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Opportunities for students and young professionals

IAIA18 is expected to welcome over 700 delegates from 70+ nations around the world. This is the largest conference in the diverse impact assessment field and is a unique chance to present your work and receive international feedback. IAIA18 is your opportunity to network with professionals and learn about current best practice principles, recent tools, and techniques for impact assessment.

A discounted student registration fee is available, as are several student and young professional programs.

Tips on how to take advantage of attending IAIA events


Students & Young Professionals Workshop

The SYP Section invites early career IA researchers, practitioners, and post-graduate students to a half-day workshop to present their work, listen to seasoned IA practitioners and academics speak about their career path, and participate in a speed-mentoring activity. Stay connected by attending other SYP social activities during the week.

Wednesday, 16 May | 08:00-11:30 | Price:   $10 | Pre-registration is required.


Student registration fee waivers

The IAIA18 student fee waiver program allows up to 10 students a waived conference registration fee in exchange for providing in-kind services to IAIA. Eligible students must:

  • Have submitted an accepted abstract to participate as an IAIA18 presenter (poster presentations are not eligible) by   20 November 2017.

Be a current student member of IAIA, or apply for student membership.

  • Submit the student fee waiver application form by 8 December 2017. No exceptions! Applicants will be notified by 18 December 2017 whether they have been accepted. Each student selected will be asked to pay a US$40 non-refundable processing fee at that time. Fee waivers are allocated in part based on geographic dispersion and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Program Guidelines

Program Application Form


Student training course fee waivers

A limited number of free training course registrations are available to student participants of IAIA18 once courses reach their minimum paid enrollments. If you are interested, please send the following to
Your name

  • A 300-word statement of interest explaining how the chosen training course could contribute to your research or student career
  • Proof of full time student status (proof can be provided in the following forms: a copy of a recent transcript or a letter from an administrative professional indicating your full time student status)
  • First and second course choices

Applications for free course registrations will be accepted from 15 March to 30 March 2018. Allocations of the free training course slots will be made by 15 April 2018, based on the order in which the requests were received and subject to instructor approval.


Rita R. Hamm IA Excellence Scholarship

The Rita R. Hamm IA Excellence Scholarship honors the legacy that IAIA’s former CEO has left on the organization and the field of impact assessment. One scholarship will be offered in conjunction with IAIA18, allowing a young practitioner in the region of the host country to attend.  Potential candidates are those who have never attended an IAIA annual conference in the past and submit an abstract to present a paper at IAIA18 by the 20 November abstract deadline. Full application instructions are posted at The application deadline is 18 December 2017.


young professionals bursary program
For the Durban conference, IAIA will provide up to 40 bursaries to young professionals in the form of waived registration fees. The recipients are expected to cover all other costs associated with attending the conference. Potential candidates are those who have never before attended an IAIA annual conference, are 30 years of age or younger, are currently employed in the field of IA, and are living and working in a country listed under the World Bank’s GNI (gross national income) categories of low-income economies, lower-middle-income economies, and upper-middle-income economies. Full application instructions are posted at The application deadline is 15 March 2018.


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