The Josh Award
Applications are now closed for the Josh Award 2022, which celebrates the fantastic work being done by science communicators across the UK.
If you have an idea for a show-stopping science communication activity, the Josh Award can provide the platform, experience and support to help you bring it to reality.
What is the Josh Award?
The Josh Award is a national prize for early-career science communicators who are passionate about continuing to work in this field in the future, including students, volunteers, researchers or creatives. The award is inspired by and named in memory of Josh Phillips, who was the first Science Communication Officer at the Science and Industry Museum and proposed the first Manchester Science Festival.
What is the prize?
Winners will be provided with up to £2,500 to develop an activity for Manchester Science Festival, which can be anything from an installation, to a hands-on workshop or a live performance, with support from the festival team. They will then deliver their activity at the festival. Information about previous winners can be found here.
Winners will also receive a year's paid membership to the BIG STEM Communicators Network, including free attendance to this year's annual BIG Event.
The Award also provides opportunities for personal and professional development, including a personal prize of £2,000 from the Josh Award Foundation.
Who is it for?
The Award is open to any individual or group in the early stages of their science communication careers who are UK residents. You don’t have to be a science communication expert to apply, you could be a hobbyist, freelancer, volunteer or work full-time or part-time at an institution.
How do I apply?
To apply, complete the online form on the Science and Industry Museum website
The winner is chosen by a panel with members of the Josh Award Foundation, Manchester Science Festival, the BIG STEM Communicators Network and last year’s winners, based on their own potential and the potential of their proposed activity.