2013 IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme



The young people selected to take part in the 2013 Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme will participate in the 64th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) scheduled to take place in Beijing, China from 23 to 27 September 2013. The individuals selected will also participate in other activities held the week prior to and during the Congress such as the UN/IAF Workshop or the Space Generation Congress (SGC) and the Cross-Cultural Presentation Workshop.

Students and Young Professionals between the ages of 21 and 35 on 1 January 2013 with space-related career interests are encouraged to apply for the programme. Up to twelve students and young professionals will be selected by the IAF to participate in the 2013 programme.

Who should consider applying?

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 an 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 an International Astronautical Congress.


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 Beijing, China.

Support (in kind-services or funding) for local transportation, lodging and meals during the candidate's stay in Beijing, China.

Assistance with visa arrangements provided by the IAC Local Organising Committee and the Government of China.

Registration in the 64th International Astronautical Congress as well as the Space Generation Congress or the 2013 UN/IAF Workshop, the Cross Cultural 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: 1 February 2013 15:00 Paris Time / UTC + 1:00
For detailed information, application process and requirements please download our “2013 IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme Handbook”.

  • Click here to view the Handbook
  • Click here to access the Application Form
  • Click here to access the Reference Letter Form
  • Click here to view the Checklist

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