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Women In Aerospace Europe Awards Programme 2023

The Women In Aerospace Europe Awards & Grants Programme 2023 is now open!

WIA-Europe is devoted to providing support to its members through a variety of initiatives that strive to encourage upcoming talent and to support professionals dedicated to growing a gender-balanced aerospace community and who look to advance the aerospace industry as a whole.

The WIA-Europe Awards & Grants program is designed to support upcoming talent, both young professionals and students alike. In the award programme, a prize of ā‚¬1000 is awarded to a WIA-E member. An awards committee of space professionals evaluates and decides on the winners based on the quality of the essay.

<<Apply for the Women In Aerospace Europe Awards & Grants Programme 2023 here>> and submit all application documents to backoffice@wia-europe.org and membership@wia-europe.org.

Application considerations:

  • Applicants must apply via the link above
  • All winners are entitled to a free individual membership for the following year
  • A small bio (Ā½ page) and photo can be published on our website upon request

Application requirements:

  • Applicants must be WIA-E members
  • Winners should write an acknowledgement of WIA-E support
  • Winners should send a report by latest one month after prize is granted -one page max- with a short reflection on how the prize/experience has helped him/her to achieve its desired outcomes


  • Awards & Grants open for submission (April 14, 2023)
  • Deadline for submission (June 30, 2023)
  • Evaluation by the Committee completed (July 1, 2023)
  • Date: Announcement of the winners (July 30, 2023)

Awards & grants committee members

  • Maria Antonietta Perino: Acting Chair of Awards and Grants Committee, Director Space Economy Exploration and International Network, Thales Alenia Space, WIA-E Director, International Relations
  • Diana Pueyo: Head Of Procurement Spain, Thales Alenia Space
  • Natacha Callens: Education Office, European Space Agency
  • Marie-Claude Salome: Director of Communication, Centre National dā€™Etudes SpatialesĀ  (CNES)
  • Vasilis Zervos: Associate Professor on Economics of Defense and Security, University of Thessaly, Department of Economics

This years categories:

Definition Group/Individual Grant/Award Deliverables Criteria
Young Professionals Conference Grant Students doing science or engineering studies


*Includes PhD students who did not yet complete their thesis.


*Two prizes; one for PhD students, and one for pre-PhD students (Bachelors, Masters and equivalent).

Individual (2)



ā‚¬1,000 (each) Application form

-Curriculum Vitae

-Acceptance letter to theĀ  conference

-Supervisor letter of support on why this person deserve the prize(1)


-First time attendeesĀ  only

-The attendance must be to an aerospace workshops or conference

-Must be presenting a paper in an international context

-Applicant can be first author second or other author


-Nature of conference

-Full paper must be presented



Ā  Definition Group/Individual Grant/Award Deliverables Criteria
WIA-Europe essay award European Space Sector: Skills Gap and Upcoming Opportunities Individual (2) ā‚¬1,000 (each) Application form



-Applicant must be based in Europe

-Applicant must either study or work in the aerospace industry


-Essay must be based on the chosen topic

-Essay presents a coherent argument in response to a the chosen topic and and convince the committee that applicants position is credible

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