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Apply for the Josh Award 2019

The Josh Award is the UK's national award in STEM communication, established to recognise and encourage talented practitioners who are in the early stages of their professional career, to pursue innovation and creativity in science communication and engagement.

The award provides the opportunity to further develop the winner's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) communication skills, their networks, and their awareness of the industry, with support from teams at the Science Museum Group and the BIG STEM Communicators Network.

The winner will also develop and deliver a new project or event for the Science and Industry Museum holiday programme (between 19 October and 3 November 2019 in Manchester), showcasing best practice in the field of STEM communication.

They will also have the opportunity to further use their skills by being involved in an advisory capacity in the development of the programme for Manchester Science Festival 2020.

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Find out more and apply

To find out more, please download our call for applications pack

To apply, please complete the form below by 23.59 on Wednesday 24 April 2019.

Please note, this form is unable to save drafts. We therefore recommend writing your answers offline, then copying and pasting them into the form before submitting your application.

Should you have any questions regarding your application, please get in touch via email at

About you

In no more than 500 words, please provide the following:
  • Brief biographical details (what/where/when/duration) of your STEM engagement and communication career so far.
  • Your headline motivating experiences, key moments and big aspirations.
  • How you anticipate that winning the award will enhance your professional development.

Your proposal

We're looking for playful and hands-on participatory activities/projects with a contemporary STEM theme, to be part of the 2019 Science and Industry Museum holiday programme (between 19 October and 3 November 2019 in Manchester).

The Science Museum Group will support you to further develop your winning proposal, as necessary, to fit the logistics and practicalities of working in a museum setting.

In no more than 1,500 words, please provide the following:
  • Tell us about your idea for a project or event to deliver as part of the Science and Industry Museum Holiday Programme in Manchester.
  • Explain how your proposal meets the following selection criteria:
    • STEM communication (20%): Demonstrates exceptional potential for delivering an innovative and creative STEM communication experience.
    • Audiences (20%): Engages family groups through creative and participatory science. We are particularly interested in projects and events that attract family groups who might not typically engage with STEM or have a below average interest in STEM (i.e. families with low science capital). 
    • Learning (20%): Demonstrates a compelling example of reflective practice and shared learning, which embeds the idea of building science capital. 
    • Vision (40%): Helps deliver the Science Museum Group's mission of inspiring futures. Show how your project or event will create impact. How might its impact last beyond the holiday programme?
  • Give the draft timeline and budget for your proposed project or event.

Additional information

If you wish to provide any additional documentation to support your application, please provide links in the below box. To share files, we recommend using a cloud storage provider such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or iCloud.

Expectations of the winner

As an early professional career science communicator, and winner of the Josh Award 2019, you will create and deliver an innovative project or event, helping to deliver the Science Museum Group's mission of inspiring futures.

The Science Museum Group will support you with up to £2,500 for agreed costs and expenses. The BIG STEM Communicators Network will support you with free attendance at the 2019 BIG Event, and the Josh Award Foundation will give you a personal prize.

The winner will be expected to:
  • Develop and deliver in Manchester a project or event for the Science and Industry Museum October half term programme, which meets the Award's selection criteria.
  • Meet expected deadlines and make themselves available for key dates agreed in advance.
  • Proactively participate in relevant personal and professional development opportunities provided by the Science Museum Group.
  • Deliver the annual Science Communication lecture about their project.
  • Attend BIG Event 2019, present an audience-engaging case study of their created event/project, and write it up for inclusion in the BIG newsletter.
  • Accept the Josh Award at the BIG Event, and meet the Josh Award Chairman both there and at the Science and Industry Museum.
  • Receive the personal prize cheque from the Josh Award Fund.
  • Be part of the selection panel for Josh Award 2020.
  • Feed into the development of the programme for Manchester Science Festival 2020.
      By checking this box, you acknowledge the expectations as outlined in this section of the application form.

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