ILEWG Scholarship

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SGAC and the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG) are looking for your ideas and visions for the future of lunar exploration. The ILEWG Scholarship - Young Lunar Explorer (YLE) recognizes young members of the space community who have been supporting the path to further lunar exploration with their scientific or technical contributions, and those with a vision on the future of the exploration of our closest celestial neighbour.



The scholarship will follow past prestigious ILEWG Lunar Exploration Prizes that have, among others, been given to teams at ESA, JAXA, NASA, and ISRO. This Young Lunar Explorers Awards is a grant recognizing students and young professionals.

Prizes will be awarded in two different categories:

  • Technical paper
  • Essay

Technical paper

If you are choosing to submit a technical paper:

  • The paper should conform to the rules for submissions to the IAC (including font, font size, page margin, picture, etc.), and should not exceed 10 pages in length, a template can be downloaded here

  • The paper must include original content and research, work that has already been published at a past IAC or previously submitted to this scholarship is not eligible

  • The paper must be focused on lunar exploration.


If you are choosing to submit an essay:

  • The essay should not exceed 800 words

  • The essay must include the following:

    • Describe in-depth your vision for future lunar exploration

    • Describe the benefits of future lunar exploration

    • Explain your ideas for future steps or applications on the way to the Moon, on technologies to be developed, business cases to explore, etc.


Two winners (one from each category) will be recognised during the Moon-Mars GNF panel during the 68th International Astronautical Congress.

Winners will receive an honorary invitation and lead the planning of the SGAC/ILEWG follow-up event in 2018. Winners will also be awarded 200 EUR to contribute to expenses towards the 16th Space Generation Congress (SGC) and the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia.

Dates are:



  1. The language of all submissions must be in English.
  2. Final submission (paper or essay) is due as unlocked PDF documents under 5 MB. It shall be submitted via the Scholarships Submission Page. You will need to be logged in as an SGAC member to access this page -
  3. All submissions must be made by 31 May 2017, 23:59 GMT. Any submissions after the deadline will not be considered.
  4. The scholarship is open for all students and young professionals from any country. All individuals or team members must be SGAC members 35 years of age or younger by 25 September 2017.
  5. Members of the SGAC Executive Office, Executive Council, scholarship organisers, and judges are not eligible for this award.
  6. Winners are required to support the running of SGC, and the SGAC booth at IAC. Examples of tasks could include being the rapporteur of a SGC Working Group, helping with writing a group report or helping at the SGAC booth at IAC.
  7. Winners are required to write a short report describing his or her experience at SGC and IAC which will be showcased on the SGAC newsletter.
  8. The award will be paid out after the congress, and upon fulfilment of all requirements in a suitable manner. It will be paid out not later than 30 days after fulfilment of all responsibilities.
  9. By submitting an entry, applicants agree to permit SGAC and other participating organisations to mention their names, affiliations and headshot picture in connection with the scholarship.
  10. Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner fails to attend SGC and/or IAC or is unable to under extenuating circumstances; in that case the award offer shall become void.
  11. Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner cannot obtain any necessary travel documents; if they are required but not obtained, the award offer shall become void.
  12. Copyright of the submitted documents shall remain with the contestants. However, by submitting an entry all contestants agree that SGAC and other participating organisations are granted non-exclusive reproduction rights regarding all submitted papers and essays. 
  13. SGAC and/or participating organisations may also present ideas and findings generated by this scholarship at relevant conferences.



Entries accepted Now!
Submission Deadline  31 May 2017, 23:59 GMT
Winners announced 30 June 2017
Space Generation Congress   21-23 September 2017
International Astronautical Congress  25-29 September 2017



For any questions, please refer to SGAC Scholarships Coordinators, Nicole Chase and Michal Kunes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).



SGAC would like to thank the ILEWG for their support to run this scholarship.

The International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG) is a public forum sponsored by the world's space agencies to support "international cooperation towards a world strategy for the exploration and utilization of the Moon - our natural satellite" (International Lunar Workshop, Beatenberg (CH), June 1994).

ILEWG Executive Director: Prof. Bernard Foing (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The essay category is organised together with the Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space (ITACCUS) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

If you or your organisation is interested in providing talented students and young professionals with the opportunity to share their work and ideas with global space community, please contact Scholarships Coordinators (contact above).

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