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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

Please note: We acknowledge the impact current lockdowns and the COVID-19 situation across Australia is having on the community. NYSF Year 12 applications remain open until 5 December 2021, to support students, families, and educators during this challenging time. Please get in touch with us if you need further help with your application at

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 and passionate about STEM, apply now!

Applications have been extended and the final application round closes on 5 December 2021.

About the program

The program will run for 12 days from 10 to 25 January 2022.

We have announced a few of the exciting STEM visits and activities on offer in January – check them out!

The program will be delivered as a mixed-mode experience – a combination of in-person and digital events.

Week one: 10 to 14 January

In week one, students will join their fellow NYSFers for a digital program packed full of amazing STEM sessions, including specialist lectures, speed networking, talks and lectures from renowned STEM experts, careers days, critical thinking, science communication, and more. 

Week two: 17 to 21 January

In week two, participants have the chance to meet each other in person, see inside amazing STEM facilities and labs in capital cities around Australia, meet researchers and STEM experts, listen to lectures, and learn what a career in science looks like.

Pending any restrictions, in-person hubs will be held in:

  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Hobart
  • Melbourne
  • Newcastle
  • Perth
  • Sydney

For those who choose not to or who are unable to attend the in-person visits, there will be a range of digital STEM visits across the week. Our digital program has the ability to feature a vast array of speakers from Australia and around the world and will feature STEM experts from many of the in-person locations and beyond.

Last two days: 24 to 25 January

The final two days of the program will see participants back online to share their experiences with their newfound STEM friends and wrap up the program.

How to apply

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. Please note that this cost covers the program and does not include travel or accommodation, should you choose to travel to attend the in-person visit hubs.

If you need fee assistance to attend the NYSF Year 12 Program, please get in touch with us on

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. Please refer to our COVID-19 Policy and Procedures for in-person events.

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