The registration deadline for the July program is 7 January, 2020. However, it is highly recommended to purchase tickets as close to the opening date as is possible (26 November). If you wish to apply for a scholarship or equity advanced placement, please ensure that it is submitted by 22 November.

Listed below is the selection criteria for any student wishing to attend the GERRIC Student Programs. It is the responsibility of the parent and/or caregiver to read the below and make sure that the student meets the criteria.

Qualifying selection criteria for the Junior Scientia or Scientia Challenge program (at least ONE of the following):

  • Scored at or above the 95th percentile (I.Q. 125+) on an individual or group I.Q. test; or scored at or above the 95th percentile on a subscale (e.g. verbal or performance) of an individual I.Q. test
  • Scored at or above the 95th percentile on a standardised test of achievement in any academic subject area
  • Scored within the top band on the NAPLAN in any subject area
  • Gained placement in a full time, self-contained class for academically gifted students (e.g. Opportunity Classes in NSW Schools)
  • Obtained an academic scholarship of some description
  • Gained a Distinction or High Distinction in the Australian Schools Science or English Competitions, the Australian Primary Mathematics Competition, or the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) tests (any subject)
  • A letter from the school confirming that the student's academic potential in any/all subject areas is within the top 5% of the student population

In addition, all students are expected to be able to behave in a manner that respects the safety and learning needs of others.

Those applying for a scholarship or advanced placement must submit proof of meeting the selection criteria. Other applicants do not have to formally submit or supply copies or proof of the selection criteria; however, you must be able to supply proof to GERRIC upon request.

Program fees are $385 per student. This price covers the whole three days of the program and is inclusive of GST.

Payment can only be made by credit card using our online payment system (Eventbrite), which will only occur during the registration process. Please have your payment ready for 26 November. 

If you are experiencing financial difficulty we encourage you to apply for a scholarship. Some students also seek sponsorship independently from their schools or local businesses or community organisations. You may also contact GERRIC to discuss a payment plan.

Each workshop run for the full three days and content is cumulative. Each student is only placed in ONE workshop per season (January or July), which lasts for the whole three days.

There are three scholarships available for families with financial hardship: the Lauren Kipic Memorial Scholarship (available in January only), the Tim Huang Scholarship (available in July only), and the Professor Miraca Gross Scholarship (available in January and July for sponsorship for EITHER session, not BOTH). These cover the workshop fees. The student’s family is responsible for travel and all other associated costs.

Click here for more information on how to apply for a scholarship.

Most families opt for the higher level when a student's year at school falls on the cusp between one or more of our designations.

e.g. a student who will start Year 3 the following February is eligible to apply for the Year 3-4 workshops, and a student who will start Year 5 the following February is eligible to apply for the Year 5-6 workshops.

However, if the topic of a workshop in the lower bracket is particularly appealing to a student, or if a parent believes that level to be more socially appropriate for their child, they may apply for a workshop at that level.

e.g. a student who has just finished Year 4 may apply for a Year 3-4 workshop if desired.

Please note that your child MUST be within the appropriate age bracket for the workshops that they have applied. Children outside the lower age range of the workshop are not permitted to join the programs. No refunds will be provided in the event that your child is found to be outside the age bracket of the workshop.

"Scientia" means "knowledge" in Latin, and is part of the UNSW motto Scientia Manu et Mente, "knowledge by hand and mind." The GERRIC Junior Scientia and Scientia Challenge programs offer workshops on a range of subjects, from science to art, literature, music and new technologies.

All GERRIC staff, both teaching and non-teaching, have Working With Children Checks and anaphylaxis response training. The GERRIC Coordinator is certified in First Aid and CPR. UNSW Security is alerted to the presence of the students on campus, and all students wear name tags throughout the programs with emergency contact numbers and instructions in case they or others they may encounter on campus need to contact the GERRIC coordinator. Students are always kept with their group and should not ever be alone on the campus (they visit the toilet in pairs or with one of the classroom assistants). Students must bring their lunches and are not allowed to visit campus eateries.

Students may only leave at the end of the day with a parent or guardian. If you would like to arrange alternative pickup or drop-off arrangements for your child, please indicate this on your application form or email

All programs take place from 8:45am - 3:30pm, at the UNSW Kensington Campus (January) or Matraville Sports High School (July).

While many of the programs, particularly for younger children, are concentrated in one building, other workshops take place in various buildings across campus in order to take advantage of science and computer labs, music and recording studios, and other specialised equipment needs. Each workshop meets in a specific room or lab and students are to be picked up and dropped off from the workshop location. Location information is sent to parents prior to program commencement via email.

We recognise that for January, navigating the campus can be difficult and encourage families to plan ahead knowing that multiple siblings or friends with whom you may be carpooling may have students placed in different workshop locations. GERRIC staff are happy to wait with students if it takes you a little extra time to pick up students from multiple locations, however, we do not have enough staff to walk individual students to particular pick-up and drop-off locations. This is for the safety of all students and to ensure we know where every student is at all times.

Parking is always a challenge at universities and UNSW is no exception; we encourage you to use public transit if possible. Parking at Matraville Sports High School is a much better situation than the university, but we still recommend public transport. Have a look here at how to get to Matraville Sports High School.

Please click here for a list of accommodation options we have compiled.

Please read these Frequently Asked Questions and then contact us with any additional queries.

T: 9385 1972