Rita R. Hamm IA Excellence Scholarship

Financial support for attending IAIA22 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.


Application Deadline:  6 December 2021
Note: IAIA22 abstracts must be submitted by 8 November 2021.


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.  IAIA will sponsor two award winners this year; one is the 2020 award winner, Christopher Ibeh, and the second will be a new award winner.  This scholarship allows young practitioners in the region of the host country to attend the IAIA annual conference.  


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 (Vancouver/BC/Canada).
  • 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 IAIA22 abstract for a paper presentation by 8 November 2021.


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 6 December 2021.
  • 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 IAIA22 in its entirety, remaining in Vancouver, BC, Canada from approximately 4 - 7 May 2022.
  • 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 no later than 6 December 2021.


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