Now Accepting Applications: Dr. Michael Simpson Scholarship Fund 2024

Monday, May 6, 2024

We are excited to announce that the Secure World Foundation (SWF) is now accepting applications for the Dr. Michael Simpson Scholarship Fund, which supports young professionals in attending the International Astronautical Congress (IAC).

The 2024 IAC will take place from October 14-18 in Milan, Italy, and we are offering scholarships for space professionals under 35 years old to attend and present their work. Since the fund's inception, we have received more than 400 applications and provided more than 60 scholarships to students from 28 countries.

Our goal is to provide an opportunity for young space professionals to participate in this prestigious conference, enhance their professional growth, and contribute innovative ideas to the global space community. 

The scholarship funds can be used to cover any costs associated with traveling to the IAC to present your paper, such as registration, airfare to/from the event, and lodging during the IAC.

SWF scholarships will be awarded in increments of $500, ranging from $500 to $1500. Eligible applicants must have an abstract accepted for presentation at the 2024 IAC, and their paper must address one of the following topics:

  • Space Sustainability
  • Space Law and Policy
  • Human and Environmental Security

Application Form


To apply, please complete the form with your contact and paper details. Submit a short essay (max 500 words) explaining why presenting your research at the IAC is essential and what you hope to gain from the experience. Scholarship recipients must submit a trip report to SWF after the IAC.

SWF staff will evaluate applications based on:

  • Abstract quality
  • Relevance to Secure World Foundation's focus areas, and
  • Demographic and geographic diversity.


Deadline for Applications is 11:59 PM (EDT) June 14, 2024.

If you have any questions, please contact

Last updated on May 30, 2024