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Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research

Applications for the 2024 Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research are now open.

Each year, the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia awards and celebrates two exceptional mid-career stem cell researchers with the Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research. The initiative aims to recognise and reward scientists who are conducting excellent and sustained work focused on stem cell research.

The two Metcalf Prize winners will each receive $60,000.

The prizes recognise and honour the exceptional contribution made to stem cell research by Emeritus Professor Donald Metcalf, AC, FRS, FAA, who died in December 2014.

The prizes support the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia’s mission to promote the study and use of stem cells in the prevention or control of disease in human beings and to enhance stem cell public education.

The Metcalf Prizes are awarded to:

  • one male and one female stem cell researcher
  • working in Australia
  • between 5-10 years past their PhD or MD (research-based).
Click here to meet the Metcalf Prize alumni.

2024 application information 

Key dates

  • Applications open: early July 2024
  • Applications close: Friday 9 August 2024 (11:59PM AEST)
  • The two winners will be notified in mid-late September 2024
  • The Metcalf Prizes will be awarded at the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research 2024 Annual Scientific Meeting in Adelaide in November

How to apply

  1. Read the selection criteria, prize conditions and FAQ.
  2. Draft your application offline using the template.
  3. Prepare your full CV including full list of publications.
  4. Complete the online application form, including uploading your CV and list of publications.
  5. Sit back and wait while applications are sent to the jury panel for review and shortlisting.

Optional: letter from referee

Applicants can invite a colleague, peer or mentor to write a confidential referee's letter in support of their application. This letter should be emailed directly by the referee to the prize jury, via [email protected]. Please ask your referee to write 'Metcalf Prize referee letter' in the email subject line.


  • Applicants should provide ONE reference from someone with the appropriate expertise who is aware of your work but sufficiently removed from it. The referee’s primary position should be outside your institution.
  • Referees need to establish if a Conflict of Interest (CoI) exists - such conflicts have the potential to lead to biased advice affecting objectivity and impartiality.
  • Referees must self-determine if a CoI exists. Use the NHMRC guidelines to determine the level of CoI.
  • If a HIGH CoI exists, the referee should excuse themselves from the process.
  • If a LOW CoI exists, the referee can provide the reference but should advise the Foundation of the nature of the LOW conflict when providing the reference.


We encourage applicants to seek a mentor to provide advice and guidance on preparing their application.

Please note: we will only receive applications via the website.

Please do not send any additional information to us by email. It will not be used in the judging.

If you have any questions about the online form or the application process, please contact Tanya Ha from Science in Public, which is administering the Metcalf Prizes for us: [email protected]

Download the draft template

We strongly recommend that you draft your application offline before submitting your application online, as you won't be able to save your online application and go back to it.

You can download this template for your draft, but please note that the online form will only support basic formatting.

We will not accept applications forms as Word documents or PDF. You must submit your application using the online form (active when the Prizes are open for applications).

2024 Metcalf Prizes application form - offline version

Fill out the online application form

Complete your application via this link: