Astronomy Conference Scholarship

June 19, 2020

Astronomy Conference

The Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (RASNZ) offers 10 to 15 top secondary students who are NZ citizens and at secondary school anywhere in New Zealand scholarships to enable them to attend the RASNZ annual astronomy conference, which will take place this year in Wellington, Friday 23 (afternoon) to Sunday 25 October 2020 (about 4 pm) – provided Covid-19 doesn’t affect our plans.

The scholarships comprise free registration for the conference (value $265), free travel from their home to Wellington*, free backpacker accommodation in Wellington for 23 and 24 October*, and a free banquet ticket for the conference banquet on Saturday 24 October (value $95). Students in years 13, 12 or 11 may apply. 

*Accommodation and travel only if required for non-Wellington residents

 To be considered, students should email a short statement of no more than 300 words explaining why they would like to attend the conference and why they are interested in astronomy. This statement should be sent to RASNZ Immediate-Past President, John Drummond ( ) by Friday 7th August 2020, 8 pm.

Include your name, gender, age, school, year of study at school in 2020, city, email address, telephone contact and science teacher’s name, phone and email. For more detail see the RASNZ webpage –

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