NSF Grant Scheme to support Overseas Science Education Programme (OSEP) is temporary suspended

Overseas Science Education Programme of NSF (OSEP)

OSEP is to provide an international exposure on trends in modern science, technology, research and innovation to Sri Lankan school children, teachers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; STEM) and University Undergraduates in order to upgrade and improve their knowledge on science, technology and innovation to face the challenges of the modern world by providing financial assistance.

Categories of candidates and types of programmes

Types of programmes
Types of programmes
  • Science days
  • Science seminars
  • Science competitions
  • Science camps / observation camps
  • Publish science magazines and radio programmes
  • Any other activity recognized by NSF
School teachers (STEM)
  • Training programmes on Science education / science popularization overseas
  • Science Competitions overseas
  • Intel ISEF
  • International Olympiad
  • Seminars / Conferences related to science education and science popularization overseas
  • Other international competitions and activities identified by the NSF
University undergraduates
  • Science Competitions and Science Fairs overseas
  • Seminars / Conferences related to science education and science popularization overseas
  • Other overseas activities identified by the NSF

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicant must be a citizen of Sri Lanka.

Directions for applicants

  • Applications can be obtained from the NSF by sending a self- addressed stamped envelope or directly downloaded from the NSF website.
  • Duly completed applications should be sent to Director General, National Science Foundation, 47/5, Maitland Place, Colombo 07.
  • Applications should be submitted at least 3 months prior to commencement of the programme.
  • After a grant is awarded it is non-transferable and non-deferrable.
  • The decision of the NSF Board of Management will be final.
  • Any form of canvassing is regarded as a disqualification.


  • Airfare, food and accommodation will be provided to the selected group (s) by the NSF.
  • Government schools and Universities registered with the NSF will be fully funded. Private and International schools registered with the NSF will be partially funded (50 %).
  • Funding will be based on the recommendation of the relevant Committee on Science Popularization and approval of the NSF Board of Management. Decision of the Board of Management will be the final.


  • Science Popularization Division: 0112696771 (ext-111,104,108)
  • Applicants must be from schools (school children: Grade 09 upward; Teachers: STEM teachers) and University Science Societies registered with the NSF.


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