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Learn how to apply for the Talented School Students Travel Award


Eligibility Guidelines

  • Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or have permanent residency. Proof of this is required to be sent with the application.
  • Applicants must have been selected by an organisation to represent New Zealand at an internationally recognised science(s) or technology event
  • Applicants must be a intermediate or secondary school student.



  • Contribution to activities outside the classroom.
  • Written and oral communication skills.
  • Academic performance in science subjects.
  • Ability to be a good ambassador for New Zealand.


What you need to include in your application

  • The applicant is required to include a testimonial from their science teacher which must be co-signed by the Principal.
  • The applicant is required to include their academic record (either NCEA, IB or Cambridge). For intermediate students a school report is appropriate.
  • The applicant must include a letter to the selection panel stating the reason for funding and outlining why they make a good candidate for funding.
  • Include a copy of travel itinerary and costs
  • Include bank deposit slip or your bank account number
  • Include a copy of passport or birth certificate

Eligible activities and costs

Up to 60% of the applicant’s direct costs of travel and event registration will be funded. 

Please send a copy of your 2019 TSSTA Application for Funding Form to:

Debbie Woodhall
Royal Society of New Zealand
PO Box 598
Wellington 6140

If sending by courier:

11 Turnbull Street
Wellington 6011

Fax: 04 473 1841
Phone: 04 470 5762 

If you have any queries about making an application for a Talented School Students Travel Award, please email: debbie.woodhall@royalsociety.org.nz