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Science for Development

BT Young Scientist Award

Self Help Africa has been running the 'Science for Development' award at the BT Young Scientists event, in collaboration with Irish Aid for over a decade.

The prize encourages students across a broad range of science subjects to consider the challenges affecting people in the developing world, and present potential scientific solutions to these issues.

The ‘Science for Development’ award presents a €5,000 travel bursary at the annual BT Young Scientists Exhibition to the winning student project. Funded by Irish Aid and implemented by Self Help Africa, the award is adjudicated entirely independently by the judges at the annual BT Young Scientists Exhibition.

Previous winners of the award have included Tara McGrath from Kilkenny, whose subsequent visit to Ethiopia to test her cooking stove was the subject of an RTE television documentary “My Big Idea”, and Richie O'Shea, the 18 year old Cork student who also won the overall national BT Young Scientist of the Year award in 2010.

Timothy McGrath, from Killorglin Community College in Co.Kerry, received the 2018 Science for development Award. Using genetic engineering to purify cholera-infected water, his project sought to develop a micro-organism that feeds on the cholera bacteria.

Read about the 2019 award winner here

Download Science for Development Info Brochure here


Self Help Africa is committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of children while they are participating in events run by or on behalf of Self Help Africa. Self Help Africa adheres to the requirements of the Children First Act 2015 (“CFA”) and the National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children, 2017 (“Children First Guidance, 2017”) developed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and also requires those who run events on its behalf to do so.


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