The Young Australian Space Leader Award

The scholarship

The Young Australian Space Leader (YASL) Award gives 3 students the opportunity to travel to the Space Generation Congress (SGC) and the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) held in Adelaide in September 2017. The award covers accommodation, flights, and registration to the SGC and IAC, as well as participation in the International Space Education Board (ISEB) held during the IAC. This award is jointly sponsored by the Australian Youth Aerospace Association (AYAA) and the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC).

Previous winners have been enrolled in a variety of disciplines, across a range of year levels including first year. To find out more about our previous winners and their experiences, please visit us on facebook.

Submission requirements
1. A 90 second video of yourself answering the question “Why in 2017 is it important that Australia and in particular Adelaide host the International Astronautical Congress, and what would you gain from the experience?”. Please note that the video must contain minimal editing.
2. A link to your LinkedIn profile

All submissions can be made through the following google form:

Due date: 23:59 AEST 21st July 2017

For all submission queries, please email

Submission conditions
1. All entrants must be undergraduate students of an accredited Australian tertiary institution, with permanent residence or citizenship in Australia.
2. Members of the AYAA scholarship panel and previous winners of the YASL award are not eligible for this award.
3. Students holding a current SGAC or IAC scholarship for the congresses in 2017 are ineligible for the award.
4. Winners are required to support the AYAA booth at IAC, support the SGC working group, and participate in the ISEB program. Examples of tasks could include helping with writing a group report, staffing the AYAA booth at IAC or presenting on a topic at the ISEB program.
5. Winners are required to write a short report describing his or her experience at SGC and the IAC, as well as use social media and vlogs to promote the AYAA, VSSEC and the opportunity.

Scholarship conditions
1. All correspondence will be issued through the email provided. It is essential that the applicant checks this on a weekly basis, and on a daily basis throughout the duration of the congresses.
2. The applicant must complete the acceptance of the award as stipulated in the acceptance email. Failure to do so will result in the scholarship being withdrawn and/or reallocated.
3. AYAA reserves the right to adjust the award amount and offer fewer or more prizes.
4. The award shall be paid out after the IAC, and upon fulfilment of all requirements in a suitable manner. It will be paid out not later than 30 days after fulfilment of all responsibilities.
5. The scholarship will only be paid into the nominated bank account of the recipient. No cheques or cash will be issued.
6. By submitting an entry, applicants agree to permit AYAA, VSSEC, SGAC and other participating organisations to mention their names, affiliations and any/all media (photos, videos, etc.) in connection with the scholarship.
7. AYAA shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner fails to attend SGC and/or IAC or is unable to under extenuating circumstances; in that case the award offer shall become void.
8. AYAA shall not be responsible in the event that the award winner cannot obtain any necessary travel documents; if they are required but not obtained, the award offer shall become void.
9. Copyright of the submitted materials shall remain with the applicants. However, by submitting an entry all applicants agree that AYAA and other participating organisations are granted non-exclusive reproduction rights regarding all these materials.
10. The award is unable to be deferred.
11. The award may be terminated if the student does not meet requirements stipulated above.
12. Providing false or misleading information is an offence. If the AYAA knows or has reason to believe that you have provided false or misleading information, the award may be reviewed, withdrawn and/or reallocated. The AYAA also reserves the right to notify your tertiary education provider in such circumstances. Where the AYAA terminates the award, you will be liable to repay to the AYAA the total sum of any payments incorrectly made to you.