The Space Generation Leadership Award facilitates the attendance of international delegates who bring unique and insightful firsthand perspectives to the Space Generation Congress. It selects top international applicants to attend the 17th Space Generation Congress (27 – 29 September, 2018) and the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) (01 – 05 October, 2018) held in Bremen, Germany.

Application close: 15 May 2018, 23:59 GMT 


One of the goals of the Space Generation Congress (SGC) is to provide an opportunity for interaction between members of the space sector with diverse geographic and technical backgrounds. To enable those members of the SGAC community without sources of funding to attend the event, and recognize our active members, SGAC has been running the Space Generation Leadership Award.


The winners will receive an award in order to attend the following events:

The programme will cover round trip travel costs to Bremen, Germany via economy airfare, lodging at the official SGC hotel, visa costs, and the registration fees for SGC event. The exact amount of the travel grant dedicated to each winner will be communicated to winners in their acceptance email.
The winners will be presented with a certificate of award during the Space Generation Congress, and will have the registration fees waived for the International Astronautical Congress (IAC).

How to Apply

Applications to the Space Generation Leadership Award are accepted as part of the SGC delegate applications. You can find the application information here.
To apply, please submit a SGC delegate application and select the option to be considered for the SGLA. You will be asked to provide additional information listed below:

  • Contributions to space sector (max. 500 words)
  • Contributions to SGAC (max. 500 words)
  • Why should you be selected for the SGLA? (max. 250 words)
  • What do you wish to take away from the SGC and IAC experience? (max. 250 words)
  • How would you share your experience with the community after attending these events? (max. 150 words)

A copy of your CV with date of birth will also be requested.



  1. The scholarship is open to all students and young professionals from any UN Member or observer State. Participants must be SGAC members (registered on the SGAC website) between the age of 18 and 35 years as of 5 October 2018.
  2. To be eligible, applicants should have had at least some past contributions to SGAC, as volunteers, or attending SGAC events.   Examples of contributions include: attending SGAC events, being a member of a SGAC event team, working with SGAC project groups or being a member of the SGAC team including RCs, NPoCs, Executive Office.
  3. Scholarship judges and organisers are ineligible for the award.
  4.  Past winners of the Space Generation Leadership Award or Global Grants programme are ineligible for this award.
  5. Winners should not receive support from any other source to the event. Should winners receive such support midway through the program, SGAC should be informed and solution will be sought.


6.  The language of all submissions must be in English.

7.  Applicants will submit their application through the Space Generation Congress delegate application form, released on 01 April 2018. Please select “Yes” when answering “Would you like to apply to the Space Generation Leadership Award”.

8.  CVs can be submitted as an external link to a Dropbox, Google Docs, etc file in a field indicated in the form.

9.  All submissions must be made by 15 May, 2018, 23:59 GMT. Any submissions after the deadline will not be considered.

Responsibilities of the Winners

10.  The winner shall:

  • Attend the Space Generation Congress 2018 in its entirety
  • Attend the International Astronautical Congress 2018 in its entirety
  • Support the running of the Space Generation Congress 2018 (as moderator or rapporteur)
  • Contribute to finalizing the Space Generation Congress 2018 report
  • Represent SGAC at the SGAC booth at IAC at assigned time slots
  • 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


11.  The award will be paid out after the congress, and upon fulfilment of all requirements in a suitable manner as determined by the scholarship coordinators, including any report submissions and submissions of expense claims. It will be paid out no later than 30 days after fulfilment of all responsibilities.

12.  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.

13. 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 a competition is not awarded, or in excess of the value of the awarded grant.

Copyright and Intellectual Property

14. By submitting an entry, applicants agree to permit SGAC to mention their names, affiliations, and headshot picture in connection with the scholarship.


15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. The award is not transferable to another event or individual.


The assessment of applications for the Space Generation Leadership Award 2018 will be evaluated by a panel comprised of SGAC Chairs, Executive Director, Scholarship Team Members and the SGC Manager and Deputy Manager. Each application will be assessed by two reviewers.

Criteria Evaluation is based on [%]
Contributions to space sector
  • Scientific research (including publications, presentations etc)
  • Industrial research and development
  • Contribution to the management of space programs and projects
  • Involvement with space nonprofits and volunteering in the space community (other than SGAC)
  • Involvement in student activities relating to space
20 %
Contributions to SGAC
  • Attendance of SGAC events
  • Contribution to SGAC project groups or Events
  • Volunteering with the SGAC team as part of the SGAC Executive Committee, Executive Office Teams, Event teams or any other team
  • Willingness to contribute in the future to SGAC
30 %
Reason to be selected for the SGLA?
  • What makes the applicant the perfect candidate for the award
  • What separates the applicant from other candidates
20 %
Expectations to take away from the SGC and IAC experience.
  • What the applicant expects to learn/achieve during the event
  • Engage with the international space community, interest to learn more, presentation at the event
15 %
Exchange of experience with the community after attending these events?
  • How they would raise awareness about SGAC after their award
10 %
Nationality Citizens of the following countries will receive a SGLA bonus of 5% due to underrepresentation at SGC:

Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Asia Pacific: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Fiji, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam

Europe: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova,, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, , Ukraine

Middle East: Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, State of Palestine, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Yemen

North, Central America and the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago

South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, French Guyana Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela

5 %



Entries accepted Now!
Submission Deadline 15 May, 2018 – 23:59 GMT
Review of applications 16 May – 31 May, 2018
Information of successful applicants 1 June 2018
Space Generation Congress 27 – 29 September 2018
International Astronautical Congress 1 – 5 October 2018


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

Past Winners

2017: Carmen Victoria Felix Chaidez (Mexico), Shreya Santra (India), Maryanne Muriuki (Kenya), Marta Lebron Gaset (Spain), Olga Stelmakh (Ukraine)

2016: Daniel Brack (Israel), Ramasamy Venugopal (India), Chantelle Dubois (Canada), Hansley Noruthun (Mauritius), Caroline Thro (France)

2015: Giampietro Tonoli, Sirisha Bandla, Bruno Sarli, Kyle Acierno

2014: Reinhard Tlustos, Jacob Hacker

2013: Sandra Gonzalez, Beza Tesfaye, Zihua Zhu, Behnoosh Meskoob

2012: Edu Aymerich, Damian Bielicki, Matteo Emanuelli, Scott Fisher, Katrina Laygo, Laura Rose, Junzi Sun, Victoria Alonso Perez, Seyed Ali Nasseri

2011: Chris Vasko, Marc Cornwall, Oana Sandu, Jürgen Schlutz, Joyeeta Chatterjee, H.Aziz Kayihan, Beata Mihniemi, Nunzia Maria Paradiso, Paul Guthrie, Suresh Bhattarai, Minoo Rathnasabapathy, Ricardo Leandro, Adebowale Shadare, Yohan Ferreira, Ondrej Bruna

2010: Victoria Alonsoperez, Tab Smith, Prospery Simpemba, Pierre van Heerden, Oana Sandu, Muhammad Shafiq, Mario Camiciolli, Maria-Laura Voda, Jessie Ndaba, Israel Ojeda, Ekaterina Gana, Christopher Vasko, Cem Asma, Bernardo Santos, Bekele Erko, Beata Szczepaniak, Artiom Asimov, Ana Alexandra Perez


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