Josh Award 2020 Applications Now Open, Manchester Science Festival

  • North West
  • crafts, combined arts, dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, literature, museums, photography, music, theatre, visual arts


Applications are now open for the Josh Award, 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. You don't have to be a science communication expert to apply.

The winner of this year’s Award will receive up to £2,500 to develop and deliver an activity for Manchester Science Festival in October 2020, along with a personal prize of £2,000 from the Josh Award Foundation, a year’s paid membership to the BIG STEM Communicators Network and access to professional development opportunities. Last year’s winners, Ben and Fred, wowed festival audiences with a science-themed juggling show.

Further information about the Award can be found on the Science and Industry museum website.

You can submit your application through the online form or fill in the downloadable version and email it to  

We welcome audio and video submissions, as well as written applications.

The deadline for applications is 10.00 on Tuesday 14 April 2020.