The Peter Doherty Science Award (PDSA) is a competition open to students from Years 7 to 10 in the Ballarat Region. The award recognises creative science research projects conducted by students working in small collaborative teams to explore everyday questions. The award is  supported by the Committee for Ballarat.

Established in 2009 the PDSA is a joint initiative and continues to be supported by the Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty and the Committee for Ballarat.

Ballarat Tech School facilitates the PDSA on behalf of the Committee for Ballarat.



  • Freedom to choose your own topic
  • Apply the scientific method
  • Carry out your own designed experiments
  • Create a scientific poster to communicate your project
  • Orally communicate your investigation findings

Prizes include $1000 in cash for students and their schools.


2023 Important Dates:

Registrations now open!

Submissions Close: 10th November 2023

Finalist Presentations: 23rd November 2023


For more information about the Award, including the competition Guidelines and Judging Criteria for students click here.

For access to the extensive resources available to support students keen to participate in the awards including past winners entries, advice, and useful links, click here.

To book your class into the Tech School Art of Science 2 hour program that provides hands on Scientific Method and Scientific Poster learning for students, click here.