Feb 27, 2019

Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards

  • Crimson Education
  • New Zealand
Multiple Competition Workshop Research Opportunity Skill Building Other


The Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards competition invites secondary school and tertiary undergraduates (under 25) to deliver a 12-minute presentation about how an application of science or technology will benefit New Zealand’s economic, environmental and social wealth and well-being.

To deliver a successful Eureka! presentation contestants must demonstrate:
1. Knowledge of an area of technology, science, engineering or mathematics
2. How their area of knowledge and interest can be (or is being) applied to enable tangible benefit to New Zealand’s economic, environmental and social wealth and well-being
3. The presence and capability to communicate clearly, succinctly and persuasively to a general audience encompassing people from business and the political arenas as well as the wider public

Following entry, and preparation of the presentation script, the next crucial stage is the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards, geographic and virtual region competitions. Here, contestants present a six minute summary speech of what they expect to be their final presentation.

The Eureka! Awards regional competitions are held in key centres, or by students submitting a video of their six minute presentation on-line.
The twelve best presentations are identified by the National Finals Selection Panel. A moderated marking system is used to ensure the outcomes are consistent across the country. In the 4-6 weeks before the National Finals Stage the twelve National Finalists will spend time polishing the quality of their final presentation.

For more information visit the official website here. 

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




As the prize money is valued at $10,000 for the final best contestant, this would categorize the competitive as quite competitive. Also the competition is open to tertiary students as well as secondary students, thus more people can enter and compete against each other.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


There are no technical skills required, however broad interest and knowledge of science and technology is preferred. Public speaking skills will be necessary.

Time Commitment


This event is a one off event per year. However, students must spend time preparing their presentation and this time commitment will vary on the individual.

Application Deadline

In light of Covid-19 and the interruptions to teaching and education the closing date for Eureka! 2020 has been extended to 5pm on Friday the 17th of July

Application Process Includes

The entry process into the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards is split into two forms.

In the first form, due at the end of June, the student will submit their contact information and in the second form, due one week after the first form closes, the student will submit their presentation name and choice of scholarship.

The reason for splitting up entry into contact and presentation information is that participants can sign up early and can be reminded when deadlines are coming up.

Contact Jack at info@eureka.org.nz.