African Space Leader Award 2021

The African Space Leader Award aims to recognise SGAC members for their contributions to the space field in the SGAC region of Africa as well as to provide opportunities to talented individuals to attend the 4th African Space Generation Workshop (AF-SGW) on February 25-26 2021 to be held in Accra, Ghana.


Embracing diversity is the cornerstone of SGAC’s principles. The goal of the African Space Leaders Award is to provide an opportunity for interaction between members of the space sector with diverse geographic and professional backgrounds. The African Space Leaders Award provides funding support for the attendance of international delegates who bring unique and insightful firsthand perspectives to the 4th AF-SGW.


The winners will receive an award in order to attend the

  • the 4th African Space Generation Workshop

This award will cover round trip travel costs up to 500 dollars (USD) to attend the African Space Generation Workshop via economy airfare, accommodation, and visa costs for 4 awardees.

The awardees will be presented with a certificate of award during the 4th AF-SGW.

How to Apply

Applications to the African Space Leaders Award are accepted as part of the 4th AF-SGW delegate applications.  You can find more information about the 4th AF-SGW here.

Applications are now closed.



  1. The scholarship is open to all students and young professionals whose country of residence is in Africa. Participants must be SGAC members (registered on the SGAC website) between the age of 18 and 35 years as of the 26th of February 2021.
  2. To be eligible, applicants should have had at least some past contributions to SGAC, as volunteers, or attending SGAC events.
    • Examples of contributions include: attending SGAC events, being a member of an SGAC event team, working with SGAC project groups or being a member of the SGAC team including RCs, NPoCs, Executive Office.
  3. Scholarship judges and organisers are ineligible for the award.
  4. Past winners of the African Space Leaders Award are ineligible for this award.
  5. Winners should not receive support from any other source to the event. Should winners receive such support midway through the program, SGAC should be informed and a solution will be sought.
  6. Due to the current Covid-19 sanitary crisis, in case the event has to transit to an online version, SGAC reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship.


  1. The language of all submissions must be in English.
  2. Applicants will submit their application through the African Space Leaders Award form
  3. CVs can be submitted via Word document or pdf file uploaded in the application form.
  4. All submissions must be made by the 25th of October 2020, 23:59 GMT. Applications have been extended until the 13th of November 2020, 23:59 GMT. Applications have closed.
  5. Any submissions after the deadline will not be considered.

Responsibilities of Winners

  1. The winner shall:
    • Attend the 4th AF-SGW in its entirety
    • Support the running of the 4th AF-SGW (as moderator or rapporteur)
    • Contribute to finalising the 4th AF-SGW report
    • Submit a short report (1 page excluding pictures) and a short video (1 minute) describing his or her experience at the 4th AF-SGW for inclusion on the SGAC website, newsletter or social media and that of our partners
    • In case the event will be moved online SGAC reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship


  1. The award will be paid out after the 4th AF-SGW, and upon fulfilment of all requirements in a suitable manner as determined by the scholarship coordinators, including any report submissions and submissions of expense claims. It will be paid out no later than 30 days after fulfilment of all responsibilities.
  2. In case applicants receive funding for the 4th AF-SGW by any other organisation, the Scholarships Coordinators shall be informed. If the applicants don’t inform the Scholarships Coordinators, SGAC holds the right to not reimburse the winning author. SGAC aims to reduce the number of double scholarships and will work with the winners to develop a solution in these cases.
  3. Applicants are advised to not engage in any expenses until they have formal confirmation that the competition has been awarded. The SGAC is not liable for any expenses incurred by applicants in any case where a competition is not awarded, or in excess of the value of the awarded grant.
  4. Reimbursements will follow the SGAC Scholarships Travel Policy & Reimbursement Guidelines. Please make sure to consult the Guidelines before incurring in expenses.
  5. Due to the ever changing nature of international travel and restrictions, SGAC strongly encourages you to purchase insurance coverage over your travel expenses.
  6. In the interest of spreading opportunities to more members, SGAC reserves the right to prioritise applicants who have not recently received another SGAC scholarship of a similar nature. This is defined as having received a travel grant in the past 2 years, in the same category (either international or regional/national) as this posted award. international awards include scholarships for international events such as SGC/IAC, SGFF and Space Symposium, while regional/national awards refer to events, such as the Space Generation Workshops (SGW), national space generation events (SG[country]) or other regional or national conferences.

Copyright and Intellectual Property

  1. By submitting an entry, applicants agree to permit SGAC to mention their names, affiliations, and headshot picture in connection with the scholarship.


  1. Organisers shall not be responsible in the event the 4th AF-SGW is cancelled. SGAC will not reimburse the award winner, even if he/she has already incurred expenses.
  2. Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner fails to attend the 6th AP-SGW is unable to under extenuating circumstances; in that case the award offer shall become void.
  3. 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.
  4. The award is not transferable to another event or individual.


The assessment of applications for the African Space Leaders Award will be evaluated by a panel of SGAC Chairs, Executive Director, Regional Coordinators, Scholarship Team Members and the 4th AF-SGW Manager and Deputy Manager.


Evaluation is based on


Contributions to the space sector

  • Scientific research (including publications, presentations, etc)
  • Industrial research and development
  • Contribution to the management of space programs and projects
  • Involvement with space nonprofits and volunteering in the space community (other than SGAC)
  • Involvement in student activities relating to space

20 %

Contributions to SGAC

  • Attendance of SGAC events
  • Contribution to SGAC project groups or Events
  • Volunteering with the SGAC team as part of the SGAC Executive Committee, Executive Office Teams, Event teams or any other team
  • Willingness to contribute in the future to SGAC

30 %

Reason to be selected for the African Space Leaders Award?

  • What makes the applicant the perfect candidate for the award
  • What separates the applicant from other candidates

20 %

How would you leverage this opportunity to grow in the space sector?

  • How do you plan to take advantage of the opportunity to attend this SGW to advance your career in the Space Sector
  • How would you engage with the international space community to contribute to the progress of the space sector in your region

20 %

What unique perspective do you bring to this Space Generation Workshop?

  • Departing from your background, culture and knowledge, what kind of perspective and vision would you bring to the SGW

10 %



Entries accepted:

1st of October 2020, 23:59 GMT

Submission Deadline

13th of November 2020, 23:59 GMT

Review of applications

13th – 20th of November 2020

Information of successful applicants

27th of November 2020


For any questions, please refer to SGAC Scholarships Team ([email protected]).



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