Space for Africa Competition 2024

The African Space Leadership Institute (ASLI) invites students and young professionals to participate in the second edition of the Space for Africa Essay Competition. This edition requires an essay outlining how space can be used to meet one of the priority areas of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

The aim of the competition is to introduce students and young professionals to economics, policy and African affairs, with particular focus on the aerospace sector.


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

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

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


 > Essay should focus on only one of the AfDB’s priority areas (High 5s). Each goal will form a category.

 > No more than 1000 words in length. Written in English.

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

 > Where necessary, essay 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.


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 ideas: Do 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?


 > Best two essays will receive scholarship to participate in the African Economic Conference 2024. Information about past conferences is available here. Participation in the conference is subject to meeting the conference requirements. 

 > Top essays in each category will receive full scholarship to participate in the African Space Policy and Strategy course at ASLI. On successful completion of the course, participants will be given a verifiable Certificate of Participation.

 > Winning essays will be published on physical and virtual platforms. Authors will receive Certificates of Recognition for their essays.


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

Deadline for entries is 11:59 GMT, 21st April 2024.

Winning essays will be publicly announced by mid-May 2024.

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

For further inquiries, kindly send an email to (Essays should not be sent to this email. They should be uploaded using the link above.)