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to Attend an International Aerospace Conference

Emerging Space Leaders (ESL) Grant Programme

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International Astronautical Federation (IAF)

Deadline Date:

02/11/22 3:00 PM Paris Time UTC+1:00


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International students and young professionals to attend an international conference related to aerospace. Applicants must obtain two recommendations from an employer, professor, or other individual prior to applying. Priority will be given to applicants from countries with emerging space capabilities and interests who would otherwise not be able to attend an International Astronautical Congress.

The 2022 IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme offers grants to participate in the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2022 in Paris, France, from 18 – 22 September 2022, as well as in the 2022 Space Generation Congress or the 2022 UN/IAF Workshop and the Cross-Cultural Communications and Presentation Workshop.

Successful applicants will be expected to present at least one paper (orally or in interactive format), and/or to participate as a panelist in the Next Generation Plenary as well as to participate in the Congress’ technical sessions, plenary events and other activities. Successful applicants will be provided a schedule of mandatory attendance events. Student and young professional participants will also:

  • Be assigned a student/young professional advisor by the IAF.
  • Receive invitations to participate in the activities of the IAC Student Programme (organized by the International Space Education Board) and the IAF Young Professional Programme respectively, both of which are conducted during the Congress.
  • Take part in the Cross-Cultural Communications and Presentation Workshop.
  • Participate in the Space Generation Congress organized by Space Generation Advisory Council held just prior to the IAC or the UN/IAF Workshop for emerging space countries which is held during the week prior to the Congress as well.

After the Congress, alumni will be eligible to maintain participation in IAF student and young professional activities through the IAF website and related programmes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154462

Number of Grants:

The 2022 IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme offers up to 25 grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The 2022 IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme is open to individuals who fulfill the following
mandatory criteria (no exceptions will be made):
- 21 to 35 years old on 1 January 2022
- Students currently attending a recognized university or Young Professionals currently employed in a
space-related field

Please note that your passport needs to be valid at least until 2 May 2023.

Pre-Application Information:

Selection Schedule:
- Announcement of the call, application form and related documents are posted on the IAF website: First week of December 2021.
- Completed applications and related documentation must be submitted to the IAF Secretariat no later than 11 February 2022 15:00 Paris time UTC + 1:00.
- Grant recipients will be notified by the beginning of May 2022. Selections will also be announced publicly on the IAF website.

Have your application reviewed and endorsed by a professor, employer, supervisor or responsible official in a university, company or professional society. Please download the endorsement document template available on the application platform and have filled in it by the person who will review your application. The endorsement needs to be signed and stamped. Then, scan the signed endorsement in pdf, jpeg or png format and upload it in the appropriate field.

All applications must be accompanied by two recommendations from professors, employers, or responsible officials in the candidate’s home/residence country who are familiar with the candidate and who have reviewed his/her application.

The IAF will do its best to support successful applicants with the visa procedure. However, please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to become familiar with the visa requirements applicable to United Arab Emirates as well as in transit countries, to start the visa process in due time and to provide the necessary documentations.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

If you are not able to upload documents or fill in the online form, please send your application to:

If e-mail access is not available, by postal mail to:
IAF Secretariat
Attention: 2022 IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme
100 Avenue de Suffren
75015 Paris

If you cannot find the answer to your question in the application materials, please address your questions and requests for additional information/clarifications to the above email address or:
Phone: + 33 1 45 67 82 81

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