Published on December 18, 2023

Apply Now for the 2024 IAF Emerging Space Leaders (ESL) Grant Programme

Apply now and get the exclusive opportunity to be fully funded by the IAF for the IAC 2024 in Milan, Italy next October!

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is pleased to announce its 2024 IAF Emerging Space Leaders (ESL) Grant Programme that provides opportunities for students and young professionals to participate in the annual International Astronautical Congress.

The students and young professionals selected to take part in the 2024 IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme will participate in the 75th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) scheduled to take place in Milan, Italy from 14 - 18 October 2024. Successful grantees will also have the opportunity to engage in other activities held the week prior to and during the Congress such as the UN/IAF Workshop, the Space Generation Congress (if selected), and the Cross-Cultural Communications and Presentation Workshop.

Who should consider applying?

  • Students and Young Professionals between the ages of 21 and 35 on 1 January 2024 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.
  • 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.
  • People 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.

What does the grant include?

  • Flight expenses between the candidate's residence country and Milan, Italy
  • Budget accommodation
  • Financial support per-diem for local transportation, meals and other expenses during the candidate's stay in Milan, Italy
  • Registration to the 75th International Astronautical Congress as well as the 2024 Space Generation Congress or the 2024 UN/IAF Workshop. Please note that only a few selected Emerging Space Leaders will be able to participate in the 2024 Space Generation Congress. To be considered as a possible Space Generation Congress participant, please fill out the SGC Delegates Application Form available on the SGAC website. The selection will be made following the SGC delegates selection criteria available on the SGAC website.
  • Participation in the Cross-Cultural Communications and Presentation Workshop
  • 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.

Application Deadline: 16 February 2024 15:00 Paris Time / UTC + 1:00 For detailed information, application process and requirements please download our “2024 IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme Handbook.

We look forward to receiving your applications!

Good luck to all!