The Professor Harry Messel International Science School (ISS) is an exclusive two-week science program for Year 11 and 12 students. Every two years, the ISS gathers 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, hands-on activities and not to mention a swag of social events like the Sydney Harbour cruise and ISS talent quest.
All scholars stay for two weeks, all participants — even those from Sydney — will stay in student accommodation for the entire program, to give everyone a chance to get to know a whole group of amazing people from across the country and all over the world.
The next program is for 2021 (event occurs biennially)
For more information visit the official website here.
Overseas students are selected by their home country, and the selection panels in the countries listed above each have their own system for selecting students to attend the ISS. Australian ISS Scholars are also selected on academic merit and aptitude; 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 also 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. This is therefore a relatively competitive program to gain entry into.
Attendance is free, ISS scholarships cover all expenses so students attend at no cost to themselves. Scholarships are valued at around $3,500 and cover travel within Australia, all food, accommodation, events and activities.
Applicants should be studying at least 50% 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.
Applicants must be willing to dedicate an entire 2 weeks to the program.
Overseas students are selected by their home country: ISS have selection panels in the countries listed above, and they each have their own system for selecting students to attend the ISS. They do not accept applications directly from students outside Australia. Around 90 students from across Australia are awarded full scholarships to attend the ISS. They 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. They 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, Thailand, the USA and the UK) are selected by organisations in those countries.