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Space for Africa Competition

The African Space Leadership Institute (ASLI) invites students and young professionals to participate in its maiden Space for Africa Essay Competition. This maiden edition requires an essay outlining how space can be used to meet one of the goals of the African Union's Agenda 2063.

 

The aim of the competition is to introduce students and young professionals to space policy and African Union affairs. Topics in these fields are typically not found in university curriculum.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

In order to qualify to apply for the competition, you must be:

 > A citizen of a Member State of the African Union, resident in Africa or abroad.

 > A student or a young professional between 18-35 years.

 

GUIDELINES

> Essay must focus on only one of the goals of the African Union's Agenda 2063. Each goal will form    

    a category for the competition.

> No more than 750 words in length. Written in English.

> Can include no more than 4 relevant pictures. All pictures should be given credits.

> Where necessary, should contain appropriate references which are accessible online. No footnotes, endnotes nor             references at end of essay. All references should be inserted within the essay as hypertext.

> Only one entry is allowed per applicant.

> Essays that do not follow the guidelines will be disqualified.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

The essays will be evaluated based on:

Content: How well does the essay address the goal? Does the author include real life issues and/or examples?

Structure: Is the essay organized in a logical manner?

Clarity: Are arguments clear?

Logic of ideasDo the arguments and examples support the author's main idea?

> Potential impact: How do the recommendations and/or solutions address the goal discussed? Are the

   recommendations and/or solutions pragmatic?

PRIZES

> Best two essays will receive full scholarship to participate in the 7th Africa Space Generation Workshop, in Harare,        

   Zimbabwe.

> Top essays in each category will receive full scholarship to participate in the African Space Policy and Strategy course

   at the African Space Leadership Institute. On successful completion of the course, participants will be given a verifiable

   Certificate of Participation.

> Certificate of Recognition for authors of top essays

> Authors of top essays have opportunity to join the ASLI network

> Winning essays will be published on ASLI platforms.

 

Essay (in MS word format) and CV can be uploaded here.

Deadline for entries is 11:59 GMT, 24th September 2023.

Winning essays will be publicly announced on 4th October 2023.

ASLI reserves the right to published winning essays on its physical and online platforms. Authors will be given due credits.

For any enquiries, kindly send an email to info@aslispace.org. (Essays should not be sent to this email. They should be uploaded using the link above.)

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