The Josh Award
Applications are currently closed for the Josh Award, which celebrates the fantastic work being done by science communicators across the UK. Applications will re-open spring 2022.
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.
More information about the Award can be found in the call for applications here.
What is the prize?
Winners will be provided with up to £2,500 to develop an activity for Manchester Science Festival 2020, 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, between 23 October and 1 November. Last year’s winners, Ben and Fred, wowed audiences with a science-themed juggling show. More 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 the annual BIG Event in 2021.
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?
Applications open 3 March 2020 and close at 10am on 21 April 2020. To apply, either complete the online form on the Science and Industry Museum website or complete the downloadable version and email it and any supporting documents to
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.
All applicants will be notified of the final decision in the week commencing the 18th May 2020