Rita R. Hamm IA Excellence Scholarship

Financial support for attending IAIA18 in Durban, South Africa.

Application Deadline: 18 December 2017
Note: IAIA17 abstracts must be submitted by 20 November 2017.

To apply: Complete the application form at the bottom of this page.


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 (IAIA18: South Africa).
  • 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 IAIA18 abstract for a paper presentation by 20 November 2017.


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 18 December 2017.
  • 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 IAIA18 in its entirety, remaining in Durban, South Africa from approximately 16-19 May 2018.
  • 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

Complete the form below. Please note that the application form plus required attachments must be submitted no later than 18 December 2017.