UKSA Scholarship – SGFF 2021

SGAC has partnered with the UK Space Agency to bring 1 student or young professional to attend the 9th Space Generation Fusion Forum (August 21–23, 2021) and the first day of the 36th Space Symposium (August 23) in Colorado Springs, USA.

Application Deadline: 23 May 2021, 23:59 GMT


SGFF is held annually in scenic Colorado Springs in conjunction with the Space Symposium, the Space Generation Fusion Forum is a three-day, high-intensity, fast-paced professional development and networking event focused on the international and US space industry. Delegates are students and young professionals from around the world and various facets of the space sector including science, engineering, law/policy, business/commerce, medicine, media, military, and government. Through discussion tracks, expert panels, keynote presentations, and interactive activities, these selected delegates will “fuse” their perspectives.

By attending the Space Generation Fusion Forum, 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 Fusion Forum 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 SGFF (with UK Nationality or UK Resident) to take part in this year’s conference as well as to attend the Space Symposium for the first day.


The total value of the scholarship is $2500, which will cover:

  • SGFF Registration fee
  • Ticket for the first day of the 36th Space Symposium
  • Round trip travel via airfare
  • Accommodation (Private hotel room for four nights. Check in: 8/20; Check out: 8/24)
  • Food
  • Local transportation

How to Apply

To apply, you will need to answer the following two questions:

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

All submissions must be made by using the Scholarship Submission Form at the bottom of this section before 23 May 2021, 23:59 GMT.

Your submission should follow the competition guidelines below.

Applications are currently closed.



  • 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 SGFF 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 SGFF 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.

It is strongly requested that applicants only apply if they are certain they can attend SGFF and be in the United States at the time of the event in August.


  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?
    2. Where do you see the UK leading the global space industry in the next 5-10 years?
  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 SGFF 2021
    • Submit a short report (2 pages excluding pictures) or a video describing his or her experience at SGFF 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 September 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 SGFF working group and helping with writing a group report, being the front face of SGAC at the SGAC booth and meeting interesting people.


  1. The award will be paid out after the SGFF 2021 and the 36th Space Symposium, 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 September 30, 2021.
  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 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 SGFF 2021 and/or the 36th Space Symposium are 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 SGFF 2021 and/or the 36th Space Symposium 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:

April 30, 2021

Submission Deadline:

May 23, 2021 23:59 GMT.

Applications evaluation

May 24 – June 7, 2021

Winners notified 

June 7, 2021

9th Space Generation Fusion Forum

August 21–23, 2021


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