UNOOSA/SGAC Space4Youth Essay Competition

Opportunity Detail

  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Level Non-Degree /Short program
  • Number of Opportunity: 3
  • Eligible Region/Countries
    United Nations Member States
  • Medium of Instruction English
  • Field of study Water and Space
  • Opportunity ID 64894
  • Funding Type Partially Funded

Opportunity Description

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), in cooperation with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), accepts applications for Space4Youth Essay Competition 2022 from the U.N. State Members’ students, and individuals. UNOOSA and SGAC give a voice to youths and promote their ideas on using space for aquatic ecosystem protection and water resources management.

Participants can write and submit their essays on the Competition’s central theme:

Space for accelerating change in sustainable water resources management, the protection of aquatic ecosystems, and hydrology.’ Participants can select from but are not bound to the suggested topics below. They can choose topics of choice relevant to the Competition’s theme. 

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Participants should focus on how to use space to tackle water challenges in their essays. They can underline realistic, concrete, and original examples of how space technology, science, and its applications can support and inform the delivery of actions for water management problems. They can also highlight the adaptation of policies at regional, national, or international levels.

Space4Youth Essay Competition has two phases: In the first phase, applicants submit 100 words Abstract that applicants can fill in the online application form. In the second phase, applicants whose abstracts were successful will submit an Essay of 1,000 words. 

The scarcity of water is a major global challenge. As water demand and population rapidly increase, humans, face the consequences of development pressures, increased industrial markets on the resource, and urbanization.


  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 24 November 2022 (3:29 a.m. AFT)
  • Result of Abstract: 14 December 2022 
  • Essay Submission Deadline: 15 January 2023 (3:29 a.m. AFT)
  • Winner Announcement: End of January 
  • Host Organization: United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
  • Location: U.S. 
  • Gender: Male/Female
  • Number of Positions: 3
  • Degree: None  
  • Eligible Countries: United Nations Member States 
  • Program Duration: N/A
  • Language Required: English  
  • Fields: Water and Space   


Three final entrants of the Space4Youth Essay Competition will benefit from the program as follows:

  • A trip to the U.S. to meet with the U.S. space sector representatives and attend an Adult Space Camp. This camping will take place at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama;
  • Organizers will upload the three best essays on the Space for Youth website and the UNOOSA’s Space4Water Portal;
  • Winners will receive an invitation to attend other international events;
  • The priority is with participants from developing countries. 

Eligibility Criteria

All qualified applicants, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background, and disability, can apply for this Competition and should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a young professional or student from any Member State of the United Nations;
  • Be between 18 to 35 years old on 1 February 2023.
  • Apply as an individual, not as a team;
  • Should not be the Competition organizer and judge;

Abstracts and Essays Should:

  • Include a title and a lead-in sentence;
  • Abstracts do not exceed 100 words;
  • Essays do not exceed 1,000 words, excluding bibliography;
  • Images (1920 x 800 PX minimum quality) or graphics used in essays should have a title, a caption, and reference for adding credit;
  • Both Abstract and Essay must be in Times New Roman with a 12-font size;
  • Sentences should follow Chicago referencing style with links for researched information and facts included;
  • Texts should not promote and advertise any companies, organizations, or entities but draw examples;
  • Technical terms must include definitions; 
  • Both Abstracts and the Essays should be in English;
  • Both Abstracts and the Essays must be a PDF document with not more than 5 M.B. size;
  • File name should follow Name_Surname_Space4Youth Competition. 

Note: For further information, please read the United Nations Editorial Manual

Tips for Preparing Abstracts and Essays

Applicants must write their abstracts and essays concisely and comprehensively with reliable sources in simple English. Please follow these helpful tips:

  • Use short words where possible in place of long words.
  • Use active voice sentences in place of passive voice sentences.
  • Avoid passive continuous construction, such as an organized conference, etc. 
  • Avoid using complicated sentence structures and write your sentence expressively.
  • Use relevant and short subheadings to break up longer text for easy reading.
  • Use concrete data, facts, and numbers, rather than generalizations.
  • Write through the article several times to avoid and edit duplication of the same message.

Essay Structure 

Applicants must follow this structure for their essays:

  1. Introduction: Set the main thesis and ground;
  2. Main Body: Justify the thesis with relevant arguments and examples;
  3. Conclusions: Restate thesis or argument(s); potentially identify future developments or research. 

Note: Please read till the end of the Space4Youth Competition Instructions for Examples of Essay Topics.  

How to Apply?

Applicants should fill in the online form by registering in the Space for Youth Competition Form. After registering, please send the Abstract by the deadline to [email protected]



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Please visit the Space4Youth Competition Website or read the Competition Instructions for further details. 

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