Are you going to be in Year 11 and 12 in 2021? Do you love science? If so, you've got to apply for the Professor Harry Messel International Science School (ISS)!
Every two years the ISS gathers together 140 top science students from Australia and overseas (China, Japan, India, New Zealand, Thailand, the USA and the UK) for a two-week residential program of talks by world-renowned scientists, laboratory tours and hands-on activities... not to mention a swag of social events like the Sydney Harbour cruise and ISS talent quest!
Overseas students are selected by their home country: we have selection panels in the countries listed above, and they each have their own system for selecting students to attend the ISS. We do not accept applications directly from students outside Australia.
The ISS runs every two years, in the odd-numbered years. The next program will be in July 2021.
Around 90 students from across Australia are awarded full scholarships to attend the ISS. We have selection panels in each state and territory to assist in the selection of students, based on the following criteria:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are under-represented in science and engineering in Australia — which is why the ISS aims to bring talented, enthusiastic Indigenous Australian students together with like-minded scholars from across Australia and around the globe.
The ISS Indigenous Australian Scholars Program reserves five scholarships to attend the International Science School for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. Applicants are selected against the same criteria of interest in science and academic achievement, and their applications are included in the general scholarship selection process. If unsuccessful in that round, they may be eligible for one of the five reserved Indigenous Student scholarships.
If you wish to apply for one of these scholarships, you need to upload some evidence of your Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background. This can be any one of the following:
Details for the 2021 program are still be developed, but here’s a taste of what’s in store.
The ISS Lecture Series, the backbone of the program, features talks by world-leading researchers from across the sciences and engineering. In the past we have had Nobel prize winners alongside up-and-coming researchers — all with an inspiring story to tell.
Activities & Tours: get hands-on with experiments, lab tours, seminars and workshops to extend your skills, get your brains working, and help you get to know other students. The program features activities from across the breadth of science — past ISSs have included:
A Packed Social Calendar: after the science is done for the day, we have a swag of social events to help you all get to know each other, such as:
For the entire two weeks of the International Science School, all our scholars and staff will be staying in boarding facilities close to the University of Sydney, including scholars who live in Sydney.
All accommodation and transport related to the ISS program is provided by the ISS and our overseas partners, so that no student misses out on the opportunity to attend due to financial constraints.
Rooms Students will share single-sex dorm rooms with up to 3 other students, giving them the chance to get to make new friends from across Australia and around the world.
Meals ISS scholarships include three full meals a day (and a few snacks to keep you going), catering to different tastes, needs, allergies and diets.
How you get to us will depend on where you're coming from, but rest assured, unless you're walkin, your travel will be covered.
Australian students, the ISS will cover your transport to the International Science School, by plane if you live more than a few hours away from Sydney, or by ground transport if you live closer to us.
International students, students selected by organisations in their home country will have their airfares to Sydney paid for by those organisations. The ISS will meet students at Sydney International Airport and take them to the accommodation.