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Learn how to nominate someone for the Cooper Award.

How to nominate

Nominations for the Cooper Award may be made by any person. The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Academy Executive Committee reserves the right to decline any nomination.

Nominations must be loaded onto the Medals and Awards web portal. Please email the Academy (academy@royalsociety.org.nz) if you wish to submit a new nomination and you will be provided with a URL to access the web portal.

Nominations are to include one set of the following:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Bibliography;
  • Nomination summary of not more than 300 words, which summaries the research achievements of the candidate.
  • Nomination statement of not more than 500 words, outlining the reasons for the candidates’ nomination;
  • Brief citation of not more than 40 words, which may be used for publicity purposes;
  • Two references (to be arranged by the nominator). Please note, at least one of the required references must be from outside the nominee’s institution.
  • Electronic copy of the single piece of work for which award should be judged. This may be a single paper, a small group of highly connected papers, another form of scholarly output, or evidence clearly demonstrating impact. If a nominated paper is co-authored or multi-authored please clearly identify the contribution of the candidate and the contributions of other authors.
  • Electronic copy of certificate of highest research qualification.


  1. Nominations will be received for candidates within 10 years of completing their highest research qualification, normally (but not necessarily) a PhD, preceding 30 June in the year of the award. Parental and other forms of leave can be deducted from the 10-year post-qualification time limit. Note that the nominee must be undertaking substantive and independent research for the first time in their career.
  2. The prime criterion for the award will be consideration of a single piece of work arising out of research carried out in New Zealand, subsequent to the award of the highest research qualification.
  3. Please list all authors of co-authored papers and give full titles of papers and journals. There may be a case for considering a publication which has not been submitted to the traditional peer review process before the publication. Noting the different nature of publication, of assigning excellence and of peer review in some disciplines, with such a paper please submit an explanation of the review process to which the paper has been subjected.
  4. If the paper is co-authored a clear statement should be made of the candidate’s contribution to the research described therein, and the contribution of other authors.
  5. A paper “in preparation” or “submitted” will not be considered; however, a paper “in press” for which page proofs are available will be considered.
  6. Nominations should be made in a covering letter which summarises the research achievements of the candidate (not more than 300 words).
  7. A copy of the certificate of highest research qualification must be appended to the nomination.

Please also review general criteria that apply to all Royal Society Te Apārangi medals and awards.