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The application process

Is the application fee refundable if I don't get selected?

No. The application fee is a one-off non-refundable processing fee.

I am still trying to contact our local Rotary Club to get an endorsement/sponsorship. Can I go ahead and complete my application as 'Self-funded' and then just update my details before the deadline once I have secured a Rotary Club endorsement/sponsorship?

It’s preferable that if you intend to apply with Rotary endorsement that you lock in the Rotary Club prior to submitting your application.

If you want to apply with a Rotary endorsement, it is preferable that you lock in a Rotary Club before submitting your application.

If you are having problems getting in contact with a club, please contact the NYSF. We can put you in contact with a District Chair who may be able to help you.

If you decide to submit your application as 'Self-funded' and are unable to secure funding from Rotary, your parent or guardian must be ready to pay for your full program participation fee.

Please note that Rotary endorsement is no guarantee of actual funding.

I have applied for a number of programs in January, not just the NYSF. If my applications are successful, can I skip the last few days of the NYSF Year 12 Program so I can attend the other program as well?

We understand that there are other programs that run during the school holidays that you want to attend.

One of the benefits of attending our hybrid program is that you can choose which days and sessions you attend. You are not held to a specific schedule.

If my application is successful, can I select which session I go to?

The NYSF program is a hybrid online and in-person schedule. There is only one session, so there is no need to choose your session.

I have posted questions about my application on the NYSF Twitter and Facebook page, however, I haven't heard back anything. What do I do now?

While we try to see and respond to everything on social media, sometimes there is no guarantee that comments will be seen.

Instead, please email any questions about the Year 12 NYSF Program to

How do I apply for an Equity Scholarship?

Applications for Equity Scholarships will be open at a later date. This is a separate process from your program application.


Rotary interviews, selections, and orientations

I have completed and submitted my application. What happens next?

After the closing date, all completed applications will be reviewed by your Rotary District Chairperson. Shortlisted students will then be invited for an interview conducted by Rotary.

District Chairs advise the NYSF of all successful students nominated by the Rotary District to attend the program. Anyone who is unsuccessful will also be notified by a Rotary Chairperson.

I cannot attend the interview organised by the Rotary District, what should I do?

Respond to the Rotary District Chairperson who contacted you and discuss your situation.

Alternative arrangements for an interview are subject to the Rotary District Chair's approval.

Please note that organising the interviews involves a lot of logistical arrangements, so we recommend that you make the adjustment from your end instead of asking everyone to change their schedule.

Do I have to attend an Orientation?

Orientations are organised by your Rotary Chairperson and are held to help answer any questions you and your family might have about January.

We recommend that you try to attend as it’s a great time to meet your fellow NYSFers. We also understand that it’s not always possible due to your location or other commitments.

The NYSF runs online orientations closer to the end of the year for anyone who cannot make it in person. You can also talk to other Rotary Districts in your region to see if you can attend their event.

My application is successful, and I have received the details from NYSF with the registration details. How do I travel to my chosen STEM Hub?

In January 2022, students must organise their own transport and any accommodation required for the in-person days.

Students can select which hub they wish to attend. However, you must be aware that COVID-19 border closures may affect travel.

As your travel dates approach, check your state or territory government’s website to make sure you are aware of the travel restrictions and requirements: