Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme


The International Astronautical Federation is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the Emerging Space Leaders (ESL) Grant Programme, dedicated to young people, young professionals, that provides opportunities for students and young professionals to participate in the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC).


The young people selected to take part in the 2015 Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme will participate in the 66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) taking place in Jerusalem, Israel from 12 – 16 October 2015. The individuals selected will also participate in other activities held the week prior to and during the Congress such as the UN/IAF Workshop and the Space Generation Congress (SGC) and Cross-Cultural Communication and Presentation Workshop.

Up to fourteen students and young professionals will be selected by the IAF to participate in the 2015 programme. Based on an agreement signed in March 2014 between IAF and HE Space Children’s Foundation (HESCF), two of the fourteen students and young professionals will be funded by HESCF.

Who is eligible to apply?

Students and Young Professionals between the ages of 21 and 35 on 1 January 2015 with space-related career interests are encouraged to apply for the programme. Individuals 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 the International Astronautical Congress.

Note: Candidates may apply regardless of their home country or current residence. While all applications will be considered, through this programme 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 the IAC.

Young people who wish to meet and interact with other colleagues from around the world with similar interests. Individuals who hope to utilise the knowledge and experiences they gain during the IAC in their own careers and in enhancing space and related activities in their home countries.

What does the grant include?

Round trip air fare between the candidate’s home country and Jerusalem, Israel. Support (in kind-services or funding) for local transportation, lodging and meals during the candidate’s stay in Jerusalem, Israel. Assistance with visa arrangements provided by the IAC Local Organising Committee and the Government of Israel. Registration in the 66th International Astronautical Congress as well as the Space Generation Congress or the UN/IAF Workshop, the Cross Cultural Communication and Presentation Workshop and other associated activities. Mentors will provide advice on presentations at the IAC and on activities before and during the IAC to help grant recipients benefit fully from the Congress and related meetings and meet with the grant recipient during the IAC.

Application Deadline: 6 February 2015 15:00 Paris Time / UTC + 1:00

To apply for the 2015 Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme, fill in the application form by clicking on the following link:

For detailed information, application process and requirements please download our “2015 IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme Handbook”.

Please contact eslgrants@iafastro.org shall you have any questions.


Vaneshree Maharaj