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Academic Curriculum

National Youth Science Forum in January 2019

From the Head of Science, Gary Kennedy

Current Year 11 students studying science subjects, who are interested in attending the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) are welcome to apply for selection for the 12-day immersive residential program in January 2019.

Attending NYSF is a unique opportunity for young Australian science students to participate in Australia’s leading science and technology outreach activity.


Applications close 31 May 2018

In 2019, there will be up to 600 places available at the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) – an extra 200 places.

In the January before entering Year 12, the participants will experience 12 days of science and technology related activities, designed to encourage them to continue to study in these fields, and move on to careers that are so important in underpinning the Australian economy.

Everything you need to know is available on the NYSF website 

Please contact NYSF if you have any questions about the application process.

Dates, venues and places

In 2019, two sessions will be run consecutively at The Australian National University in Canberra, providing 400 places. One session will be run at The University of Queensland, providing up to 200 places.

Dates for the three sessions are:

  • Session A:  Wednesday 2 to Sunday 13 January 2019 – CANBERRA
  • Session B: Wednesday 9 to Sunday 20 January 2019– BRISBANE
  • Session C:  Wednesday 16 to Sunday 27 January 2019 – CANBERRA

Places in these programs will be allocated irrespective of a student’s home state.

Program fee

 The program fee for students selected for NYSF 2019 is $3,150. Support for funding a successfully selected student’s place at the NYSF may be available through the endorsing Rotary club. Students need to make sure they understand what level, if any, of funding is available through their endorsing Rotary club as part of their application process.

Funding assistance

NYSF has launched an Equity Scholarship Fund to provide up to forty (40) scholarships, valued at $1000 each, for participants in the NYSF 2019 and 2020 programs. The Scholarship is not paid directly to the successful applicants, but is awarded as a reduction in the NYSF Year 12 Program Fee ($3150 for January 2019) which is paid by a student’s endorsing Rotary club. Students whose family may not have previously been able to support their application are encouraged to apply and to benefit from this fund.

 Application process

Students are required to submit an Expression of Interest through the NYSF website – There is a $60 application fee associated with this process, which covers the administrative cost of the NYSF selection process. This is not refundable. Students must submit their printed-out and signed EOI to their endorsing Rotary club by 31 May 2018.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the NYSF office on 02 6125 2777 or
You can also speak to Mr Kennedy in the Science department  to get more information.