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2021 STEM Excellence Awards - Tasmanian Young STEM Researcher of the Year

Tasmanian Government’s STEM Excellence Awards

Since 2016 the government has recognised Tasmanians who have excelled in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
The award
The Tasmanian STEM Young Researcher of the Year Award (the Award) recognises the achievements of the state's leading young researchers working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and highlights the importance of innovation in growing Tasmania’s community and economy.

Supported by the Tasmanian Government, Inspiring Australia, and University of Tasmania, the Award will recognise an individual’s academic achievement during the 2020-21 financial year.

The Award provides the finalists with an excellent opportunity to build networks and relationships, and to raise their profile. The Award, consisting of a $5 000 cheque and trophy, will be presented at the Tasmanian STEM Excellence Awards reception on 18 November 2021.

Benefits to the winner and applicants
The benefits from participating in the Tasmanian STEM Excellence Awards are numerous.
The Awards provide:
  • recognition and exposure for participating companies and individuals
  • opportunities for networking and forming business and research alliances amongst participants, including other industry representatives, academics and teachers
  • a platform for participants to benchmark their products and services
  • a ‘showcase of success stories’ for Tasmanian firms and individuals that are developing innovative STEM research outcomes
  • media exposure for products, participating firms and individuals.
Applications are invited from individuals employed and/or undertaking STEM research activities in Tasmania. Individuals from research agencies funded by the Tasmanian Government are eligible whereas those from state government departments are not. Applicants of this award may not apply for the Premier's Tasmanian STEM Researcher of the Year Award in the same year.

Applicants should hold a PhD and must be no more than 35 years of age as at 31 December 2021.

Previous winners of this category are not eligible to apply, but previous applicants are invited to re-apply.

The judging panel members will be selected on the basis of their knowledge and expertise in the STEM research development fields.

Selection criteria
The Award will be presented to a young STEM researcher who has shown excellence in a STEM research area over the 2020-21 financial year. In making its selection, the judging panel will consider the attributes of the applicant, the merit of the applicant's achievements and the potential of their research to positively impact on both the Tasmanian community and economic development.

Other conditions
As a successful recipient of the Award, you may be requested to serve on the judging panel for that award category in the year following your attainment of the award. You may also be asked by the Tasmanian Government, Inspiring Australia, and University of Tasmania to take part in a limited number of STEM engagement events, such as Science Meets Parliament, Innovation Forums, and student outreach programs if available.

Submitting an application
Applications for the 2021 STEM Excellence Awards are to be completed online.

Please note file uploads are limited at 2 files of 50 MB each. For larger files please provide a link accessible via a website, or contact Jenni Klaus via details below to discuss.


Jenni Klaus – Manager, Inspiring Australia
Phone: (03) 6226 2373