Students in grades 9-12 or equivalent must compete in an Intel ISEF affiliated science fairs around the world AND win the right to attend the Intel ISEF. Each affiliated fair may send a pre-determined number of projects to the Intel ISEF (as factored by participation and high school population) to compete in 22 different categories. For a complete set of rules and guidelines on eligibility to compete at Intel ISEF, please review the International Rules for Precollege Science Research.
What is the timeline for Intel ISEF and when should I start my research?
Students may present work for their project which includes no more than 12 months of continuous research and may not include research performed over 18 months from the time of the Intel ISEF Fair in which they will be competing. Local, regional, and state affiliated fairs take place throughout the year, but all will be completed by early April.
What is an Intel ISEF affiliated science fair?
A Society-affiliated science fair is a research-based, high school competition that is a member of the Intel ISEF network. These competitions exist in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and 70 countries, regions, and territories. To affiliate, science fairs agree to follow basic guidelines for fair operations and Intel ISEF rules governing student research, but are ultimately responsible for their own management. Fairs are conducted at local, regional, state and national levels. Find an Society-affiliated fair in your area.
What are Intel ISEF awards?
More than 600 individual and team awards are presented every year at the Intel ISEF. Each entry is judged at least four times with category awards given in first, second, third and fourth place. Awards are $3,000, $1,500, $1,000 and $500 respectively in each of the 22 categories. The top winner of the Intel ISEF receives the Gordon Moore Award, and $75,000, with the next top two winners each receiving a $50,000 award. Additional awards worth approximately $4 million are provided through the Intel ISEF Special Awards program, and include tuition scholarships, summer internships, scientific field trips, and laboratory equipment. They are provided by Intel and about 70 other corporate, professional, and government sponsors annually.