsden Medal

The Marsden Medal is awarded for a lifetime of outstanding service to the cause or profession of science, in the widest connotation of the phrase.

 

 

31 July annually

     Any Stage

Fulbright

Fulbright-Cognition Scholar Award in Education Research

The Fulbright-Cognition Scholar Award in Education Research is for a New Zealand researcher or educator to pursue research in the US designed to have an impact on New Zealand student outcomes. One or two awards valued at up to US$37,500 are granted each year, towards two to five months of research.

1 October

annually

Fulbright

Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency

For a New Zealand writer of Pacific heritage to carry out work on a creative writing project exploring Pacific identity, culture or history at the University of Hawai‘i for three months. One award valued at NZ$30,000 is granted each year, towards three months of writing.

1 March annually

Fulbright

Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Award

 For New Zealand academics, artists or professionals to lecture and/or conduct research at US institutions. A small number of awards valued at up to US$32,500 plus travel are granted each year, towards three to five months of lecturing and/or research. These awards are available for lecturing and/or research in any field.

 

1 October

annually

Fulbright

Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award

For a New Zealand academic, artist or professional to lecture and/or conduct research at a US institution in the field of indigenous development. One award valued at up to US$32,500 plus travel is granted each year, towards three to five months of lecturing and/or research.

The award is available for lecturing and/or research which fits within one of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga’s research themes( www.maramatanga.ac.nz).

 

1 October

annually

RSNZ

Callaghan Medal

Science communication award, for outstanding contribution to science communication, in particular raising public awareness of the value of science to human progress, awarded annually.

30 April annually

RSNZ

Humanities Aronui Medal

Awarded annually for research or innovative work of outstanding merit in the Humanities.  This includes conventional academic research and work in the creative arts. Researchers from all disciplines of the Humanities will be considered each year.  The disciplines: Humanities includes languages, history, religion, philosophy, law, classics, linguistics, literature, cultural studies, media studies, art history, film, and drama.

 

30 June annually

RSNZ

Scott Medal

Awarded biennially to the researcher who, working within New Zealand, has undertaken work of great merit and has made an outstanding contribution towards the advancement of the following branches of Engineering: chemical, civil, environmental, forestry, agricultural and resource engineering;  electrical, electronic, information and mechanical engineering; or technologies associated with biological, food, natural products processing (meat, wool, dairy, skin etc) and medical practice technologies.

30 April annually

RSNZ

Thomson Medal

Awarded annually for outstanding and inspirational leadership in the management of science leading to the development and application of science and/or technology to wealth generation in New Zealand.

 

30 April annually

The New Zealand Association of Scientists

Science Communicator Award

This award is made annually to a practising scientist (or group of scientists) for excellence in communicating science to the general public, in any area of science or technology. Nominations are sought from scientific organizations, scientific associations and individuals.

 

 

31 July annually

The Government of New Zealand

The Prime Minister’s Science Prize

This Prize is in recognition of a trans-formative science discovery or achievement which has led to an economic, health, social and/or environmental impact on New Zealand, or internationally.

In this context, science is taken to encompass the physical, chemical, biological, social and technological sciences, mathematics and engineering.

 

24 July annually

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