About this Prize

  • This prize is for a Year 12 or Year 13 student tauira who has undertaken a science research, mathematics, technological or engineering project.
  • The prize is worth $50,000 to the recipient to support their tertiary education. 50% of the prize will be awarded on selection and a further 50% awarded the following year.
  • Please note that this Prize closes a little later than the other four Prime Minister’s Science Prizes.
  • Applications must be received by the Secretariat by 4:00pm Friday 25 October 2019.


  • Nominees must be studying in either Year 12 or Year 13 in a New Zealand registered school kura.
  • Nominees must be either a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand permanent resident.
  • Nominees must be undertaking or have recently completed a science research or technological / engineering project.
  • Nominators can be a principal or supervising teacher from the nominee’s school  kura or a regional science and technology fair chief judge or a representative / mentor kaiārahi/ supervising teacher from a particular programme for example  CREST or Brightsparks. 


Selection criteria

Adjudication will be based on the following five criteria:

  • Quality of literature review and objective setting process.
  • The quality of the design or investigative process for the research or development.
  • Execution of the developmental or investigative process.
  • Soundness of the interpretation of data and results.
  • The quality of conclusions reached in regard to application of the project or further work.


Selection panel

  • The selection panel is selected by the secretariat and the Prime Minister’s decision to present the Prize will have regard to the advice of the selection panel.

Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Prize Panel Members

Annette Koo Measurements Standards Laboratory, Callaghan Institute
Chandar Dewan Chief Judge, Manukau Science & Technology Fair
Hannah Ng Past winner of this Prize in 2012 and now in her last year of a medical degree.
Bailey Lovett PhD student and previous winner of PM Future Scientist Prize in 2010
Dr Victoria Metcalf National Coordinator of the Participatory Science Platform
Dr Jeff Reid


  • It is recognised that occasionally members of the judging panels will know applicants or have other conflicts of interest. They will be expected to declare all such knowledge and conflicts of interests. In the case of knowing an applicant the Chair of the selection panel will rule if this is significant enough for the judge to be stood down from the panel for that applicant. (In the case of the Chair having a conflict of interest the decision will be made by another member of the Panel who has been identified in this role at the beginning of the process). If there is a conflict of interest the judge will stand down for that application.
  • The judging panel will not enter into any correspondence concerning its deliberations. All inquiries should be directed to the Secretariat.
  • Note that information on matters such as ranking, or names of unsuccessful nominees, will not be disclosed.


Judging process

  • The Panel will make its decision based on the information completed and provided by the applicant and nominator. The judging panel reserves the right to interview a nominee.


Checklist of what to include

  • Entry form
  • Nominator form
  • One page executive summary about the science or technology/engineering project.
  • Report  (maximum five pages).
  • Raw data, graphs, photos, computer outputs can be included as appendices to the report.
  • Log book or journal material.
  • The nominee must make a video (maximum 3 minutes) where they talk about their project. This will supplement any written material.  A link must be provided by the nominee to the video. Please make sure when uploading it to youtube use the setting ‘unlisted’ which means only those with the link will be able to see it.
  • The nominator must complete the form and confirm that the work reported is the student’s own work, setting out the extent of any assistance that the student has received from others.
  • Nominees must complete the student research form.
  • Nominees must sign the declaration form.



Guidelines Future Scientist Prize

Entry Form PMFSP 2019

Mentor or Client Form 2019

Nominator Form 2019

Student Research Form 2019

Guidelines for writing report



  • Entries must be received by 4:00pm Friday 25 October 2019



The Secretariat for the Prime Minister’s Science Prizes is The Royal Te Apārangi.


Sending your application

All applications/requested material must be sent to:

Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Prize

c/- Royal Society Te Apārangi

PO Box 598


Phone: (04) 470 5762    or send by email to pmscienceprizes@royalsociety.org.nz