CSA Offers Student Grants for Space Conferences and Training Events

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The Canadian Space Agency is offering students access to a pool of $550,000 in grant money over three years to participate in space conferences and training events.

The Announcement of Opportunity (AO) tailored to students was issued earlier this year but recently the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) updated the opportunity and began promoting it on their social media channels. The update included mentioning that European Space Agency (ESA) training sessions and workshops Canadian students could participate in.

The opportunity is open to Canadian post-secondary students and the maximum grant is $3500 per funding request.

The ESA training sessions are numerous and include training courses for; Navigation, Space Debris, Satellite Communication Systems, Introduction to Space Law, Human Space Physiology and others.

ESA is also offering workshops including ESEO In Flight Experience, Robotics, Spacecraft Testing and a CubeSat Concurrent Engineering Workshop.

The CSA says it will periodically update the list of eligible events so students should keep an eye on this web page. And while some events have passed they are annual conferences and in all probability show up again for the following year.

One notable upcoming international conference students should be aware of is the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs hosted by the Space Foundation and includes the Space Generation Fusion Forum. The CSA describes it as “One of the largest and most notable gatherings of members of the global space community. The Space Symposium hosts leaders and innovators from around the world from government, industry, military, intelligence, research and investment communities.”

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