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A scholarship is available for young cartographers, designers, graphic artists, earth and planetary scientists, or non-professionals to carry out a project in planetary cartography and present their results at the 2017 International Cartographic Conference in Washington, DC, USA.

The project may be

  1. a research on any aspect of planetary cartography or
  2. the creation of a planetary map of any planetary body (planet, satellite, dwarf planet, small body, or exoplanetary system) in print and/or digital format.

What does the scholarship cover?

Printing: Printing costs of poster / map for presentation at the conference.

Travel to the next ICA Conference (Washington, DC, USA, 2017): Scholarships will cover transportation (economy excursion ticket) and registration at the conference. Accommodation will be arranged in budget hotels, but recipients will be asked to contribute a significant part of the accommodation costs.


The applicant should be a national of a developing country. This includes all countries in Africa, South and Central America (including the Caribbean), most countries of southern Asia, and Oceania (ICA generally uses the United Nations interpretation of ‘developing country’, refer to the United Nations website:

Applicants must be giving a paper at the International Cartographic Conference for the first time, and be younger than 35 years and be beyond their high school education. Applicants must submit a full paper through the Call for Papers on the next ICA conference website. Recipients will be expected to be at the conference and must attend the opening ceremony where the awards will be handed over.


If you plan to make a project in planetary cartography and apply for the scholarship, please get in touch with the Commission on Planetary Cartography by e-mail to receive more information, practical advice and suggestions on your project, preferably before you have started it. The scholarship will be awarded only after you have completed the project and submitted your results to the conference as full paper.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 19, 2016 3:48 am

    Why applicant has age limit. Can citizen scientists also apply from developing country?

    • June 19, 2016 9:10 pm

      ICA wants to support those whose carreer at the beginning so they can move later into this direction as professionals. So it is to support the future professionals. Citizen scientists is a completely different thing, they have different opportunities, from crowdsourcing projects to outreach and amateur astronomy organizations. If you are just a little over the age limit, ICA is flexible.

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