An IAU Global Outreach Project


The Telescopes for All project distributes telescopes signed by astronauts and scientists, including Nobel Prize winners, to underserved communities around the world. The project aims to broaden the horizons of children, adults and educators while sparking an interest in science and raising awareness for equal opportunities in pursuing careers in astronomy.

This project is conducted in partnership with Sterren Schitteren Voor Iedereen (Stars Shine for Everyone — SSVI) and Leiden University/Universe Awareness (UNAWE).


In 2021, the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) will team up once again with the Belgian project Sterren Schitteren Voor Iedereen (Stars Shine for Everyone — SSVI), Bresser and Leiden University to distribute 12 telescopes to underserved communities around the world. The telescopes are signed by astronauts, Nobel laureates, astronomy communicators and scientists with inspiring roles in their communities.

We welcome proposals for projects that will broaden the horizons of children, parents and educators alike, sparking an interest in science and raise awareness of equal opportunities for pursuing a career in astronomy.

Submission Process

This is the submission process and guidelines for participants from Malaysia.

Important Dates

Submission open.

Workshop for guideline to write the proposal.

Submission close.

Proposals reviewed by the judges appointed by Malaysia IAU NOC Committee.

Successful proposals will be announced along with the recommendation letter by Malaysia IAU NOC.

Participants need to submit their proposal with recommendation letter by their own to IAU OAO.

Last day of submission for successful proposals, 11:59 pm.

Announcement for winners of the Telescopes for All.

Result for the Submitted Proposals

The judges decision is final. Thank you to all applicants for your proposal submission.

Judging Criteria


If your proposal is original or has an original component to it.


How it will affect the communities where it will be implemented.


If and how you will continue to use the telescope beyond the project.


Communities that are underserved in terms of telescopes provisions in the area/region will be given priority.

Other Informations

Organisers (Malaysia)

The Malaysia’s participation in Telescopes for All IAU Global Outreach Project is lead by Malaysia IAU National Outreach Coordinator (NOC) and co-organised by Planetarium Negara (National Planetarium), Universe Awareness Malaysia and Pusat STEM Negara (National STEM Center).

Proposal Writing Workshop

Registration is now open. The workshop aims to guide participants to understand about Telescope for All application, guidelines to write the proposal and advantage of submitting proposal.

The workshop will be held on:
Day : Thursday
Date : 6 May 2021
Time : 9.30pm – 10.30pm
Platform : Zoom & Facebook Live (Planetarium Negara)

*For Zoom platform, please check your email.