UKSA Scholarship – SGC 2021

SGAC has partnered with the UK Space Agency to bring 1 student or young professional to attend the 19th Space Generation Congress (October 21 – 23 2021) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

Application Deadline: 16 July 2021, 23:59 GMT  Applications are now closed


The Space Generation Congress (SGC) is the annual meeting of the Space Generation Advisory Council always held in conjunction with the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) at the same hosting Country. The Delegates are ~80 top university students and young professionals with a passion for space. They are selected with a highly competitive application process open to our Space Generation international network. With SGC, SGAC aims to promote the voice of the next generation of space sector leaders on the topic of international space development.

By attending the Space Generation Congress (SGC), delegates will learn, share their knowledge, network with fellow students and young professionals in the space industry, and meet the industry’s leaders and experts.

All output produced by the Space Generation Congress (SGC) is compiled into a report to be presented at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, as well as other conferences around the World.

The scholarship will support a confirmed delegate of the SGC (with UK Nationality or UK Resident) to take part in this year’s conference.


The total value of the scholarship is $250, which will go towards supporting a student/young professional to attend the SGC 2021.

How to Apply

To apply, you will first need to apply as a Space Generation Congress delegate here, if you haven’t already, then to answer the following two questions:

  1. How would you like to use your knowledge to contribute to the UK space industry? (max 250 words)
  2. Where do you see the UK leading the global space industry in the next 5-10 years? (max 250 words)

IMPORTANT: We are experiencing a technical problem and the Scholarship Submission form might not be working. If so, please email the answers of the form to [email protected] using as subject “[SGC – UKSA Scholarship] Application from Name Surname”

Note: Applicants must first register as SGC delegates and then apply for the scholarship. Applicants who have not applied for SGC will be automatically rejected.

Your submission should follow the competition guidelines below.



  • The language of all submissions must be in English.
  • The competition is open to all students and young professionals with a UK Nationality or UK Resident.
  • Winners should not receive support from any other source to attend the SGC 2021. Should the winners receive such support midway through the program, SGAC should be informed and a solution will be sought.

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. “Recently” 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. In the event that the SGC 2021 is forced to be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this scholarship will not be counted as an international travel grant, and winners are eligible to apply for another travel grant in the next 2 years.


  1. The application shall be submitted via the Scholarship Submission Form. 
  2. The language of all submissions shall be English.
  3. To apply, you will need to prepare answers to the following two questions:
    1. How would you like to use your knowledge to contribute to the UK space industry? (Max 250 words)
    2. Where do you see the UK leading the global space industry in the next 5-10 years? (Max 250 words)
  4. In case of lack of quality of submissions, SGAC and UKSA have the right to extend and or cancel the competition.

Responsibilities of the Winners

  1. The winning shall:
    • Attend the entire SGC 2021
    • Submit a short report (2 pages excluding pictures) or a video describing his or her experience at SGC 2021 for inclusion on the SGAC and UKSA website, newsletter or social media outlets.

All responsibilities shall be fulfilled and reports etc. submitted not later than November 30, 2021. In case the scholarship awardee does not complete the scholarship requirements on time, the scholarship funds will be transferred to SGAC general budget to continue supporting the mission and work of SGAC.  

These tasks offer great opportunities such as being the rapporteur of an SGC working group and helping with writing a group report and meeting interesting people.


  1. The award will be paid out after the SGC 2021, no later than 30 days after fulfilment of all responsibilities listed above.
  2. The scholarship award reimbursement is conditioned on the awardee fulfilling the scholarship requirements not later than November 30, 2021.
  3. In case the winner receives funding for SGC 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.
  4. 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 competition is not awarded, or above the value of the awarded grant.
  5. Reimbursements will follow the SGAC Scholarships Travel Policy & Reimbursement Guidelines. Please make sure to consult the Guidelines before incurring expenses.

Copyright and Intellectual Property

  1. By submitting an entry, applicants agree to permit the SGAC, UKSA 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 if SGC 2021 is cancelled. SGAC will not reimburse the winning author, even if he/she has already incurred expenses.
  2. Organisers shall not be responsible if the award winner fails to attend SGC 2021 or is unable to under extenuating circumstances; in that case, the award offer shall become void.
  3. Organisers shall not be responsible if 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.


Applications will be evaluated by a panel of UKSA representatives based on the answers provided to the aforementioned questions. 

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


Entries accepted:

June 25, 2021

Submission Deadline:

July 16, 2021 23:59 GMT.

Applications evaluation

July 17 – July 31, 2021

Winner notified 

July 31, 2021

19th Space Generation Congress

October 21 – 23, 2021


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