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Inspiring Australia’s young scientists - Applications for NYSF 2020 Year 12 Program are now closed

Young people with a passion for science

Students in year 11 from around Australia

Everyone - Scholarships available

Female NYSF student holding up a human scull in a science lab


The NYSF Year 12 Program is a 10-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields.  At the NYSF Year 12 Program run in January each year, participants will:

  • visit science and technology related laboratories and facilities,
  • go on site tours,
  • listen to lectures,
  • take part in workshops,
  • go to social events, and
  • participate in group activities that improve communication and presentation skills.

The NYSF is run by youth for youth, with a certain number of participants being selected each year to come back and participate in our Student Staff Leadership Program (SSLP) in preparation to help run the program the year after they first attended.

Who can apply for the NYSF Year 12 Program?

Do you love science, or technology, or have a drive to find solutions to problems and fix things? Are you constantly asking Why? How? Why not? Do you see yourself working in a science-related field and would like to know more about science related study and career paths?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you should think about applying to attend the NYSF Year 12 Program.


To apply for the NYSF Year 12 program, you must:

  • be in year 11 in the year you apply, to attend the following January,
  • be an Australian citizen or resident, and/or studying full-time in an Australian high school, and
  • be considering pursuing a university degree at an Australian university to study science, engineering, technology, or a related discipline.

Dates for the next NYSF Year 12 Program

In 2020, there will be three separate sessions running for the NYSF Year 12 Program with the following locations and dates. Each session has places for up to 200 students.

Session A:  Wednesday 1 to Saturday 11 January – Canberra, The Australian National University

Session B: Wednesday 8 to Saturday 18 January – Brisbane, The University of Queensland

Session C:  Wednesday 15 to Saturday 25 January – Canberra, The Australian National University

Application dates: Applications are open from 1 March to 31 May each year. Find out more about how to apply.

How much does it cost to attend the NYSF Year 12 program?

The standard fee to attend the program in 2020 is $3,150. This fee is all-inclusive, covering the participant’s travel to and from the program from one of our designated ports around Australia, as well as all meals, accommodation, transport during the program and any entry fees. For those who may have difficulties paying this fee, there are options available.

We have forty Equity Scholarships available to cover $1,000 of the fee. We encourage everyone to view the eligibility requirements and apply. You must submit an Equity Scholarship application within the same timeframe as your NYSF Year 12 Program application. We thank the National Innovation Science Agenda (NISA) and Bayer Australia for their generous contributions to the Equity Scholarship Fund.

There may also be further opportunities to cover part or all of the cost through community fundraising, sponsorship, or contributions from an endorsing Rotary Club. We encourage you to explore all of these options and you can read more about Rotary endorsement on our How to Apply page.

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I would describe [the NYSF Year 12 Program] as the most incredible 2 weeks I've ever had...

— Nithya, NYSF 2019 Participant