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Inspiring Australia’s young scientists - Applications for NYSF 2021 Year 12 Program are now closed

Young people with a passion for science

Students in year 11 from around Australia

Everyone - Scholarships available

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Applications for the 2021 NYSF Year 12 Program have now closed.


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 further study and a career in science, engineering, technology, or a STEM related discipline.

Program Cost

The fee to attend the 2021 NYSF Year 12 Program is $3,250. For this program you can self-fund or gain a Rotary endorsement, where Rotary may provide funding assistance. Please note, however, while Rotary Clubs can often offer support in this regard, Rotary Clubs have no obligation to offer any funding towards the fee for you to attend the program. The NYSF may also provide funding assistance through Equity Scholarships. More information about funding opportunities can be found here. 

Invoicing during COVID 19. If Student is offered a place on the program we intend to invoice in September/October for the attendance fee of $3250. This timing may change a little as we will be waiting until we are confident that the program will be able to proceed under COVID-19 restrictions prior to taking payment of any fees.

Dates for the next NYSF Year 12 Program

Session dates: The NYSF is have not finalised the session dates for the 2021 Year 12 Program. We will notify successful applicants when the dates have been confirmed. 

Application dates: Applications will open early March to late July 20 each year. Find out more about how to apply.


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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