Rita R. Hamm IA Excellence Scholarship

Financial support for attending IAIA17 in Montréal, Canada.

Application Deadline: 7 December 2016
Note: IAIA17 abstracts must be submitted by 31 October 2016.


The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) is pleased to offer the Rita R. Hamm IA Excellence Scholarship in honor of the legacy that IAIA’s former CEO has left on the organization and the field of impact assessment.  One scholarship is offered in conjunction with each annual IAIA conference, allowing a young practitioner in the region of the host country to attend. 

Funds for this scholarship were made possible by the generous donations of IAIA members, most notably Charlotte Bingham, who issued a grant-matching challenge. Additional contributions are welcome.

Who would qualify for the scholarship?

A successful applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Has never attended an IAIA annual conference.
  • Lives in the region where the conference will be held (IAIA17: North America).
  • Holds an undergraduate or graduate degree in impact assessment or a related field.
  • Is 35 years of age or younger at the time of application.
  • Is fluent in English.
  • Has submitted an IAIA17 abstract for a paper presentation by 31 October.


Selection will consider compliance to all above mentioned criteria as well as abstract quality. 


  • Applicants must meet all the above-listed qualifications.
  • Applicants must submit a complete application form and all required attachments by 7 December 2016.
  • The recipient must have a valid passport and must obtain and pay for all necessary visas in a timely manner (if necessary).
  • The recipient will be expected to attend IAIA17 in its entirety, remaining in Montréal, Canada, from approximately 4-7 April 2017.
  • The recipient shall submit comments and evaluations of the value of his/her conference participation to IAIA as requested.


The scholarship includes:

  • Complimentary conference registration fee.
  • Complimentary conference banquet ticket.
  • Complimentary three-year IAIA membership.
  • US$2,000 cash stipend to be used towards personal travel expenses, registration for other events (such as training courses and technical visits), etc. Note that the recipient will be responsible for making his/her own travel arrangements.


How to apply

Download the application form. The application form and attachments must be submitted via email no later than 7 December 2016.