Call for Applications: THE JOSH AWARD

Deadline: 10.00 on Tuesday 14 April 2020.


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.


Download and read our call for applications , which contains everything you need to know about the Josh Award and what we’re looking for from this year’s applications.

Submit your application through our online form or fill in the downloadable version and email it to

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


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. It has been run in conjunction with Manchester Science Festival since 2007.

As well as recognising the achievement of talented individuals, the award is a long-term project that offers the opportunity for winners to deliver an activity at Manchester Science Festival, develop their communication skills and gain access to professional networks.

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. Josh was also the Chair of BIG, the UK's premier science communicators network, at the time of his passing.