Through the partnership between SGAC and the CNES, this scholarship is available for students studying in France, or for students of French nationality regardless of the country where they study, to attend the 69th International Astronautical Congress (01 – 05 October 2018) in Bremen, Germany.


Deadline for applications: 31st May 2018, 23:59 GMT


This scholarship is now open for submissions. The award will be selected by the SGAC and CNES to award students who demonstrate outstanding activity and motivation in the space sector. The scholarship winner(s) will be publicly announced through the SGAC network and PR channels.

This scholarship dedicated to the IAC 2018 is independent from the SGC 2018. Any application to the SGC 2018 must be done separately. The present scholarship does not prevent nor imply selection to the SGC 2018.


The winner(s) will receive an award to attend IAC 2018 in Bremen, Germany. The award will cover the expenses for the travel, accommodation and conference registration fees in Bremen up to 750 euros. The winner(s) have to take responsibility for additional expenses. The scholarship is provided to the winner(s) after the events, and after all activities and responsibilities are satisfied, upon presentation of proofs of payment.

Dates are:

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your complete application using the Scholarships Submission Form. Your submission should follow the guidelines below.

Your submission should follow the guidelines below.



  1. The scholarship is open to a) students of French nationality regardless of the country where they study, and b) students of all nationalities studying in France.
  2. All participants must be SGAC members (registered on the SGAC website) between the age of 18 and 35 years as of 5 October 2018.
  3. Scholarship judges and organisers are ineligible for the award.
  4. Winners should not receive support from any other source to attend IAC. Should winners receive such support midway through the program, SGAC should be informed and solution will be sought. In particular, laureats of scholarships related to SGC 2018 cannot apply to the present scholarship.


  1. The language of all submissions must be in English.
  2. All submissions shall be made by 31 May 2018, 23:59 GMT. Any submissions after the deadlines will not be considered.
  3. Applicants are asked to submit their CV with date of birth and a headshot photo, and a short letter expressing your motivation of up to 1000 words.
  4. All submissions shall be merged into one single document (unlocked PDF under 5 MB) and submitted via the Scholarships Submission Form. Please also upload your essay in the Scholarship Submission Form under “Link to the Relevant Documents” section. You will need to be logged in ( as an SGAC member to access the submission page.

Responsibility of Winners

  1. The winner shall:
    • Attend the IAC 2018 in its entirety
    • Represent SGAC at the SGAC booth at IAC at assigned time slots
    • Submit a short report (2 pages excluding pictures) and a short video (1 minute) describing his or her experience at IAC 2018 for inclusion on the SGAC website, newsletter or social media and that of our partners
    • Meet with the scholarship supporters during IAC 2018, the meeting will be organized by SGAC.


  1. The award will be paid out after the IAC 2018, no later than 30 days after fulfilment of all responsibilities listed above.
  2. In case applicants or the winner receive funding for IAC 2018 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 winner(s). 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 any expenses until they have formal confirmation that the scholarship has been awarded. The SGAC is not liable for any expenses incurred by applicants in any case where a scholarship is not awarded, or in excess of the value of the awarded grant

Copyright and Intellectual Property

  1. By submitting an entry, applicants agree to permit SGAC and all affiliated organisers to mention their names, affiliations and headshot picture in connection with the scholarship.
  2. Copyright of the submitted entry shall remain with the contestants. However, by submitting an entry all contestants agree that SGAC and all affiliated organisers are granted non-exclusive reproduction rights regarding all submitted documents. SGAC and all affiliated organisers may also present ideas and findings generated by this scholarship at relevant conferences.


  1. Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that IAC 2018 is cancelled. SGAC will not reimburse the 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 IAC 2018 or 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 ISS Crew Fund Scholarship will be evaluated together by SGAC and ISS Crew Fund.


Entries accepted: Now!
Essay submission deadline: 31st May 2018 23:59 GMT
Winners announced: 15th June 2018
International Astronautical Congress: 1st – 5th October 2018



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



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

Founded in 1961, the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) is the French government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France’s space policy in Europe. Its tasks are to invent the space systems of the future, bring space technologies to maturity and guarantee France’s independent access to space.

CNES is a pivotal player in Europe’s space programme, and a major source of initiatives and proposals that aim to maintain France and Europe’s competitive edge.
It conceives and executes space programmes with its partners in the scientific community and industry, and is closely involved in many international cooperation programmes—the key to any far-reaching space policy.
The agency is more-than 2,400-strong workforce constitutes an exceptional pool of talent, with some 1,800 engineers and executives, 35% of whom are women.
Through its ability to innovate and its forward-looking vision, CNES is helping to foster new technologies that will benefit society as a whole, focusing on Ariane, Sciences, Observation, Telecommunications and Defence.

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 SGAC Scholarships Coordinators (contact above).