Thank you for your interest in attending the National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp)!

For more information about the program, please visit the NYSCamp's web site at More information about the organization that raises support for NYSCamp, the National Youth Science Foundation, visit

APPLICATIONS to attend the 2020 NYSCamp opened on November 1, 2019. The deadline to submit applications is 6:00 PM EST on February 28, 2020. To be selected, you must be a graduating high school senior in the United States (Two each from every state and Washington, D.C.) and students 16-18 years of age in selected other countries (see below). The 2020 NYSCamp will be held from June 22 to July 15, 2020; you must be able to attend the entire program - no exceptions, except for New York delegates if their regents tests conflict with the first days of camp.

For state-specific information, please contact your state's selection coordinator.

TO APPLY: Go to the top right of this Page and Select "Register." The following screen will allow you to create a login with E-mail or log in with Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin to access the Online Application. Once you have created an account, you will be able to log in to begin your application and then access it at whichever point you have saved it.

To be eligible to attend the NYSCamp:
You must be a resident of:

  • One of the fifty United States,
  • Washington, DC, or
  • Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, or Trinidad and Tobago.

Students representing one of the fifty United States or Washington, DC, must graduate from high school between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.

International delegates must be between 16 and 18 years of age on July 1, 2020, have strong skills in spoken English, and be eligible for a J1 Visa to enter the United States of America. Do not apply for a J1 Visa at this time; if selected, the U.S. Embassy in your country will provide assistance. International students should not apply through this online portal; your application may not be considered. Please see the notes below for information regarding how to apply to be a delegate from your country.


  • You must have documented superior academic proficiency, including recognition in mathematics or the sciences. 
  • You must have documented leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in school or community activities. 
  • You must have documented skills and achievements outside the realm of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and outside the realm of academia.
  • You must demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore many and varied topics.
  • You must intend to pursue higher education and a career in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics-related field.
  • You must be willing and able to participate in the entire NYSCamp program.  The 2020 NYSCamp dates are June 22 - July 15, 2020.

NOTE: The following states DO NOT currently use the Online Application, see links below for additional information on their process or contact Brian Kinghorn, NYSCamp Director, or Andrew Blackwood, NYSF Director,

NOTE: International applicants follow the instructions below to apply to be a delegate from your country:

  • Argentina:
    • Application deadline and details to be announced.
    • For questions regarding applications in Argentina please contact Ms. Laura Demoy 
  • Bolivia:
  • Brazil:
    • Delegates will be selected from participants in the Feira Brasileira de Ciência e Engenharia (FEBRACE), Brazil's largest high school science fair. The deadline for submission of projects has already passed.
    • For questions regarding applications in Brazil please contact Ms. Marcia Mizuno 
  • Chile:
    • Applications will open April 2, 2020 and are due by April 19, 2020. Follow the U.S. Embassy Facebook page for updated information regarding how to apply. 
    • For questions regarding applications in Chile please contact  Ms. Dinah Arnett 
  • Costa Rica:
    • Applications opened February 10, 2020 and are due by March 5, 2020.
    • Applicants will be selected from a group of 9 Scientific High Schools in Costa Rica.
    • For questions regarding applications in Costa Rica please contact Ms. Ligia Alpizar 
  • Ecuador:
    • Applications will open on March 16, 2020. Details on how to apply to be announced soon.
    • Applications will be due by April 15, 2020.
    • For questions regarding applications in Ecuador please contact Andrea Viteri and Gabriel Roldos 
  • Mexico
  • Trinidad and Tobago

TO APPLY: (please read follow these instructions carefully for full consideration)

If you are having any technical difficulty with any aspect of submitting your information or your teacher/mentor submitting their letter of recommendation, please immediately contact We will respond to your email as soon as possible. If we are not aware of your issue before the deadline and the appropriate selection committee is not notified in time, your application may not be considered.

There is no guarantee or obligation for an incomplete application to be considered by any selection committee, regardless of the reason it is incomplete. It is your responsibility to confirm that you have completed all aspects of the application and that the person writing your letter of recommendation has been notified of your request and then they must upload it to the site. Only then, you may make your final confirmation to submit your completed application.

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