The Hamilton City Council Emerging Scientist Award

This award recognises a major, recent contribution which advances an emerging scientist’s career in the Waikato region.


  • The applicant must demonstrate his/her research has made a significant impact on a certain science field early in his/her science career.
  • The researcher must have been based principally in the Waikato region (defined as the area in and around the Waikato river catchment).
  • The research put forward could be conducted anywhere in the world
  • Scientific achievement is judged by international standards by a group of peers, based on science publications, patents or other forms of objective recognition.
  • Ability of the scientist to communicate his/her research to a wide (lay) audience.
  • The cash award must be spent in such a way to further advance science in the Waikato (e.g., paying to bring in an overseas expert, attending an international conference, visiting overseas research organisations, upskilling in a certain area, etc.) and the winner must provide a letter to the Trust within 12 months of receipt of the award, detailing how the award was used.
  • The awards will be paid to the individual, unless otherwise agreed between the winner and the Hamilton Science Awards Trust.


  • The nominee must have performed or directed the work described and it must have been performed in the last five years and within five years of completion of a PhD or equivalent qualification.
  • The nominee must have recognised qualifications relative to the award being sought. A relevant science qualification is required.
  • The recipient must agree to give a nominated lecture or presentation to a high school or general audience, if requested.
  • The recipient must be prepared to interact with appropriate news media to publicise the research on which the award is based and science in general.
  • The winner does not have to be a New Zealand citizen or resident.
  • While previous years’ outright winners in this award category are encouraged to reapply, they can not put forward the same piece of work in support of this year’s award.
  • Previous runners-up in this award category are encouraged to reapply and may re-submit a piece of work already submitted for consideration in past years.
  • The nominee can be self-nominated or nominated by another party who is familiar with the scientist’s work. If the scientist is being nominated by another party, that party must be confident all eligibility criteria can be met, including the nominee’s or team’s willingness to be available for public and media interaction as per the above.