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Zonta Science Award 2024

Applications have now closed 

Applications for the 18th Biennial Zonta Science Award have closed. Thank you to everyone who has submitted an application.


This is the 18th award since its inception in 1990.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in May 2024

Aims of the Award

Aims of the award 

The Zonta Science Award was established to further the status of women in scientific fields. The Award is for an emerging woman scientist — a recent PhD graduate rather than a woman well established in the science field. 

The Award aims to:

  • encourage women to pursue a career in science

  • recognise women in scientific fields

  • acknowledge the valuable contribution of women scientists.



Award criteria

Applicants must be a woman who has / is:

  • a New Zealand resident

  • a PhD — usually within 7 years of graduation

  • excelled in the fields of pure or applied science (excluding clinical medicine, for example medical research that involves human subjects)

  • studying for further post-doctorate qualifications or is involved in research that has widespread benefits

  • ability to communicate to peers and non-scientists

  • contributing to her community

  • actively promoting science as a career for women

  • advocates for these women

  • likely to gain further career advancement from receiving this award. 

Award Criteria
The Winner Receives

What the winner receives

The award recipient receives:

  • $20,000 cash to fund travel, education, materials and /or activities that will advance her research and career

  • a bespoke commemorative medal

  • a certificate of achievement.

The Selection Process

The selection process

  1. Selection — Up to 10 finalists will be selected from all applicants. 

  2. Review — Finalists are referred to a panel of invited judges who have university, government, science, industrial or business backgrounds.

  3. Shortlist — The judges assess the candidates against the criteria and shortlist up 3 applicants.

  4. Interviews — The short-listed applicants will be interviewed in Wellington in April 2024 and a winner selected.

  5. Award ceremony — To be held in Wellington May 2024

Recipient Requirements

The award recipient's requirements

The Award recipient will be asked to:

  • travel as soon as practicable after receiving the award

  • provide photo and promotional opportunities and give media interviews as requested

  • provide a written report within one month of their return to New Zealand on the benefits of receiving the award and the research outcomes

  • speak to relevant groups including Zonta Clubs, schools, and other service or community groups

  • speak at a sponsor's meeting if requested about the award, the outcomes, and the research benefits it provided

  • maintain contact with the Convenor of the Zonta Science Award.

Our Sponsors


The Zonta Club of Wellington makes an annual financial contribution in addition to 
administering the award.


A full list of previous sponsors can be found in the album of previous winners (PDF 102 KB).


We're very grateful for the support received from our sponsors and the recipient is expected to acknowledge them when appropriate.


Jill Ritchie — 2024 Zonta Science Award Convenor

Email —

Science Award 2024

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