The AIAA Diversity Scholars Program seeks to provide opportunities for underrepresented university students pursuing a degree in aerospace to attend an AIAA forum. 

AIAA forums 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.

Diversity applications for the 70th International Astronautical Congress, to be held 21–25 October in Washington, D.C., are due by 17 July  2019.


Application Process and Details

Full-time students from U.S. institutions are invited to apply by 17 July 2019. Applicants will be required to provide demographic information and describe their interest in aerospace, leadership/perseverance, and how they would benefit from attending the 70th International Astronautical Congress.

Recipients will be selected by a subcommittee of AIAA’s Diversity Working Group.

Registration fee, airfare, and hotel costs will be covered. Please note: only travel within the United States is covered as part of this scholarship.

AIAA membership and U.S. citizenship are not required to apply.

About IAC

In 2019 humanity will celebrate the 50th anniversary of a feat once thought impossible: humans walking on the moon. In the past half-century, the United States has contributed to humanity’s quest to explore the unknown and expand the boundaries of our terrestrial existence. Through domestic investments and international partnerships, the United States has worked to satisfy humanity’s innate curiosity and yearning to explore. As a nation we invite the world to commemorate that “one giant leap for mankind” and celebrate the international accomplishments and partnerships that have become the hallmarks of space exploration. Today the broader space community stands at a pivotal juncture in the course of future human space exploration. To succeed we must come together to create a unified vision that can be realized through the effective use of our collective assets and resources. It is in that spirit of collaboration that we would host the global space community in Washington, D.C., to envision what the next “giant leap” will be.

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