Published on June 23, 2021

The 2021 Luigi G. Napolitano Award Call For Applications Is Now Open!

The International Astronautical Federation is pleased to announce the opening of the Call for Applications for the 2021 Luigi G. Napolitano Award. The Luigi G. Napolitano Award is assigned every year to one (1) young scientist who has significantly contributed to the advancement of the Aerospace Science

All the Authors who qualify (see Criteria below) and who wish to apply for the Award should send the selection material (see below) by e-mail before 30 August 2021 to the IAF Secretariat to

The applications will be forwarded to Space Education and Outreach Committee, Honors and Awards Subcommittee.

The Award consists of the Luigi G. Napolitano commemorative medal and a certificate of citation. It will be given at the International Astronautical Congress.


The Napolitano Award is presented annually to a young scientist (below 30 years of age) who contributed significantly to the advancement of the Aerospace Science and gives a paper at the International Astronautical Congress on such a contribution.


The Napolitano Award will be announced each year by the IAF Space Education and Outreach Committee. Anybody wishing to apply should send the following information to the IAF Secretariat before the published deadline:

  • Full text of the paper to be presented at the IAC 2021
  • Curriculum vitae
  • The applicant contribution should be clearly identified if the paper is co-authored as the paper must represent the applicant’s work and not just part of a group effort.


The Napolitano Award winner will be announced during the IAC 2021 Closing Ceremony. Therefore, all the participants have to be prepared to attend this event, in case they are selected as winner. Should you have any questions please contact us at

Find more Information about the Napolitano Award here