ISU – ASPACE – SGAC Scholarship Africa – 2024

ISU has partnered with ASPACE and SGAC to offer one full scholarship to a selected student from Africa to attend the ISU Master of Space Studies 2024-2025.

Application Deadline: 30 April 2024



We are proud to announce that the International Space University (ISU) in partnership with ASPACE Satellite Technology Limited (ASPACE) and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) will offer a full scholarship to attend their one-year Master of Space Studies (MSS) to the winner of the competition.

ISU is a long-standing partner of SGAC and has supported several initiatives including the organization of the 7th African Space Generation Workshop (AF-SGW) hosted in Ghana and the upcoming AF-SGW to be held in Abuja, Nigeria. On this occasion, ISU joins forces with SGAC and ASPACE to allow young African students and professionals to join one of their most popular space programs.

Chosen from a pool of exceptional candidates, this highly competitive contest offers the chance for one individual living in Africa and having one of the African countries’ nationality to secure their spot in the prestigious Master of Space Studies program at the renowned International Space University.



The award will support one candidate to join the ISU Master of Space Studies (MSS) program. The scholarship award is going to fully cover the tuition fee for the winner.

The Master’s program in Space Studies is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the rapidly evolving space sector. The one-year program covers all space domains and a wide range of topics. Graduates of the program will have a deep understanding of space engineering, space applications, space exploration, and the physical and life sciences of the space environment. They will also be familiar with space policies and regulations and will have the ability to critically evaluate knowledge across a variety of disciplines. The program also emphasizes entrepreneurial aspects, preparing students to establish and fund space startups and master project management techniques.

For more details about the MSS program, please check


How to Apply

The minimum pre-requisites to be eligible to apply for the MSS is to be proficient in English and to have obtained (or be about to obtain) a Bachelor’s degree (in any field, technical or non-technical) by August 2024.

Admission requirements are available here:

Before applying, you will need to prepare the following documents:

  • a resume (CV) which should in particular include the list of your contributions to SGAC
  • an essay (around 500 words) explaining your motivation to attend the ISU MSS
  • a copy of your diplomas and grade transcripts
  • 2 reference letters following the standard ISU template to be sent to the referees

All submissions must be made using the ISU Applications website at before the 30th of April 2024, 23:59 GMT. All the documents mentioned above must be provided by this deadline in order for the application to be valid.

Your submission should follow the competition guidelines below.




  • To be a citizen of an African country and to reside in Africa.
  • To be an SGAC member 
  • To be between 18 and 35 years old at the time of the start of the MSS program.
  • ISU and SGAC Board and Staff are not eligible for this award.
  • If selected, to be able to obtain a visa to travel to France

Submission rules

  • The application shall be submitted via the ISU website.
  • The language of all submissions shall be English.
  • In case of a lack of quality submissions, the organizers have the right to extend and or cancel the competition.

Responsibilities of the Winner

The winner shall:

  • Submit a 1-minute video recording themselves, describing how this opportunity is going to be a game changer and encouraging similar initiatives for inclusion on the SGAC and ISU website, newsletter, or social media outlets.
  • Attend and complete the entire Master’s program starting in September 2024.
  • Contribute to advocating for the next generation of Space Leaders within Africa.

Copyright and Intellectual Property

  1. By submitting an entry, applicants agree to permit the SGAC, ISU, and other participating organisations to use their names, affiliations, and headshot photo in connection with the scholarship. This also applies to the essay that is submitted: portions of this essay could be used for promotional purposes (the authors, of course, will be credited for the content).
  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 papers. SGAC and all affiliated organisers may also present ideas and findings generated by this competition at relevant conferences.


  1. Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that the competition is canceled.
  2. Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner fails to attend ISU’s Master’s program 2024 or is unable to under extenuating circumstances.
  3. Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner cannot obtain any necessary travel documents.
  4. In case the winner cannot attend the ISU program, it will be up to the organizers to decide if a back-up candidate can be selected or if the scholarship will be deferred to the following year.


The applications academically accepted by ISU will be reviewed by a jury including one ISU representative, one ASPACE representative and one SGAC representative. The jury will choose the winner of the full MSS scholarship.


Entries accepted:


Submission Deadline:

30 April 2024, 23:59 GMT

Application evaluation and selection

May 2024

Announcement of Results:

End of May 2024 (or earlier if the selection process is completed faster than expected)



We look forward to your contribution and thank you for taking part in this space endeavor!