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The Josh Award is a national prize for early-career science communicators (including researchers) to recognise the achievement of talented individuals and offers the opportunity for winners to deliver an activity at Manchester Science Festival, develop their communication skills and gain access to professional networks. There is a cash prize.

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.

The prize includes £2,500 to develop an activity to be delivered at the Manchester Science Festival, free attendance at the BIG event in Cardiff, opportunities for professional development and a personal cash prize from the Josh Award foundation of £2,000 - plus, of course, a trophy to keep for the year.

The prize is open to any individual or group in the early stages of their science communication careers who are UK residents, which could include researchers who have recently changed careers, university students, volunteers, pros and hobbyists.

Judging criteria include ability, learning, audience-focused thinking, and vision.

Application deadline is 10am on 21 April (note this is an extended deadline).

Prize website and application

Josh Award call for applications