ESA x Barbie Bursary

Women in Aerospace Europe


In 2021, Barbie partnered with the European Space Agency (ESA) and its female astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti to celebrate ‘Women in Space’ and inspire girls everywhere to see the STEM field as a viable career option. The collaboration sees Samantha’s doll sent on a Zero-G flight and educational resources on space made available to parents and teachers. Part of the proceeds from sales of the Samantha Cristoforetti Barbie doll, previously a one-of-a-kind Barbie but now available across Europe, has been donated to Women In Aerospace to inspire the next generation. WIA-Europe has used the donation to create an Women In Aerospace Europe Outreach Award: ESA x Barbie bursary that would support a European outreach project conducted by a young aerospace professional.  


The winner of the WIA-Europe Outreach Award is Clara Moriceau. She will use the €5000 bursary within the PADAWANS project, which she leads as member of the SGAC Diversity and Gender Equality Project Group.

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  • €5000 / donated by ESA/Barbie


  • Individuals (prize to be awarded to one person), conducting an outreach project, aimed to inspire younger generations of girls and women to enter a career in STEM or fostering a successful collaboration of all genders in this field.
  • The project can be conducted individually or with the support of a group.
  • Academic and non-academic projects are eligible for submission.
  • There are no limitations regarding age or nationality of the award recipient, but the project should be Europe-based.
  • Progress and outcome of the project will be publicized in the WIA-Europe channels


  • Deadline to submit the proposal: 1 December 2021
  • Announcement of the winner: mid-February 2022


  • CV & Motivation letter
  • Project description, including a provisional project budget. The application must cover the following points: Who? What (including content)? When? Where? For whom? (max 5 pages)
  • Any necessary approval from the relevant agency/authority in order to carry out the academic or non-academic project
  • Letters of support (max 3)
  • There are no further limitations on how the prize money will be spent (project implementation, travel, subsistence…). However, a successful completion of the project needs to be shown in due time. A progress report and final project report are to be submitted together with a financial overview.


  • Eligibility: project or diploma to be attained in Europe
  • Motivation letter
  • Relevance of the project to the objectives of WIA-Europe
  • Feasibility
  • Project plan and originality
  • Extent of outreach
  • Quality of CV and support letters
  • Possibility to complete the project within 12 months