How To Apply For The ISS

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The ISS runs every two years, in the odd-numbered years: the next program will be in July 2019. Information will be sent to all Australian secondary schools late in 2018, and the online application form will go live in early 2019.

Selection Criteria

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:

  • Only Australian citizens or permanent residents currently attending school in Australia may use the application form. We do not accept applications from Australian students studying overseas.
  • Applicants must be in Year 11 or 12 (final two years of high school) in the year that the ISS is held to apply.
  • International students do not use the application form: students from our partner countries (China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, the USA and the UK) are selected by organisations in those countries.
  • Applicants should achieve the highest grades in the top-level syllabi of English, Science and Mathematics in their year 10 exams and/or most recent year 11 assessments (e.g. ‘A’ grade, or > 80%, or equivalent).
  • Applicants should be assessed by their school’s Principal as one of the top science students in their year group at school, and must supply supporting comments from their Head of Science Department and/or School Principal. Preference may be given to students whose vocational interest is a career in the sciences.
  • Applicants should be studying at least 60% Science and Mathematics subjects in year 11 or 12. If necessary, preference may be given to students studying at least one of Physics and Chemistry.
  • Applicants must be clear communicators and be able to represent their school and state at the International Science School.
Indigenous Australian Scholars Program

Our ISS2015 Indigenous Australian Scholars

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:
— your birth records or documentation of genealogy verified by a suitable authority; or
— a letter with “Common Seal” signed by the Chairperson of an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander incorporated organisation in which the applicant lives or has previously lived (where records are not available); or
— you can self-identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander with a statutory declaration that you are an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.