NASA is interested in the development of the future workforce for the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. These competitive fellowships are granted to those students with academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in the STEM careers. The goal of the program is to recruit and retain students in STEM fields, providing them with workforce skills that will prepare them for employment with NASA or the aerospace industry. The fellowships require engagement in the STEM fields, and therefore are not traditional scholarships. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Students must propose a workforce development activity, research project, internship, or similar project for their fellowship.
DEADLINE: MAY 20, 2016
The anticipated funding period is August 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017. It is important to note that requests for extensions beyond this funding period may not be allowed.
NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellowships
NASA is increasingly interested in the development of the future aerospace workforce. The goal of the program is to recruit students to aerospace-related research, especially underrepresented students and females. These competitive fellowships are granted to undergraduate and graduate students with a demonstrated interest in working for NASA or the aerospace industry. The fellowships require engagement in an aerospace-related project, and therefore are not traditional scholarships. The fellowships are generally paid through the institution’s payroll process as hourly or monthly student worker stipends. Students must propose a workforce development activity, research project, internship, or similar project for the fellowship.
Types of Projects for Fellowships
The NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellowship Program funds students to engage in the following types of activities related to aerospace:
• Student research, including senior design projects;
• Research or lab assistant for a faculty member;
• Internship at NASA or in aerospace industry;
• NASA-sponsored activity participation such as Robotic Mining Competition, etc.;
• Travel to participate in a professional conference or workshop; or
• Other similar experience.
Students may have questions as they try to identify an appropriate project. Students should first contact faculty members at their own institution to identify opportunities available on their campus for students to engage in research projects. Other suggestions include: Search the NASA website for college and university opportunities for students, and Join the NASA Nebraska Space Grant listserv to learn about various NASA programs available. Visit ne.spacegrant.org to join.
Fellowships are limited to U.S. Citizens. Graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Full-time and part-time students are eligible to apply. Underrepresented minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Students must attend one of the institutions listed below during the entire timeframe of the fellowship (the fellowship may end in December):
• Chadron State College
• College of St. Mary
• Creighton University
• Hastings College
• Metropolitan Community College
• Nebraska Indian Community College
• University of Nebraska - Lincoln
• University of Nebraska at Omaha
• University of Nebraska at Kearney
• University of Nebraska Medical Center
• Western Nebraska Community College
Applications are due May 20, 2016. A statewide review committee will evaluate applications. These evaluations will be used to determine funding levels. If selected in stage one, students will be invited to work with their faculty mentor to develop a short proposal due in June or July 2016 as part of the finalist competition.
Fellowship Final Report
Fellowship Final Reports are collected annually via a survey monkey link that will be emailed to the awarded students in the Spring (date to be determined by NASA).