International Science Opportunities for students offered by the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2017

Students who are selected to attend any of these opportunities will be funded up to 70% of their international travel and registration costs. 


  • Please read carefully as each opportunity may be targeted to specific year groups.
  • A maximum of two applications per opportunity per school will be allowed.
  • do not bind your application’ one staple at the top of the left-hand corner is required.
  • When collating your application, it must be in the following order from top to bottom:  Application Form; letter from student; testimonial from school; academic record; 1 page CV; birth certificate or copy of passport.
  • Some of these opportunities do not involve adult accompaniment as the programmes are quite structured and fully supervised.  However if you or your parents/guardians are uncomfortable with that then please do not apply.  If a group of students are selected for an event then it is strongly recommend that they travel together. 


  • Students must be studying at least two science subjects.
  • Applicants must be a New Zealand citizen or hold permanent residence status.
  • Year 12 or Year 13 students must be attaining at least a merit grade and preferably an excellent grade for NCEA Level 1 or Level 2 especially in the science learning areas.
  • Students must have very good written and oral communication skills.
  • Students must have a passion and a desire to carry on with science at a tertiary level.


  • Please send three copies of your application to Debbie Woodhall, Royal Society of New Zealand, PO Box 598, Wellington 6140.  Allow at least 5 days if sending via mail.  
  • If sending by courier please allow 1-2 days and send to Debbie Woodhall, Royal Society of New Zealand, 11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon, Wellington 6011.
  • APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5pm on Wednesday 15 March 2017

 2017 International Science Opportunities Application Form (Word, 55 kB)

All applicants that apply for any of the opportunities must complete this application form above.  Please note that if you are applying for the Bessie F. Lawrence opportunity then that opportunity also requires you to complete their application form (this is further down the page).

London International Youth Science Forum, & CERN, Geneva, 26 July – 15 August

For Year 13 students only

Five students will be selected by the Royal Society of New Zealand to attend the London International Youth Science Forum and CERN which takes place in July/August of 2017. This is a residential event and students will stay at the Imperial College, London. The theme for LYISF in 2017 is “Science – Making Life Better”. Participants will attend lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists, visit research centres, scientific institutions and world class laboratories and universities. This particular opportunity is for a mature Year 13 student.

International Science Scholarship for a Year 12 or Year 13 Māori student

The London International Youth Science Forum is generously awarding a scholarship that covers full registration costs for a year 12 or Year 13 Māori student to attend the London International Youth Science Forum in July.

The cost of international travel will be covered by the Talented School Students Award Fund, which is administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Māori students who apply should have a passion and aptitude for the sciences and be confident in Te Reo Māori.  Applicants must have a good awareness of tikanga and be confident about sharing some of their knowledge with others at the London International Youth Science Forum. 

The theme for LYISF in 2017 is “Science – Making Life Better”. Participants will attend lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists, visit research centres, scientific institutions and world-class laboratories and universities. 

Applications close on 15 March and applicants must complete the application form and include all the documentation required.    2017 Application for Māori students applying for LYISF Scholarship (Word, 49 kB)

USA International Space Camp, Huntsville, Alabama, 7 – 14 July

For Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 students (teacher accompanied) (students must be at least 15 years of age)

The Royal Society of New Zealand will select three students to participate in an international gathering and experience at 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, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia, 20 – 26 August 2017

For Year 12 and Year 13 students (teacher accompanied)

The Royal Society of New Zealand will select 5 students to attend the 11th Asia Science Camp in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia.  The programme will involve lectures from Nobel Laureates and will include science workshops, discussion sessions, excursions and social activities. 

Professor Harry Messel International Science School, Sydney,  Sunday 2 July – Saturday 15 July

For Year 12 and Year 13 students

The theme this year is Future/Technologies and will involve 140 students from eight countries.  New Zealand will select five students to attend this.  The Physics Foundation at the University of Sydney covers all the accommodation and meal costs and the Talented School Students Travel Award will fund up to 70% of the international flight costs.

 XLAB International Science Camp, Gottingen, Germany, 5 August- 2 September

For Year 13 mature students 

The Royal Society of New Zealand will select two students to be selected for this four week intensive science program.  This programme attracts interested high school and undergraduate students aged between 17-22 years.  (This includes one week working in a lab alongside scientists). This opportunity if for a mature Year 13 student.

 Youth ANZAAS (Australia, New Zealand Association for Advancement of Science), Australia, 9-14 July 

Open to Year 12 and Year 13 students only

The Royal Society of New Zealand will select six 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, 6-13 August 2017

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.  Students really do need to be passionate and wanting to pursue study in this area of science in the future.

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. For mature Year 13 students only.

Summer Research School in Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgaria,  30 July – 19 August

For mature 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. 

FEAST  (Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology), 25 June – 29 June, University of Queensland

Year 12 students only

Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) is a five day residential program designed to inspire and inform high school students of the range of exciting and rewarding science careers in the agriculture, animal, plant and food sectors.

Why attend FEAST?

  • test drive university and meet other students with similar interests
  • explore science disciplines through hands on activities and workshops
  • attend industry run sessions reinforcing the many exciting career outcomes on offer to graduates
  • experience living in the Halls of Residence and take part in fun social and sporting activities
  • chat with current university students and staff and have all your questions answered

This event is particularly suited to those student who are achieving well in the sciences and perhaps have a desire to study agricultural science or veterinary science in the future.

National Youth Science Forum, Canberra, January 2018

Year 12 students only

 The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a 12 day residential program for students entering year 13 in 2018 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.


Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute, Rehovot, Israel July 2017

Mature Year 13 students only should apply (any student applying for this particular opportunity must also complete a second application form:  Bessie F Lawrence additional application form (PDF, 604 kB)  (Please note that this needs to be sent into Debbie Woodhall with the application from at the top of the page by the 15th March and not 1 March as stated in the Bessie F. Lawrence application form). three copies of this form are required also.

A unique and fantastic opportunity has been provided for one Year 13 student to attend the 49th Dr Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute in Rehovot, Israel in July.

This is a fully funded opportunity funded 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.