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.

Application close: 25 March 2018, 23:59 GMT 


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.

They are asked to submit an essay. It should not exceed 800 words and 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


The winner will be recognised during the Moon-Mars GNF panel during the 69th International Astronautical Congress.

The winners will also be awarded 200 EUR to contribute to expenses towards the 17th Space Generation Congress (SGC) and the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen, Germany.

Dates are:

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your complete application using the Scholarships Submission Form.



  1. The scholarship is open to all students and young professionals from any country.
  2. All participants shall be SGAC members between the ages of 18 to 35 inclusive (up to the day of their 36th birthday) on 1 October 2018.
  3. Scholarship organisers and judges are not eligible for this award.


  1. All submissions shall be made by 25 March 2018, 23:59 GMT. Any submissions after the deadlines will not be considered.
  2. The submission is due as an unlocked PDF document under 5 MB. It shall be submitted via the Scholarships Submission Form. You will need to be logged in as an SGAC member to access the submission page.
  3. The language of all submissions shall be English.
  4. In case of lack of quality of submissions SGAC and its partner have the right to extend and or cancel the scholarship.

Responsibilities of the Winners

  1. The winning author shall:
    1. Attend the entire SGC 2018
    2. Attend the entire IAC 2018
    3. Support the running of SGC 2018 and the SGAC booth
    4. Submit a short report (2 pages excluding pictures) and a short video (1 minute) describing his or her experience at SGC 2018 and IAC 2018 for inclusion on the SGAC website, newsletter or social media and that of our partners
    5. Meet with the scholarship supporters during IAC 2018, the meeting will be organized by SGAC
      These tasks offer great opportunities such as being the rapporteur of a SGC working group and helping with writing a group report, being the front face of SGAC at the SGAC booth and meeting interesting people.


  1. The award will be paid out after the SGC / IAC 2018, no later than 30 days after fulfilment of all responsibilities listed above.
  2. In case applicants or the winning author receive funding for SGC 2018 and/or 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 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 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 SGC 2018 and/or IAC 2018 is cancelled. SGAC will not reimburse the winning author, even if he/she has already incurred expenses.
  2. Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner fails to attend SGC 2018 and/or 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.


Entries accepted Closed
Submission Deadline 25 March, 2018 – 23:59 GMT
Winners announced 1 April 2018
Space Generation Congress 27 – 29 September 2018
International Astronautical Congress 1 – 5 October 2018


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


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 ([email protected])

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).