Margaret Sheil Leadership Award

The Margaret Sheil Leadership Award recognises an outstanding female leader working in the chemical sciences.

The award has been established to honour the trail-blazing contributions of Professor Margaret Sheil, Provost of the University of Melbourne (at the time of commencement of this award), former CEO of the Australian Research Council and the first Australian female Professor of Chemistry. Through these and other roles, she has worked tirelessly to progress the participation, success and recognition of women in chemistry, and science and engineering more generally.

The aim of the award is to recognise an outstanding female leader working in an area of a chemistry-related field including academia, teaching, and the public or private sector, who has helped to inspire and mentor junior female chemists and/or help to provide a more equitable work place.

The award will consist of a medal, to be presented at the RACI Annual Awards Dinner, and reasonable travel expenses (up to $3000) for a lecture tour within Australia with the aim of inspiring the next generation. It is expected that the recipient will also be invited to give a keynote lecture at the next relevant divisional or national congress or other RACI endorsed speaking opportunity.


  • The award is for a female chemist, working in a chemistry related field.
  • The applicant must be a current RACI member and have been a member for a minimum of three years.
  • There is no age limit.

Nomination/Application Requirement:

  • A current CV.
  • Synopsis of the applicant’s contributions to leadership, mentorship and the promotion of women in science.
  • Email and telephone contact information of no more than four referees.


Applications/Nominations open 1 April and close mid June each year. The nomination document requirement is a current CV, a summary/synopsis of research papers and four referee email and telephone contacts.


The decision of the judges will be subject to the approval of the RACI Board. The Board decision is final and no discussions or correspondence will be entered into.

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