OHB SE, one of Europe’s prominent satellite developers, and SGAC are collaborating to support 1 selected SGC delegate to attend the 19th Space Generation Congress (SGC) and the 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) on 21 – 23 October and 25 – 29 October, 2021 respectively in Dubai, UAE.

Application deadline: 15th August 2021, 23:59 GMT


With over 40 years of experience in high technology together with its integrated skills in the areas of space technology and telematics, OHB SE is one of the leading independent forces in the European space, aeronautics and telematics industry. Ideas and systems for studying our solar system form the core of OHB’s exploration activities. Various companies in the OHB SE are working on life sciences, human spaceflight and exploration missions, such as the ISS programme, Gateway, ExoMars, and the upcoming lunar exploration activities. OHB is working in close collaboration with the European Space Agency and other national agencies to continue looking for international possibilities, to strengthen the international exploration scenario.

One of the biggest challenges remaining in space exploration is the sustainable human presence on other surfaces like the Moon or Mars. OHB is working with space agencies on developing technologies to learn more about the human body in microgravity, the environment on the surface of the Moon and Mars, ISRU, analogue activities, and overall about the questions that humans will have to answer to be able to have a sustainable presence in space.

Now, we need you onboard this exciting challenge of setting our foot on another planet or moon! If you have ideas about how to tackle these challenges, submit your essay to the OHB SE Competition! 

The essay (1000 words max) should include a description of the challenge you selected and how you plan to solve it in detail.

The winner of the competition will be required to submit a full paper describing in detail the solution to the target challenge.


The author of the winning essay will receive an award in order to attend the following events:

The award will include provisions for travel, accommodation, and registration for SGC and IAC. The total amount of the scholarship is €2000.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your complete application using the form included in the email that has been sent to all SGC accepted delegates.

Please submit your documents as unlocked PDF files. Your name should be included at the top of all pages. Your submission should follow the competition guidelines below.

Your applications will need to include:

  • Link to the 1000 words essay written in English.
  • CV



  • The competition is open to only selected delegates of SGC2021
  1. All individuals or team members shall be SGAC members between the ages of 18 to 35 inclusive (up to the day of their 36th birthday) on 16 October 2020.
  2. The competition is open to individuals.
  3. Competition organizers and judges are not eligible for this award.
  4. Winners should not receive support from any other source to attend SGC and IAC. Should the winners receive such support midway through the program, SGAC should be informed and a solution will be sought.
  5. The winner will seat at the OHB table at the SGC gala dinner


  1. The essay is due as an unlocked PDF document under 5 MB. It shall be submitted via the Scholarship Submission Form. You will need to be logged in as an SGAC member to access the submission page.
  2. The language of all submissions shall be English.
  3. The submission shall include original content and research. Work that has already been presented at a past conference or previously submitted to this competition is not eligible.
  4. You will need to submit an essay not exceeding 1000 words on the topic of future exploration with a focus on the Moon. 
  5. The winner of the competition will be required to submit a full paper to be later on delivered to OHB for a presentation.
  6. The abstract/paper is due as an unlocked PDF document under 5 MB. All submissions shall be made by the 15th of August, 23:59 GMT Any submissions after the deadlines will not be considered.
  7. In case of a lack of quality of submissions, SGAC has the right to extend and or cancel the competition.

Responsibilities of the Winners

The winning author shall:

  • Attend the entire SGC 2021.
  • Attend the entire IAC 2021.
  • Support the running of SGC 2021 and the SGAC booth. These tasks offer great opportunities such as being the rapporteur of an SGC working group and helping with writing a group report, being the front face of SGAC at the SGAC booth and meeting interesting people.
  • Meet with the competition supporters during IAC 2021, the meeting will be organized by SGAC.
  • Submit a short report (2 pages excluding pictures) and a short video (1 minute) describing her or his experience at SGC 2021 and IAC 2021 for inclusion on the SGAC website, newsletter or social media and that of our partner. The report and video shall describe the experience of the winner at the events. For example, speakers that were particularly interesting, group discussions that stood out or other event highlights.

All responsibilities shall be fulfilled and reports etc. submitted no later than 30th of November 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. 


  1. The award will be paid out after the SGC / IAC 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 no later than 30th November 2021.
  3. In case applicants or the winning author receive funding for SGC 2021 and/or IAC 2021 by any other organization, the Scholarships Coordinators shall be informed. If the applicants don’t inform the Scholarships Coordinators, SGAC holds the right not to 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 not to 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.
  5. Reimbursements will follow the SGAC Scholarships Travel Policy & Reimbursement Guidelines. Please make sure to consult the Guidelines before incurring in expenses.

Copyright and Intellectual Property

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


  1. Organizers shall not be responsible in the event that SGC 2021 and/or IAC 2021 is cancelled. SGAC will not reimburse the winning author, even if he/she has already incurred expenses.
  2. Organizers shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner fails to attend SGC 2021 and/or IAC 2021 or is unable to under extenuating circumstances; in that case the award offer shall become void.
  3. Organizers 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.


Evaluators will include members of the SGAC scholarship team and representatives of the scholarship supporter.

The evaluation will be made based on a point system taking following criteria and their weights into consideration:

  • Scientific Content and Detail (40%)
  • Originality (40%)
  • Description of Concept (20%)


Entries accepted:


Application Deadline:

15 August 2021, 23:59 GMT

Application Evaluation

16 – 31 August 2021

Winner announced

1 September 2021

Space Generation Congress:

21 – 23 October 2021

International Astronautical Congress

25 – 29 October 2020


For any questions, please refer to:

If you or your organization is interested in providing talented students and young professionals with the opportunity to share their work and ideas with global space community, please contact competition coordinators ([email protected]).

Past Winners

  • 2019: Matej Poliacek “PNT Luna” and Stefan Panajotović “Moon Fibre- Fibres from Lunar Regolith”
  • 2018: Avid Roman-Gonzalez “Spatio-temporal analysis of deforestation in areas of the Peruvian Amazon and its relationship with climate change“ and Sathesh Raj V Periasamey “Earth Observation Applications, Societal Challenges and Economic Benefits“
  • 2017: Manfred Ehresmann “Asteroid Mining in the Context of the Future Space-Economy” and Enrique Garcia Bourne  “Design for a commercial asteroid mining mission”.
  • 2016: Alice Barthe, “GEO Space Debris mapping with Space-Based Phased-Array RADAR”; and Octavio Ponce, Multiple-Input Multiple-Output Circular SAR for High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites
  • 2015: Ignasi Lluch I Cruz, “Solving the communications bottleneck: a federated approach for earth observation missions”


SGAC would like to thank OHB for their support to run this competition.

OHB SE is Germany’s first listed space and technology company. Two business units, Space Systems and Aerospace and Industrial Products, offer international customers sophisticated solutions and systems.

With over 40 years of experience in high technology together with its integrated skills in the areas of space technology and telematics, OHB Group is ideally positioned as one of the leading independent forces in the European space, aeronautics and telematics industry. It comprises more than 2200 space professionals around Europe (OHB Italia, OHB Sweden, LuxSpace, Antwerp Space, MT Aerospace, OHB System). OHB System, the major company in OHB SE, is one of the three leading space systems integrators in Europe. Located at two sites ‎in ‎Germany – Bremen and Munich – it has more than three decades of experience, ‎specializing ‎in high technology solutions for astronautics, science, earth observation and ‎industry. ‎Programmes include low-orbiting, geostationary satellites and payloads for Earth ‎observation, ‎navigation, telecommunications, science and interplanetary space exploration as ‎well as ‎systems for human spaceflight, aerial reconnaissance and process control. ‎OHB SE itself has proven to be a reliable partner for the different national agencies, ESA, and ‎the ‎wider scientific community.

More information at: www.ohb.de and www.ohb-system.de