Apply for IAF 2023 Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme


The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is pleased to announce its 2023 Emerging Space Leaders (ESL) Grant Programme, which provides opportunities for students and young professionals to participate in the annual International Astronautical Congress.

Students and young professionals between the ages of 21 and 35 with space-related career interests are encouraged to apply for the programme. The IAF will select up to 25 students and young professionals to participate in the 2023 programme.

Who should consider applying for IAF Emerging Space Leaders?
  • Individuals who are interested in pursuing careers involving the development, application and use of space systems, space science research, the policy, legal, social and cultural aspects of space activities, international cooperation on space programmes and other similar subjects;
  • Persons who – for financial, sponsorship or other reasons – would not otherwise be able to attend an International Astronautical Congress;
  • Young people who wish to meet and interact with other colleagues from around the world with similar interests; and
  • Individuals who hope to utilise the knowledge and experiences gained during the IAC in their careers and enhance space and related activities in their home countries.
How to Apply

To apply, click here. The application deadline is 31 January 2023 at 15:00 (Paris Time/UTC +1:00).

Candidates may apply regardless of their home country or current residence. While all applications will be considered, the IAF seeks to encourage the participation of young people in nations with emerging space capabilities and interests who would otherwise not be able to attend an International Astronautical Congress.

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