Students with a Passion for Astronomy (SWAPA)

Student competitions and scholarships New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 22 March 2021
Notice reference #: 1HAJ7Q

The Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (RASNZ) offers 10 to 15 secondary students scholarships to enable them to attend the RASNZ annual astronomy conference.

The conference will take place this year in Wellington, Friday 9 (afternoon) to Sunday 11 July 2021 (about 4 pm) – provided Covid-19 doesn’t affect our plans. NZ residents currently attending a NZ secondary school in Y13, 12 or 11 may apply.
The scholarships comprise free registration for the conference (value $265), free travel from their home to Wellington*, free backpacker accommodation in Wellington for 9 and 10 July*, and a free banquet ticket for the conference banquet on Saturday 10 July (value $95).

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 the RASNZ Immediate-Past President, Dr Nicholas Rattenbury ( by 5pm Monday 10 May 2021.

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.

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

Events summary

New Zealand (nationwide)

09 July 2021 – 11 July 2021

Further information

Contact: Dr Nicholas Rattenbury

 (09) 373 7599 extn 81224