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Applications for the 2022 NYSF Year 12 Program are now open! Please read all the information below before you start your application.

1. Check your eligibility

Do you love science, technology, engineering, or mathematics? Or do you have the drive to find solutions to problems and fix things?

Are you curious and constantly asking Why? How? Why not?

Do you see yourself working in a science or technology-related field and would like to know more about STEM-related study and career paths?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, apply to attend the NYSF Year 12 Program. To apply, you must be:

  • in year 11 in the year you apply, to attend the following January
  • enrolled in an Australian high school
  • considering pursuing further study or training and a career in a STEM-related discipline.

2. Start your application

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Complete your personal details. Once you click next, you’ll receive an email that includes a link you can use to return to your application. You can use this link to return to your application if you can’t finish it in one go.

Answer the 'about you' questions. They require a bit of thought and you might like to draft them first:

Please tell us about yourself
Your hobbies, interests, and achievements, and information on any extracurricular activities (up to 1,700 characters)

Why do you want to attend the NYSF Year 12 Program? (Up to 1,700 characters)

Role of STEM
Why do you think STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) is important? What role do you think STEM can play in helping us address current and future challenges? (Up to 1,700 characters)

Career Goals
What career do you currently intend to pursue? How do you plan to achieve this career goal? If you're not sure at this point that's fine, just write what you are currently most interested in. (Up to 1,700 characters)

Post-year 12 intentions
What are your intentions for after Year 12? Do you plan to attend university straight away, take a gap year, look for employment, or something else? (Up to 1,700 characters)

Tertiary study
If you are thinking about tertiary studies after finishing Year 12, please provide details about the study and institution you're most interested in at this time. If you are unsure at this stage, just let us know your general thoughts. (Up to 1,700 characters)

3. Work out which fee option you will choose

There are two options for fees to attend the NYSF Year 12 Program.

Seeking Rotary endorsement

This option is best for those who may experience difficulties paying the program $1,900 program fee and involves finding a local Rotary Club to endorse your application.

Once you’ve started your application, you will have access to download the endorsement form once you reach this step. Alternatively, you can download a copy of the endorsement form here.

You will need to contact local clubs in your area to find a club to endorse your application and complete the form.

Each Rotary Club may have different endorsement procedures. They may require a formal interview, or further details from you, such as copies of your school reports, teacher references, or a printed or electronic copy of the information provided in your NYSF application.

You can read about the role of Rotary Clubs on the Rotary Districts page. Check for your local club using the Rotary Club Finder tool on the Rotary Australia website.

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.

Endorsement does not necessarily mean you will receive any financial support from your Rotary Club. You will need to negotiate this as part of your discussion and ensure that you and your family understand what, if any, level of financial support is available from your Rotary Club. At the least, your club may be able to offer some assistance with fund-raising efforts in your community.

Once you have secured the endorsement of a Rotary Club, ask a member of the club to complete the Rotary Endorsement Form. Once complete, upload your form to your application. You'll then be ready to review and submit your application. If you are having any difficulties at all with this process, please contact the NYSF Office.


This option is for those who can self-fund, and don’t require any assistance to cover the full fee to attend the program, should they be successful.

If you choose this option, once you complete the application questions, you will move directly to paying the $25 application fee and submitting your application.

4. Pay your application fee

Once you have selected your fee option, you can progress to the payment tab, where you will be prompted to pay the application fee.

Once paid, your application will be complete, and you will receive a confirmation email.

Please note that the application fee is non-refundable, even for applicants not selected to attend the NYSF Year 12 Program.

5. Attend your District Interview

Once your application is submitted, the next step will be to attend the NYSF District Interviews for your local Rotary District.

Your local NYSF District Chair will advise you on the process involved and the dates of your local interviews.

At interviews, the NYSF District Chair will run a panel interview process or similar that will consider all the district’s applicants on their merit.

All applications are assessed on their merit and your chosen fee option is not a consideration of your eligibility. All applicants will be assessed on the same criteria.

You will need to keep checking your emails to see whether further information is required from you before proceeding to District Interviews.

Got questions?

If you have any questions about this process, please check our Year 12 Application FAQs page.

You can also contact the NYSF office.

Good luck with your applications!