Monday, 20 March 2017

STEM ECRs: Top 5 Under 40

The University of New South Wales and ABC Radio National have teamed up once again for Top 5 Under 40 - an initiative which provides emerging researchers in STEM disciplines the opportunity to communicate developments in scientific research.

The Top 5 win a two-week media residency in Sydney at Radio National. Two of the 2015 winners have gone on to present new ABC podcasts: Cosmic Vertigo and Dear Science. One of last year's winners was our very own Nij Lal.

Applications open: Friday 10 March
Applications close: Friday 21 April (midnight)
Judging panel for 10 shortlisted applicants: Tuesday 30 May
Top 5 winners announced: Thursday 8 June
Media residency at ABC RN in Sydney: Monday 3 July - Friday 14 July

Who can apply for the Top 5 under 40 program?
Top 5 Under 40 is open to early-career researchers working in Australian universities and research organisations across science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical research. To be eligible for the scheme, you need to be under the age of 40 – see the online application form for full details of the entry criteria

If I am shortlisted, where will the interviews be conducted?
Up to 10 applicants will be shortlisted and interviewed by Skype.

Will support be provided for Top 5 winners who live outside of Sydney to take part in the two-week media residency at ABC RN's studios?
Yes. Any of the five winners based outside of Sydney will be eligible for travel, accommodation and expenses for the two-week residency in July.

For further information contact Steve Offner, UNSW Media Office, 

The competition's welcome page can be found here:

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