Young Scientists


A limited number of awards are available to assist young scientists from both developed and developing countries to attend the General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of URSI in Rome, 29 August – 5 September 2020.

To qualify for an award, the applicant:

1. must be less than 35 years old on September 1, 2020;

2. should have a paper, of which he or she is the principal author, submitted and accepted for oral or poster presentation at a regular session of the General Assembly and Scientific Symposium.

Applicants should also be interested in promoting contacts between developed and developing countries. Applicants from all over the world are welcome, including from regions that do not (yet) belong to URSI. All successful applicants are expected to fully participate in the scientific activities of the General Assembly and Scientific Symposium. They will receive free registration, and financial support for board and lodging at the General Assembly and Scientific Symposium. Limited funds will also be available as a contribution to the travel costs of young scientists from developing countries.

All Young Scientist applicants must submit a Summary Paper (2 to 4 pages) meeting the requirements of the Summary Paper Template, together with a CV and a list of publications in PDF format. The Summary Papers will be submitted to IEEE Xplore unless the author opts out.

The application needs to be done electronically by going to the same Web site used for the submission of abstracts/papers via After entering the author and submission details, authors will be asked if they want to apply for the Young Scientist Award. If they check the box “Yes,” additional questions will pop up for them to answer. Submissions must use the following file naming convention, where “Lastnameauthor” text is replaced by the student’s surname:

  • YSASummaryLastnameauthor.pdf
  • YSACVLastnameauthor.pdf
  • YSAPubListLastnameauthor.pdf

The deadline for paper submission is January 31, 2020; extended to February 10, 2020.

Applications will be assessed by the URSI Young Scientist Committee, taking account of the national ranking of the application and the technical evaluation of the Summary Paper by the relevant URSI Commission. Awards will be announced on 1 May 2020 on the URSI Web site.

For more information about URSI, the General Assembly and Scientific Symposium, and the activities of URSI Commissions, please look at the URSI Web site at: and the GASS 2020 Web site at We will also post updates on our Twitter account @URSI_Radio and on our Facebook page @internationalunionofradioscience.

If you need more information concerning the Young Scientist Program, please contact:

URSI Secretariat Ghent University/INTEC

Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 126, B-9052 Gent, Belgium