Nebula Award

Thanks to the generous donation of a SGAC Alumnus, SGAC will bring three students or young professionals to attend the Space Generation Fusion Forum 2023 (April 14-17) and the Space Symposium (April 17-20) in Colorado Springs, USA.

Application Deadline: 15 January 2023 23:59 GMT


Held annually at the scenic Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A., in conjunction with the Space Symposium, the Space Generation Fusion Forum (SGFF) is a multi-day, high-intensity, fast-paced professional development and networking event focused on the global space industry. Students and young professionals from around the world, who are working and participating in all facets of the space community, apply to attend SGFF each year.

The Nebula Award recognizes next generation changemakers who enrich and benefit their communities through space. Like a nebula, SGAC hopes to cultivate these young talents so that they may in the future become stars in their own right.


The award will support three persons to attend the following events:

The award will partially cover the expenses up to a maximum amount of USD 3,000 incurred to attend SGFF and the Space Symposium. (Round trip travel via airfare, accommodations, visa costs, local transport, COVID related costs, meals and the registration fees according to the reimbursement policy). 

How to Apply

To apply, you will need to prepare the following documents:

  • A 1 minute video: Topic – “Tell us about the idea/project you intent to bring to the events and pitch at SGFF & Space Symposium which will make an impact in your country”
  • A recent resume (2 pages max, font size 12)

All submissions must be made by using the Scholarship Submission Form at the bottom of this page (please note, you must be logged in on the website to see the form).

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.



  • The scholarship is open to all students and young professionals from any country, but a stronger preference will be given to applicants from (space) emerging countries, following this reference.
  • Participants must be eligible SGAC members (registered on the SGAC website) between the age of 18 and 35 years as of the 17th of April, 2023.
  • Participants must have not attended SGFF before.
  • Competition judges are ineligible for the award.
  • Winners should not receive support from any other source to the event. 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 language of all submissions must be English.
  2. All submissions must be made by the 15 January 2023, 23:59 GMT. Any submissions after the deadline will not be considered.

Responsibilities of the Winners

The winner shall:

  • Attend the entire SGFF 2023 in person
  • Attend the entire 38th Space Symposium in person
  • Support the running of SGFF 2023 (as rapporteur or moderator if needed)
  • Contribute to the SGFF 2023 final report (if needed)

All responsibilities shall be fulfilled and reports etc. submitted not later than May 14th 2023. 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 SGFF 2023, no later than 30 days after fulfillment of all responsibilities listed above.
  2. The scholarship award reimbursement is conditioned on the awardee fulfilling the scholarship requirements not later than May 14th 2023.
  3. In case the winner receives funding for SGFF or Space Symposium 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 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. Please, note that on top of the items mentioned in the SGAC Scholarships Reimbursement guidelines, this scholarship also covers local transport and meals up to USD 3000.

Copyright and Intellectual Property

  1. By submitting an entry, applicants agree to permit the SGAC to use their names, affiliations, and headshot photo 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 papers and videos. SGAC and all affiliated organisers may also present ideas and findings generated by this competition at relevant conferences or post the contents on the website.


  1. Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that SGFF 2023 and/or Space Symposium 2023 is cancelled. 
  2. Organisers shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner fails to attend SGFF 2023 and/or Space Symposium 2023 or is unable to under extenuating circumstances; in such a 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 (visas etc). If such required documents are not obtained prior to planned travel, the award shall become void.
  4. The award is non-transferable and not valid for another event or individual.
  5. Following the Reimbursement Guidelines, in the event that event or travel cannot take place due to unforeseeable circumstances (force majeure), including but not limited to illness, death, or weather, the Scholarship Holder will be responsible to try to recover costs through any available travel insurance or trip cancellation insurance. SGAC may reimburse the remaining amount not covered by insurance.


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

The overall evaluation will consider:

  • Applicant’s CV and past experiences (35%)
  • Video (35%)
  • Applicant’s Nationality and presence of space opportunities in the same (30%)


Entries accepted:


Submission Deadline:

15 January 2023, 23:59 GMT

Announcement of Results:

10 February 2023


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