The AIAA Diversity Scholars Program seeks to provide opportunities for underrepresented university students who have an interest in or are pursuing a degree in aerospace to attend an AIAA forum or event.

AIAA forums and events draw professionals and students from around the world. Scholars will have the opportunity to expand their network, learn about opportunities available in the aerospace industry, and hear from engineers and scientists on the latest research and development findings helping to shape the future of aerospace. Special sessions will also be designed to enhance the scholars’ experience.

Students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, gender minorities, individuals with disabilities, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, first-generation students, and women have historically been underrepresented in STEM fields therefore, they will receive priority in funding.


AIAA Diversity Scholars
AIAA Diversity Scholars
AIAA Diversity Scholars
Application Process and Details

Full-time students from U.S. institutions are invited to apply. Applicants will be required to provide demographic information and describe their interest in aerospace, leadership/perseverance, and how they would benefit from attending the forum or event. In 2021, there will be three opportunities to apply for the scholarship. You may apply to attend more than one event.

Upcoming Events

AIAA SciTech Forum
11–15 January 2021
AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition
Virtual Event

The AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (AIAA SciTech Forum) program covers the science, technologies, and policies that are shaping the future of aerospace. The forum is the largest event for aerospace research, development, and technology in the world—bringing together 11 individual technical disciplines. AIAA SciTech Forum delegates include over 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students, and aerospace professionals from nearly 1,000 corporate, academic, and government institutions in 43 countries.

Applications will be accepted 5 November–6 December

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AIAA AVIATION Forum
7–11 June 2021
AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition
Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, DC

The AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA AVIATION Forum) is the only event that covers the entire integrated spectrum of aviation business, research, development, and technology. The program features discussions with respected aviation leaders—providing a single, structured gathering to help delegates navigate the key challenges and opportunities affecting the direction of global aviation policy, research and development, technological proliferation, cybersecurity, environmental issues, and emerging markets.

Applications will open in March 2021.

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ASCEND
15–17 November 2021
ASCEND (“Accelerating Space Commerce, Exploration, and New Discovery”)
Las Vegas, NV

ASCEND is a new event designed to accelerate space commerce, exploration, and new discovery. ASCEND has limitless opportunity to connect you with the right people including propulsion and energy, launch services, engineering, private enterprise, startups, investors, civil space, national, security, academia, research, space sciences, media, emerging technology, and policy.

Applications will open in July 2021.

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Testimonials

Chelsea Atkins, 2018 and 2019 Diversity Scholar

“The connections I made through AIAA both personal and professional motivated me to focus more on my research and how it related to the greater aerospace community. The Diversity Scholars Program inspired me to pursue additional studies in Physics and gain a more in depth understanding of how technology applies to the natural world. Overall, AIAA showed me an alternative, more fulfilling path to my goals that would include collaboration, leadership, and lifelong friendships.”

–Chelsea Atkins

Reinaldo Figueroa 2019 Diversity Scholar

“Being selected as an AIAA Diversity Scholar was a life-changing experience. It was my first encounter with aerospace and meeting so many wonderful people in the same place. During the event, I was lucky to be interviewed by Aurora Flight Sciences for an internship position. A day before the event ended, I received a call from the recruiter telling me I got the position.”

–Reinaldo Figueroa

Sara Walmach 2018 Diversity Scholar

“The scholarship not only helped me with my professional networking skills, but also opened my eyes to how many different career paths there are in the space industry. In addition, it helped me realize just how needed diversity scholarships are in the industry, and how vital it is to promote and demand inclusion and representation in my workplace and future career endeavors.”

–Sara Walmach