Fully-funded opportunities

Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute, Rehovot, Israel, 5-28 July 2016

   Yr 13 students only may applyRFL Trust 1 A unique and fantastic opportunity has been provided for one Year 13 student to attend the 48 Dr Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute from 5-28 July. This is a fully funded opportunity supported by the Raye Freedman Trust which will cover travel, accommodation and some spending money. The ‘Bessie program’, as it is more fondly known, brings together approximately 80 highly talented senior secondary students from all over the world to experience the challenges and rewards of scientific research. During the month-long program, the students spend the first three weeks conducting research in the campus labs. The work combines the exploration of problems in the field of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematical and computer science, and in instruction of sophisticated laboratory equipment, advanced computers, a particle accelerator, and lasers. Students will stay at the Laub international Science Youth Village with meals supplied by the Institute restaurants. For the last week student’s move to an all together different scientific focus: a field school in the Judean Desert and the Negav. Expert guides from the Syd-Boker field school lead hikes and acquaint the students with the unique ecological, geographical, geological, zoological and archaeological characteristics of the area – some of which are one-of-a-kind in the world. It is important that students who do apply are studying all three science and that they have had some experience of conducting their own science research project whether through their school, regional science and technology fair or CREST. Please send all material to Debbie Woodhall, Royal Society of New Zealand, PO Box 598, Wellington by 23 March. Please note that you must complete all forms within the Weizmann Application 2016 General Form as well as the Royal Society of New Zealand  Bessie F. Lawrence application form: Application Form 1 (Word 2007, 649 kB) Application Form 2 (Word 2007, 20 kB) Please note that the above particular opportunity has it’s own specific application forms that must be completed.  All other opportunities require a generic application form which is at the bottom of this page.

Partially-funded opportunities

Students who are selected to attend any of the following opportunities will be funded at least 60% of their international travel and registration costs by the Talented School Students Travel Fund.

London International Youth Science Forum, 27 July – 10 August

Year 13 students only Five students will be selected by the Royal Society of New Zealand to attend the London International Youth Science Forum which takes place over two weeks in July/August of 2016.This is a residential event held at Imperial College London. Participants will attend lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists, visit research centres, scientific institutions and world class laboratories and universities. There is also the option of travelling to Europe to visit CERN, this is a five day excursion after LYISF is finished.

USA International Space Camp, Huntsville, Alabama, late June 2016

Year 12 and Year 13 students The Royal Society of New Zealand will select three students to participate in an international gathering, and experience the Advanced Space School Program at Huntsville, Alabama. Successful students will be immersed in a programme that is designed to promote space science and exploration. Activities will include hands-on astronaut training, as well as learning about the mental, emotional and physical demands astronauts must face.

Asia Science Camp, Bangalore, India, August 2016  (teacher accompanied)

Year 13 students only The Royal Society of New Zealand will select 5 students to attend the 10th Asia Science Camp in India.  The programme will involve lectures from 7-9 Nobel Laureates and will include science workshops, discussion sessions, excursions and social activities.

XLAB International Science Camp, Gottingen, Germany

Year13 students only XLab 1     19 June – 10 July XLab 2     31 July – 21 August The Royal Society of New Zealand will select just one student to be selected for this three week intensive science program.  This programme attracts interested high school and undergraduate students aged between 17-22 years.  The number of participants is limited to 32 world-wide.   

Youth ANZAAS (Australia, New Zealand Association for Advancement of Science), Sydney, July 2016

Open to Year 12 and Year 13 students only The Royal Society of New Zealand will select 6 students to experience a five day programme together with up to 50 Australian secondary school students. Students that are selected will visit top scientific and technological institutions and participate in a hands-on programme.

European Space Camp, Norway, 30 June – 7 July

Year 13 students only The camp is held at the Andøya Space Centre (ASC) in Norway, and is a collaboration between European Space Camp (ESC) and the Norwegian Centre for Space-Related Education (NAROM). Students who apply for this opportunity must be obtaining excellent grades in math and science and have very good written oral communication skills. During the space camp, students go through every aspect of a rocket campaign, including building an internal circuitry for a rocket, telemetry, and launching a full-fledged sounding rocket at the end of the week. Participants attend lectures from some of Europe’s top scientists and researchers on topics as diverse as the LHC at CERN to the physics behind the Northern Lights. At the end of an unforgettable week, a multitude of social activities await the participants, including a sea safari, mountain hiking and swimming under the midnight sun.

Singapore International Science Camp, 30 May – 3 June 2016 (teacher accompanied)

Year 12 students only   Designed to serve as a ‘thinking platform’ and fascinate science enthusiasts by awe-inspiring demonstrations and insight to ground breaking technologies.  

XVI Summer Research School in Mathematics and Informatics

For Year 13 students only

SRS is a summer research school for high achieving teenagers, with a pronounced interest in the fields of mathematics, informatics and ICT. It combines the best practices from leading programs for high school students in the field such as RSI (organized by CEE and MIT) with the unique opportunities of a dynamic small-scale learning environment. The students will work with scientific mentors, traditionally stemming from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and guests from international research universities in the fields of mathematics and informatics. Each student will focus on a personal research topic, coming from challenging but viable field such as Combinatorics, Number Theory, Computing, Modeling and others.The program includes lectures on advanced scientific problems and modern technologies, meetings with representatives of the industry and different academic institutions, soft skills training and discussions on important issues such as ethics in science, responsible research and innovation. Dates: 31/07/2016 – 20/08/2016 Organiser: High School Students Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgaria Place: The Campus of American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria Level: International Lecturers (PDF, 40 kB)

National Youth Science Forum, Canberra, January 2017

Year 12 students only  The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a 12 day residential program for students entering year 13 in 2017 who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The NYSF program aims to show participants the wide variety of study and career options in STEM fields.

Important information for opportunities

Applications close at 5pm on 23 March 2016

Level of supervision

Many of these opportunities do not involve adult accompaniment as the programmes are structured and fully supervised.  However, if you or your parents are uncomfortable with that please do not apply.  If more than one student is selected for a particular opportunity then it is strongly recommended that students travel together.


The costs vary depending on which opportunity is applied for and as mentioned at least 70% of your costs will be supported.  However, in cases such as the London International Youth Science Forum, the European Space Camp and XLab, where the registration costs and flights are very expensive, each student will still need to contribute in the region of (NZD) $2,000- $2,500.  Other opportunities are less expensive.

Application form for partially-funded opportunities

  Application Form for Year 12 students (Word, 45 kB) Application Form for Year 13 students (Word, 48 kB)