The International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is the place to be for students and young professionals of the space community and for space enthusiasts! 

The IAC covers all space-related fields and topics, offering everyone the opportunity to:

  • find out and discuss the latest space updates, also with high-level speakers;
  • actively participate in the IAC’s sessions, including through an oral or interactive presentation, or the organisation of a Special Session; 
  • network with stakeholders in the space community from institutions, agencies, industry, academy, and scientific community, including through networking events specifically dedicated to young professions, and industry-sponsored breakfasts;
  • explore work and study opportunities.


Funding opportunities

Every year, the IAF and the IAC partners offer many financing opportunities for young people!

For instance, check out the 2024 IAF Emerging Space Leaders (ESL) Grant Programme!

Who can apply to the ESL Grant Programme?

  • Students and Young Professionals between the ages of 21 and 35 interested in pursuing a career in the development, application and use of space systems, space science research, policy, legal, social and cultural aspects of space activities, international cooperation on space programmes and similar;
  • Individuals who hope to utilise the knowledge and experiences gained at the IAC in their own careers and enhance space and related activities in their home countries;
  • People who would not otherwise be able to attend the IAC.


You have time to apply to the ESL Grant Programme until 16 February 2024 15:00 Paris Time!