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Inspiring Australia’s young scientists since 1984. Applications for the 2022 NYSF Year 12 Program are now open!

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

Don’t miss your chance to have a life-changing STEM experience.

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The NYSF Year 12 Program offers an exciting range of in-person and digital science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiences for participants across Australia. If you’re a year 11 student, apply now!

The program will run for 12 days from 10 to 25 January 2022. Applications close on 2 July 2021.

Find tips on applying and answers to common questions on the How to apply page.

In 2021, 574 students joined the program for life-changing STEM experiences. Here’s what they had to say:

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More than 90% of 2021 participants would recommend the Year 12 Program to others and all STEM sessions scored more than 90% “good to excellent” ratings from the attendees.

In 2022, the NYSF will deliver a 12-day program from 10 to 25 January via a combination of in-person and digital STEM experiences.

Participants will experience everything the NYSF is famous for: keynote speakers, lectures, hands-on workshops, debates, expos, and enriching social activities.

In-person STEM visit days and events will be held over a week of the program at major city hubs across the country.

Following the changes to the program in 2021 due to COVID-19, this ensures participants can meet and network with each other, and visit world-class STEM facilities.

A continuous program of digital events will run alongside the in-person events, so the program is accessible to as many people as possible.

This change means the NYSF experience is still accessible and stimulating should there be a COVID-19 hotspot emerge or lockdown called at a hub location.

At the program, students will have opportunities to:

  • participate in tours of science and technology facilities
  • learn about cutting edge research
  • engage with industry partners and research providers
  • learn about university and STEM career pathways
  • mix with other like-minded students from all over Australia
  • network with former NYSF participants to further increase understanding of STEM-related study and career experiences.

The NYSF is delivered by youth for youth. Past participants return each year to participate in the Student Staff Leadership Program and help run the program the year after they first attend.

Program Cost

The 2022 NYSF Year 12 Program costs $1,900, with a $25 non-refundable application fee.

There are options to self-fund or apply for funding assistance through your local Rotary Club. For more information about this, please visit the How to apply page.

The NYSF may also provide funding assistance to eligible students through our Equity Scholarships, which will open later in 2022.

Please note that while Rotary Clubs can often offer support, Rotary Clubs have no obligation to offer any funding towards the fee for you to attend the program.

2022 NYSF Year 12 Program and COVID-19

The ongoing COVID-19 situation still provides some uncertainties for everyone. We hope that you are all continuing to cope during these times.

Our team has started planning for the 2022 NYSF Year 12 Program, and we are on track for January next year.

As in 2021, the NYSF will actively monitor any COVID-19 related restrictions and health advice in the lead-up to the NYSF Year 12 Program in January.

If required, the NYSF will facilitate online selections and orientations in conjunction with our Rotary partners.

We have a series of contingency options ready to put in place if needed.

We will keep in close contact with successful applicants should these options be implemented.




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Thanks to the NYSF I have gained interest in engineering which is something I may have never...

— Tori Parsons, NYSF 2020 Participant