Opportunity to Support The Education For India’s First Woman on the Moon

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Kalpana Chawla Project for Innovation, Entrepreneurism & Space Studies

We invite your support for a remarkable opportunity to assist in bringing Dr. Kalpana Chawla Scholars of 2020 to the world-renowned Space Studies Program (SSP) of the International Space University (ISU), by providing postgraduate education to three scholars, one of whom might one day become India’s first woman on the Moon!

The Kalpana Chawla Project for Innovation, Entrepreneurism and Space Studies at the International Space University (also known as the Dr. KC Scholars) has been established to honor the Indian-American Astronaut Dr. Kalpana Chawla. The scholarship project is focused on developing strong technical and leadership qualities with talented Indian women.

Since 2017, the Dr. KC Scholars has been funding young Indian women of talent to attend the (SSP) by the ISU. There have been a total of seven KC Scholars to date (the first Scholar in 2017, two scholars in 2018, and four scholars in 2019) (https://www.kalpanachawlascholars.org/press).

The goal is to attract talented Indian women who are postgraduate students with backgrounds in science, medicine, materials, arts, policy, business management, satellite technology, and other space-related areas of focus, who also share Dr. Chawla’s selfless and passionate pursuit of education and excellence.

Space Studies Program 2020 (SSP20)

ISU’s SSP20 will be held in Strasbourg, France from Monday 22 June to Friday 21 August 2020. The scholarship opportunities with the International Space University are for the nine-week SSP and not for other ISU programs. The focus on the SSP is intended to generate the greatest impact in terms of resources and time. This is a historic moment to achieve an international impact with a few select, but a very talented group of Indian women postgraduate students. This scholarship is a commitment to creating the building blocks that are necessary for India to maintain its leadership in the global space and business communities.

The SSP at ISU is an intense two-month course for postgraduate students and professionals of all disciplines. The curriculum covers the principal space-related fields, both non-technical and technical and ranges from policy and law, business and management and humanities to life sciences, engineering, physical sciences and space applications. The shared experience of an international, interactive working environment is an ideal forum leading to the creation of an extensive, international, multidisciplinary professional network. Each year the SSP convenes in a different location around the world. Moving to a new city and country adds an exciting dynamic as well as new resources and expertise to the program.

Scholarship Funding

The Scholarship project for SSP20 has successfully identified three talented young women. However, we need to raise the remaining €20,000. We welcome and are grateful for your support to help these scholars attend the Space Studies Program at International Space University together. The Geeks Without Frontiers’ WomenConnect initiative has been an early supporter of this project. A modest donation from your end can contribute in a meaningful way towards this achievable goal. This is an exciting opportunity for you to contribute towards changing the lives of highly selected and talented young women.

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Picture Credit: ISU – 2019 Dr. KC Scholars: Nikhitha Chadde, Nitya Pandey, Sonal Baberwal*, Aditi Nilvarna, Rushanka Amrutkar
*Sonal Baberwal SSP17 MSS18 and first recipient of KC scholarship.


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