Scholarships and competetions


Youth Leadership Award

Summer Session leadership Traning

from July 01 – July 21, 2018, in the USA.

Ethiopian Space Science Society in collaboration with World Organization for Sustainable Leadership presents,

Youth Leadership Award (For 2 students), a Summer Session leadership Traning taking place from July 01 – July 21, 2018, in the USA.

The training includes:

  • Academic theory, lecture and team building at Claremont Graduate University and Pitzer College, Claremont, California. 
  • UN candidate delegation trip to East Coast (MIT & Science on Sphere, UN Headquarters, NY and World Bank, Washington D.C
  • Travel expense, boarding, and learning experience are covered by the organization. 


  1. The participant should be Ethiopian national who currently is enrolling in Preparatory school.
  2. The participant should have a minimum of 3.5 GPA in their national examination results.
  3. The participant should have a minimum score of 97 on TOFEL examinations.
  4. and Is a member of the Ethiopian Space Science Society.
  5. History of previous participation at ESSS and related space activities.

Application of guidelines:

  1. The student should submit the above documents and their current school transcript to the ESSS via the following email address 
  2. The student should write essays on the following topics with words no more than 500.
    • Write an essay “why we should choose you?”
    • How will you use the experience gained through this leadership training in your personal or academic life?

Application timeline 

  1. Applications open: May 25, 2018
  2. Applications close: Jun 05, 2018
  3. Application review: June 05 – 08, 2018
  4. Winner announcement: June 10, 2018 
  5. Training  begins: July  1 
WOSL is an International Non-Profit Organization committed to the goals set forth by the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Charter. WOSL’s mission is to educate the next generation of youth leaders and inspire change through a unique pedagogy that includes self-directed inquiry and firsthand experience performing international aid in the rural and developing world. From the deserts of Sub-Saharan Africa to the jungles of South America, WOSL Candidates provide expertise, knowledge, and leadership for those communities that need to transform. Through this unique experience, serving candidates are cultivated into change agents that will provide the capacity building and scaling up of future world leaders needed to achieve the 2030 targets. 

Call for Proposals

The OAD invites proposals for projects that use Astronomy as a tool to address an issue related to sustainable development. It is open to anyone from anywhere in the world. The selection process will take into account the qualifications and experiences of the individuals in the team. Although the working language of the OAD is English, we will endeavour, through our regional offices, language centres and volunteers, to assist anyone who wishes to communicate in another language. Please contact us as early as possible if language, accessibility or any other assistance is required.

Getting Started

Before you apply, please visit the “Getting Started” section that will provide the background on Astronomy for Development, resources and links to assist you with project design, monitoring, evidence and evaluation etc.

Two Stage Application

The Call for Proposals is divided into two stages of application. The first stage is open to everyone while only selected proposals from Stage 1 are invited to the next stage. Detailed information is provided below for the Stage 1 process; information for Stage 2 will be provided at the end of Stage 1.

Stage 1 Proposals

The Stage 1 proposal is open to proposers from anywhere in the world. Proposers submit a brief, online application with the key aspects of their project and/or idea. Proposals will be scored by the OAD review panel based on a set of defined criteria (see below).

Around 30 proposals will be selected from Stage 1 applications and invited to submit a Stage 2 proposal. In addition, each of the ten IAU Regional and Language Offices will nominate any one proposal from their region to be invited to Stage 2. All proposals will receive feedback from the reviewers.

Stage 2 Proposals

Selected proposals will be invited to submit a more comprehensive Stage 2 application, incorporating the feedback received in Stage 1. Once the Stage 2 applications are submitted, the OAD and the Regional Offices will assess the proposals and engage with the proposers through this period.

The Regional Offices will be able to suggest ways of improving a proposal to be locally relevant, thus ensuring support from possible local collaborators who could strengthen the project. The OAD, alongside the Regional Offices, will review the Stage 2 proposals to check whether the projects are truly innovative (checking previously funded OAD projects and other initiatives addressing similar concerns) and/or whether the project idea is supported by current evidence. External experts, where necessary, would provide useful additional guidance on the assessment of projects, including a perspective on which projects are most likely to make an impact on development.

Based on the discussions with OAD and the Regional Offices, proposers modify Stage 2 application and submit to OAD by September 15. The review panel then scores these modified Stage 2 proposals and makes the final recommendations on the projects to be funded and the funding amounts for each project. Upon approval by the OAD Steering Committee, all applicants are notified of the results.


The timeline below will be followed for the 2018 call:

Stage 1
May 01 Open call for proposals issued
May 31 Deadline for Stage 1 applications
Jun 01 – Jul 10 Proposals scored by reviewers with input from OAD Regional Offices
Jul 11 Announcement of Stage 1 results. All proposers notified
Stage 2
Jul 11 Selected proposals invited for Stage 2
Jul 11 – Aug 30 OAD and Regional Offices work with proposers to review/revise proposal, in consultation with external experts where relevant.
Sep 03 Last date for proposers to send draft proposals to OAD
Sep 15 Deadline for Stage 2 applications
Oct 31 Review panel and other experts submit their funding recommendations to the OAD Steering Committee
Nov 15 Funding recommendations by reviewers approved by OAD Steering Committee
Nov 30 Results announced to proposers.Grant agreements sent to successful projects
Funded projects implementation
Dec 31 Grant agreements signed
Feb 2019 Funds transferred to projects
Jul 2019 Mid year reports due
Dec 2019 Final reports

Eligibility Criteria

Please verify that you agree to/abide by the following before beginning your application. 

  • The proposed project should address a problem or challenge related to development.
  • The project should use Astronomy as a tool to address this problem.
  • One or more project deliverables should be ready by the end of the implementation year (2019); proposals are welcome for projects that run over several years, although funds will only be released annually according to the proposed budget per year and subject to a review of progress.
  • All distributable project resources, materials, etc. should be released to the public under an appropriate license (e.g.Creative Commons) allowing free use and adaptation.
  • Proposers should be able to provide a verified bank account through which funds can be paid if the project is selected for funding.
  • All projects should adhere to the Principle of Universality of Scienceas defined by ICSU, the parent body of the IAU.
  • All project team members listed in the proposal should have discussed the proposal and committed to executing the project. The project team should be prepared to provide verification of qualifications and/or reference letters if requested by the OAD.
  • The proposers should obtain all necessary permissions and authorizations, as required by their national laws, to carry out their work, such as written parental consent when working with minors, permission to use copyrighted material etc.
  • The project team should support the evaluation of their project by the OAD (if an evaluation is feasible and if the project is selected for evaluation)
  • Proposals should ideally be submitted via the online Application Form. All proposals received will be acknowledged by email. However, if one is unable to submit one’s proposal online for any reason, they may contact usat least a week before the deadline to arrange for an alternative submission method. This includes anyone with visual or other impairments who may require assistance.
  • If you require assistance in translating your application, please contact us immediately and at least 2 weeks before the deadline so we may make suitable arrangements
  • Application forms should be complete and received at the OAD before the deadline.
  • Projects can be proposed by a single person or by a team of people.

Grant Amount

The IAU earmarks approximately €110,000 per year for this open call for project proposals, with individual project grants generally ranging between €500 and €15,000.


Apply Online

Deadline for Stage 1 application is end of day, 31 May 2018
As long as it is 31 May somewhere in the world, applications will be accepted

Source: IAU – Office of Astronomy for Development / 

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