Opportunities for Students and Young Professionals


Registration fee discount

A discounted student registration fee is available, as are several student and young professional programs. Read more about these opportunities below and online at conferences.iaia.org/2019/students-and-young-professionals.php.


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.
Monday, 29 April | 08:30-12:00 | Price:   $10 | Pre-registration is required.


Students and Young Professionals Bursary Program

Up to 25 bursaries will be given to students and young professionals in the form of waived registration fees to attend IAIA19. 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 and are either currently a student enrolled in an impact assessment or related undergraduate or graduate program OR are currently employed in the field of IA and living/working in a country listed under the World Bank’s GNI categories of low-income economies, lower-middle-income economies, and upper-middle-income economies. Young professionals must be 30 years or younger at the time of application to qualify.  There is no age restriction for students.
Full application instructions are posted at conferences.iaia.org/2019/young-professionals-bursary.php. The application deadline is 31 December 2018.


Student Training Course Fee Waivers

A limited number of free training course registrations are available to student participants of IAIA19 once courses reach their minimum paid enrollments. If you are interested, please send the following to kayla@iaia.org:

  • 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 8-22 March 2019. Allocations of the free training course slots will be made by 1 April 2019, 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 IAIA19, 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 IAIA19 by the 19 October abstract deadline. Full application instructions are posted at conferences.iaia.org/2019/rita-r-hamm-ia-excellence-scholarship.php. The application deadline is 25 November 2018.



The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) is pleased to offer this CBS program to aid Papua New Guinea nationals in attending IAIA19.  Ten applicants who meet all qualifications will receive a stipend to attend the conference.  Funds for this program were made possible by IAIA19 Premier sponsor, ExxonMobil PNG Limited. Full application instructions are posted on the PNG Stipend Program Page. The application deadline is 3 January 2019.


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