Space Science Week Competition

Description | Award | How to Apply | Competition Guidelines

The Space Generation Advisory Council, in conjunction with the Space Studies Board of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (SSB), invites SGAC members who are based in the United States to submit an application for the Space Science Week competition.

The winners will be granted admission, travel, and accommodation expenses to this event taking place on March 27-29, 2018 in Washington, DC.  These awards are being offered to SGAC to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the SSB in 1958.

To find out more information about this meeting in 2017 please refer to: An agenda for the meeting in 2018 is not yet available but will follow a similar format.

Submission Deadline: 30 November 2017



The purpose of this competition is to select participants to take part in the discussions of specific committees which meet in parallel and plenary sessions at the annual Space Science Week.

The committees are as follows:

  1. Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA)
  2. Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science (CAPS)
  3. Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space (CBPSS)
  4. Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space (CESAS)
  5. Committee on Solar and Space Physics (CSSP)

Space Science Week will be taking place from March 27th until March 29th, 2018 at the historic  National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington DC in the United States. It is a joint meeting that is made up of the aforementioned committees, of the Space Studies Board, in collaboration with the Academies’ Board on Physics and Astronomy and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.



Five applicants will be selected, one for each committee mentioned above. The five winners will each receive a support from the SSB for admission, travel, and accommodation to attend Space Science Week in Washington, D.C. from March 27-29, 2018 and attend the specified sub-committee’s programming for the duration of the event. [Some sessions on March 29th may be held in closed executive session and would not, therefore, be open to SGAC members or any other participants from the public.]


How to Apply

To apply, applicants must submit their CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the title “NAS17-Applicant’s Name”, a list of their three preferred sub-committees, and a letter of intent. This letter of intent should include:

  • The reason the applicant wishes to join the committee meeting
  • Recent work or projects that the applicant is working on and are relevant to the committee's discussions


Competition Guidelines

  1. All submitted materials must be in English.
  2. The competition is open only for students and young professionals (recent graduates or professionals under the age of 35). Participants must be SGAC members, between the ages of 18 to 35 inclusive on March 27, 2018 and live in the United States.
  3. Scholarship organisers and judges are not eligible for this award.
  4. All submissions must be made by November 30, 2017 at 11:59PM CEST. Any submissions after the deadline will not be considered.
  5. By submitting an entry, applicants agree to permit the SGAC and all affiliated organisers including the SSB to use their names, affiliations, and headshot photo in connection with the award.
  6. Winners are required to write a short report describing their experience at Space Science Week for inclusion on the SGAC website or newsletter.
  7. Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner fails to attend the Space Science Week or is unable to under extenuating circumstances; in that case the award offer shall become void
  8. Travel and hotel arrangements will be made by the SSB in consultation with the awardees, and according to Academies’ guidelines and policies.  Breakfast and lunch each day will be provided at the meeting, but other per diem expenses will be the responsibility of the awardee.  The award includes an invitation to the annual Space Science Week dinner and public lecture.
  9. Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner fails to attend the event or is unable to under extenuating circumstances; in that case the award offer shall become void.
  10. 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.


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