Fellowship 2021

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The Karman Fellowship Programme is a one-year leadership programme 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. Over the course of the Programme, Fellows strengthen personal relations, meet with global leaders in technology, science, business, politics and the arts, and take personal commitments to further advance space-related agendas for the betterment of humanity.
Karman Fellows are entrepreneurs, industry leaders, educators, artists and ecosystem builders - and as such, the Programme is designed to respect their busy schedules.

Key Objectives

The activities of the Fellowship Programme are designed to facilitate personal engagement, trust-building, inspiration and most importantly, 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. 

We aim to:

Key Activities & Dates

Fellows participating in the Programme will engage in regular activities (conducted under Chatham House Rules), such as:

Given the global nature of our community the majority of events are conducted online, except for Karman Week (including the Gala Dinner), which changes location each year and is planned to be held in Europe during 2021 (COVID-19 safety permitting). Karman Week 2021 is tentatively scheduled for 9-12 September 2021 (with arrival on 8 September 2021).


Our Selection Board consists of highly respected and successful professionals who represent a fine intersection of disciplines, industries and cultures. In the course of curating the group of 15 Karman Fellows, our Selection Board discusses each short-listed candidate in reference to five Selection Criteria.

Eligibility Criteria

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

 Selection Criteria


Application Process

  1. Candidates to express interest in applying by completing the short Application Form here.
  2. Candidates are invited via email to submit a short 5 minute video submission (with some supporting materials) about their background and motivation to join the Fellowship Programme with reference to the Selection Criteria.
  3. Karman Team, Chairman and selected representatives from our Board of Directors review video submissions and shortlist 50 candidates to be presented to the Selection Board.
  4. Selection Board convenes for review of 50 shortlisted candidates and selects 15 Karman Fellows to whom a place in the Fellowship Programme will be offered.

Key Dates for Fellowship Application

20 January 2021: Website applications open.
20 January - 20 March 2021: Upon receipt of website application, Karman Team validates candidate eligibility and candidates invited via email to submit short video and supporting materials (to be submitted within two weeks of eligibility validation by Karman Team).
20 March 2021: Website applications close and video submissions due (note: recommended earlier submission of website application to ensure time for video submission).
20 - 27 March 2021: Karman Team finalises shortlisted Top 50 candidates.
27 March 2021: Shortlisted candidates selected and Selection Board informed. Shortlisted and unsuccessful candidates informed.
10 April 2021: Selection Day (Selection Board convenes and 15 candidates selected for place in 2021 Fellowship Programme).
Week beginning 12 April 2021: 15 successful candidates offered place in 2021 Fellowship Programme and unsuccessful candidates receive feedback.

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