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Fellowship Program

Global Impact

1 Year

15 Fellows

AboutThe Karman Fellowship Program is a one-year leadership program designed to foster trust, independent dialogue and cooperation between 15 selected Karman Fellows who are below the age of 45 and have achieved outstanding accomplishments in space

Karman Fellows are entrepreneurs, industry leaders, educators, artists and ecosystem builders who are motivated to positively impact space.

Chatham House Rule

In an effort to create a safe forum for independent and strategic discussion about the future of space, the Karman Project gathers members as passionate individuals and operates under the Chatham House Rule. Karman Fellows interact with a diverse, global and multidisciplinary network of decision-makers to amplify their impact.

Our Program

The Fellowship Program is designed to facilitate personal engagement, trust-building, inspiration and impact. We connect the Karman Fellows with leaders, trailblazers and industry experts — leveraging the varied learnings and experiences of our professionally, culturally, discipline-rich community for ongoing personal and professional development.

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Virtual and in-person gatherings to build lifelong relationships and trust

Karman Week

The flagship event of the Fellowship, in which Karman Fellows are gathered together in-person with global leaders for a four-day program featuring strategic discussions, workshops, social activities and leadership challenges.

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Gala Dinner

An inspiring and strategic evening for the Karman Community to gather with key stakeholders in space and adjacent industries in support of the Karman Fellows as they declare their voices and visions for a cooperative future in space.

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Visits & Activities

Exploring cultures, disciplines and events with hosts and partners to deepen key understandings.

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Curated, topical and solution-oriented discussions to form understandings around key challenges in space and beyond

Strategic Roundtable Discussions

A solution-oriented forum for strategic discussion around key topics in space to support Karman Community members in producing whitepapers with actionable recommendations.

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Global Challenges

Understanding the state of the world, how space is impacted by various topics and how space can create positive influence. 

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Oxford Smart Space Program

Annual participation in the University of Oxford’s Smart Space MBA Program to critically analyse space from a social sciences perspective. 

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Intimate talks, lessons and mentorship from distinguished global leaders across disciplines

Lessons in Leadership

Curated and intimate discussions with leaders across disciplines designed to impart best practices throughout the Karman Fellowship.

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Mentorship Program

Optional program in which Fellows are matched with senior Karman Community members according to their needs, challenges and interests.

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Work collaboratively, break down barriers, think in a futuristic mindset and create positive impact

Fellowship Commitments

The key outcome of the Karman Fellowship, in which Fellows are supported in taking a personal commitment - a pledge - to further advance a topic of their choice focused upon impact and cooperation within space.

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Imagine Sessions

Creative workshops to envision the state of space in the future. Sci-fi style and guided by international directors.

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Space for Sustainability

Space for Education

Our Impact

In building a common space future, we look to creating and supporting tangible impact. Each year, the Karman Fellows traverse global issues informed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals that space technologies can contribute to solving, together with challenges that exist within the space sector. As a ‘space-for-impact’ foundation, the Karman Project supports the Fellows in addressing six key Impact Themes: Sustainability, Education, Empowerment, Cooperation, Science and Inspiration.

Space for Empowerment

Space for Cooperation

Space for Science

Space for Inspiration

Application Process

Each year, 15 Fellows are selected by an independent and global Selection Board to participate in the Karman Fellowship. We welcome your application!

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Karman Fellowship

Applications open in January of each year and may be submitted until the end of March. Sign up to our newsletter to stay updated!

FAQs

What is the eligibility criteria for the Fellowship?

In order to be considered for the Karman Fellowship Program, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Aged 45 years or younger (as at the application deadline each year); 
  • Complete both the short website application form and the video submission (this will be requested by the Karman Team upon completion of the website application).

What is the selection criteria for the Fellowship? 

  1. Exceptional professional achievement and impact in space or a space-related field.
  2. Track record of successful cooperations or projects (ideally cross-border or cross-disciplinary).
  3. Demonstrated strategic thinking in relation to critical global issues that space can contribute to solving and/or challenges that exist within the space sector.
  4. Motivation to join the Karman Fellowship Program and the Karman Community (including potential future contribution).
  5. Complementary potential in relation to other Fellowship candidates (e.g. diverse representation of nationalities, sectors and disciplines among Fellowship cohort).

What does the application process involve? 

Candidates are first asked to submit some basic information about their working history and profile. After confirming eligibility, the Karman Team invites candidates to submit a five-minute video in which candidates can introduce themselves with reference to the Selection Criteria, together with their Resume and any complementary materials (e.g. portfolio). 

Do I require letters of recommendation?

It is optional to include letters of recommendation in one’s Fellowship application. Recommendation letters are not required, but we will be happy to review them.

When do applications open each year and what does the selection process entail?

Applications generally open in January each year and remain open until the end of March. A shortlisting process then takes place to select 50 candidates for presentation to the Selection Board. The Selection Board generally convenes during April for review of the 50 shortlisted applicants, and the 15 Karman Fellows are selected.

Is there any programming for those who are shortlisted, but not selected for the Fellowship?

Yes, absolutely! In recognition of their immense achievements and contributions, the 50 shortlisted candidates are invited to become “Karman Pioneers” and participate in certain community activities. Throughout the year, Karman Pioneers can partake in certain partner activities such as the Oxford Smart Space MBA Program and the Karman Gala Dinner.

How can I remain updated about the Karman Fellowship?

The best way to remain updated is to subscribe to our mailing list. We will ensure that all registrants are updated prior to applications opening each year!

What level of my career do I need to be at to become a Karman Fellow?

The Selection Board will be most interested in understanding each candidate’s story, and as an interdisciplinary and international community, no two stories are the same. In saying that, we would recommend that candidates are at a ‘decision making’ level of their career to ensure that they can exercise positive influence beyond the program.

If I apply for the Karman Fellowship and am not successful, can I re-apply?

Yes, absolutely - candidates are always welcome to re-apply in the future! There have been many occasions where candidates have been accepted upon the second application due to tangible changes in their circumstances, and we welcome updates on your status. Moreover, we have designed the program to support candidates who are shortlisted but have not been selected for the Fellowship to ensure value creation for our community via our Karman Pioneers program. For more information, feel free to contact us.

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