Conference opportunities for sponsored students

ESA Education will provide sponsorship to a select few university students to support their participation in conferences. The selection is competitive, and clear priority will be given to students whose abstracts have been accepted by the conference organisers and who have not been sponsored by ESA before.

Please see below for current opportunities.

70th International Astronautical Congress 

Application Status: OPEN
21-25 October 2019 – Washington, D.C., USA  

Sponsorship deadline: 1 May 2019 (23:59 CET) 

The IAC is the one place and time of the year when all space actors come together. Global, multidisciplinary, and covering all space sectors and topics, it offers everyone the latest space information and developments, but above all, contacts and potential partnerships. Read more here about ESA's sponsorship for IAC 2019.


3rd Symposium on Space Educational Activities

Call for abstracts: OPEN
16-18th of September 2019 – University of Leicester, UK -

Sponsorship deadline: 19th April 2019

ESA Education will sponsor the attendance of a select few University students to attend the 3rd Symposium on Space Education Activities in Leicester, UK between the 16th and 18th of April 2018. For more details see the symposium website.

ESA sponsorship covers the reimbursement of the early-bird student registration fee and provides a maximum reimbursement towards travel of €200 and accommodation of €50/night (payable on production of receipts) 
Applications for sponsorship should be received before the 31st of January 2018 and successful applicants will be informed before the 28th of February 2018.

To be eligible for sponsorship students must:

  • Have their abstract already accepted for the conference
  • Have participated in, or be currently participating in, an ESA Academy's (i.e. University level) hands-on activity and/or a training course, which should be the main subject of their abstract. 
  • Be a full time university student at a university in an ESA member state, Canada or Slovenia. 
  • Hold the nationality of an ESA member state, Canada or Slovenia. 
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 32 at the time of the conference


XVI International Summer School in Astrobiology (2018) 

Application status: CLOSED
25 - 29 June 2018 – Santander, Península de la Magdalena, Spain

Sponsorship deadline: 28 May 2018

The theme of the XVI School of Astrobiology will be the biomarkers (morphologic, chemical, isotopical, etc.) that permit the discovery of biological processes, as well as current and future technologies to detect them. The lectures will focus on early Earth, Mars, icy satellites and exoplanets. The full programme can be seen here. The School is aimed primarily at graduate students in science and engineering, but is open to all attendees with an interest in the interdisciplinary framework of Astrobiology.

ESA Education will sponsor the attendance (registration fee, accommodation and meals) of up to 7 European university students. For more details, please visit the summer school's website.
To apply for ESA Education Sponsorship fill in this form and send it to alumnos @


15th International Conference on Space Operations (SpaceOps 2018)

Application Status: CLOSED
28 May – 1 June 2018 – Marseille, France - Sponsorship deadline: 1 December 2017

Hosted and organized by CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) and powered by AIAA, SpaceOps 2018 is a technical forum of the Space Mission Operations and Ground Systems community that addresses state-of-the-art operations principles, methods, and tools.

SpaceOps 2018 provides students with the opportunity to share mission’s experience, challenges, and innovation solutions with experts from around the globe. Read more here about ESA's sponsorship for SpaceOps 2018.


NASA International Internship programme (NASA I2)
Application Status: ON HOLD

The NASA I2 programme provides opportunities for U.S. and non-U.S. university undergraduate-level or graduate-level students to work collaboratively on NASA-relevant research with a NASA mentor.

ESA sponsorship for this programme is currently on hold until further notice. For inquiries regarding NASA I2 please email

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