Opportunity for PhD and Early Career Scientists: GYSS - closes 23 August

Published in the Research School of Physics Event Horizon
Vol44 Issue31 5–9 August 2019

Global Young Scientist Summit (GYSS)

The Australian National University has been invited to participate in the the prestigious Global Young Scientist Summit (GYSS) in Singapore, January 2020 (see the GYSS website).

The GYSS is aimed mainly at scientists but some cross-disciplinary applications have been successful in the past. Participants must not have attended previous editions of the GYSS.

The theme for GYSS 2020 is “Advancing Science, Creating Technologies for a Better World” (similar to topics in previous years).


Nominations for GYSS participants are for students or researchers from universities and research institutions worldwide, at the following levels:

  • Undergraduate students;
  • Master’s and Doctoral students; and
  • Young postdoctoral scientists.

All participants should:

  • Not be older than 35 years of age at the time of the Summit;
  • Show a genuine interest in science and research;
  • Show a strong commitment to their principal field of studies and to interdisciplinary work;
  • Receive the endorsement of an organisation that was invited to provide nominees OR receive strong support of their application by their head of department and/or by internationally renowned scientists, through a letter of recommendation
  • Be fluent in English to actively participate in discussions;
  • Not have participated in previous Global Young Scientists Summits; and
  • Not yet have a permanent position (scientists with permanent positions, in particular on the professor level, will not be admitted to the Summit).


The ANU can nominate five candidates who will then be invited to submit a full application directly to GYSS. Please note that a nomination does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the GYSS.  The organisers reserve the right to shortlist nominees to participate.

ANU Applications

Any candidate who wish to apply will need to forward the following documents to GRO@anu.edu.au by COB 23 August 2019to be considered for selection as one of the ANU nominees:

  • Selection Criteria: One page addressing the selection criteria (see the GYSS 2020 Eligibility and Selection Criteria attachment for details). Applicants should focus on their research and how it relates to the GYSS theme in their statement
  • CV: A short CV (no fixed format but should highlight research interests, education background, awards and key publications), and
  • Support & Funding: A letter from a supervisor or Head of Research School in support of the candidate’s application. A confirmation that local funding is available for the candidate for airfare. Additionally, the Office of the Dean Higher Degree research will contribute $500 per participant towards airfare costs (as a reimbursement to the College via Finance).


  • Applications due to GRO Thursday 23 August 2019
  • GRO to shortlist ANU applicants After 23 August 2019
  • Applicants advised of the outcome After 30 August 2019


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards


Paulina Piira

HDR Scholarships, Liaison & Communications Coordinator

Graduate Research Office

Office of the Dean, Higher Degree Research

Level 6, 121 Marcus Clarke Street

The Australian National University

ACTON ACT 2601 Australia

T: +61 2 61251796

E: Paulina.Piira@anu.edu.au

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