The European GNSS Agency (GSA) in cooperation with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) has organised the Young GSA – Space Systems Synergy Scholarship to bring 1 European delegate to the 7th Space Generation Fusion Forum (April 15 & 16)  and 34th Space Symposium (April 16 – 19)  in Colorado Springs, USA.

Application Deadline: Extended to 29th March,  2018, 23:59 GMT


This competition is a great opportunity for European students and young professionals to share their views on the possibilities that the integrated use of space infrastructure  – global satellite communications, satellite navigation (including Europe’s Galileo and EGNOS), and Earth observation/monitoring (including Europe’s Copernicus)  – can achieve together.

Participants are asked to create a 30-second video complemented by a 400-word essay focused on answering the following question:

While space programmes are capable of great achievements separately, it is through synergies that their true capabilities are unleashed. The best results will be achieved when telecommunications, satellite navigation and Earth Observation satellites and services collaborate to achieve common goals. How can synergies of these three types of space-based services, in effect ‘a system of systems’, be leveraged to help make our world safer and more sustainable? Use your imagination and give some realistic examples of your vision of what the future holds!

For inspiration, read this:

This video should be submitted along with the applicant’s CV (including Date of Birth and country of citizenship) for consideration.


The award is a scholarship to help cover the costs incurred to attend the following events:

The award will cover round trip travel via airfare, accommodations, visa costs, and the registration fees for both events up to a maximum amount of 2000 USD.

How to Apply

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

  • An essay on the described topic (400 words)
  • A complementary video (30 seconds)
  • A CV of up to 2 pages which includes date of birth and country of citizenship

All submissions must be made by using the Scholarship Submission Form.

Please provide a link to a single unlocked document for CV and essay with your name on top of all pages, and a link to a video (YouTube, DropBox, Google Drive).



  1. The scholarship is open only to students and young professionals (recent graduates or professionals under the age of 35). Participants must be SGAC members, between the ages of 18 to 35 inclusive by 15 April, 2018.
  2. Participants must be European citizens.
  3. Scholarship organisers, and judges are not eligible for this award.
  4. 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


  1. The language of all submissions must be English.
  2. All submissions must be made by 29 March 2018, 23:59 GMT. Any submissions after the deadline will not be considered.

Responsibilities of the Winners

  1. The winning shall:
    • Attend the entire SGFF 2018
    • Attend the entire 34th Space Symposium
    • Support the running of SGFF 2018 (as rapporteur or moderator)
    • Contribute to the SGFF 2018 final report
    • Submit a short report (2 pages excluding pictures) and a short video (1 minute) describing his or her experience at SGFF 2018 and the 34th  space symposium for inclusion on the SGAC website, newsletter or social media and that of our partners


  1. The award will be paid out after the SGFF 2018 and the 34th Space Symposium, no later than 30 days after fulfilment of all responsibilities listed above.
  2. In case the winner receive 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.
  3. 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.

Copyright and Intellectual Property

  1. By submitting an entry, applicants agree to permit the SGAC and the GSA 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 in the event that SGFF 2018 and/or the 34th 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 in the event that the award winner fails to attend SGFF 2018 and/or the 34th Space Symposium or is unable to under extenuating circumstances; in that 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; 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 comprised of the SGFF Manager, the European SGAC Regional Coordinators, and the scholarships coordinator. The evaluation will be made based on the following criteria:

  • Essay (60%): The following points will be assessed:
    • Relevance to the topic
    • Originality
    • General quality of writing
  • Video (20%)
  • Applicant’s CV and past experiences (20%)


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


Entries accepted:Closed
Submission Deadline:29th March 2018, 23:59 GMT
Announcement of Results:2nd April, 2018
7th Space Generation Fusion Forum:April 15 & 16, 2018
34th Space Symposium:April 16 & 19, 2018


For any questions, please refer to SGAC Scholarships Coordinators (