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PSGC Scholarships and Fellowships

Space Grant Fellowship and Scholarship awards are designed to increase the pool of graduate students in fields relevant to NASA. Space Grant awards are limited to students who are U.S. Citizens and who are enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university.

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NASA Space Grant Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded to outstanding students pursuing graduate degrees in fields that are relevant to the mission, research, and/or strategic objectives of NASA's four Mission Directorates: Aeronautics, Exploration Systems, Science, and Space Operations. Graduate Fellowships are awarded at The Pennsylvania State University, The University of Pittsburgh, and Temple University.

Penn State University
Information and online application are available here.

Temple University
Contact: John Helferty, College of Engineering
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Tel: (215) 204-8089

University of Pittsburgh
Contact: Dr. Juan J. Manfredi
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
140 Thackeray Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
TEL: (412) 624-6480

NASA Space Grant Scholarships

Space Grant Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students pursuing undergraduate degrees in fields that are relevant to the mission, research, and/or strategic objectives of NASA's four Mission Directorates: Aeronautics, Exploration Systems, Science, and Space Operations. Contact the following campus representatives to receive information about the NASA Space Grant scholarships at our member institutions.

Penn State University - University Park
Sylvia Stein Memorial Space Grant Scholarship (annual)

Lincoln University
Dr. Robert Langley, Department of Chemistry
Lincoln University, PA 19352
Tel: (610) 932-1222

Penn State Abington
Dr. Samir Ouzomgi
Division Head: Science & Engineering
Associate Professor of Mathematics
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
Tel: (215) 881-7552

Susquehanna University
Jack Holt
207 Steele Hall
Selinsgrove, PA 17870-1001
Tel: (570) 372-4295

West Chester University
Dr. Leonard Bryan
Center for Earth Observing Systems
West Chester, PA 19383
TEl: (610) 436-2393

NASA Education Programs

The main goals of NASA's education program are to "inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics" and to "engage the public in shaping and sharing the experience of exploration and discovery".

Visit the NASA Education Website for further information about NASA Fellowships and Grants.

NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP)

The goal of NASA's GSRP is "to cultivate research ties to the academic community".

Visit the GSRP Website for further information about the Graduate Student Research and Education Programs. The application deadline is February 1st.

Minority University Research and Education Programs(MUREP)

The Minority University Research and Education Programs are administered through NASA's Office of Education to increase responsiveness to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Universities including Hispanic Serving Institutions and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Visit the MUREP Website for further information about the Minority University Research and Education Programs.

Dr. Carl Person, Acting Director
NASA Headquarters
Washington, DC 20546
Tel: 202-358-0971
Fax: 202-358-3745

Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Deadline: Annually on November 15

The Zonta International Foundation offers an annual Amelia Earhart Fellowship for women. This Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of Amelia Earhart, famed pilot and Zontian.

Zonta invites applications from qualified women for grants of $6000 each for graduate study in aerospace-related sciences and engineering. Women of any nationality are eligible. It is anticipated that 35 grants will be made for the coming year.

Zonta International Foundation
Attn: Ana Ubides, Foundation Associate
557 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60661-2206 USA
Tel: 312-930-5848
Fax: 312-930-0951

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation scholarship (annual)

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation scholarships are awarded to juniors, seniors, or graduate students in math, physical sciences and engineering each year. The Penn State 2001-2002 recipient was Nicholas Bond, a senior in the Schreyer Honors College majoring in astronomy and astrophysics. The Penn State 2002-2003 recipient is Eric Rotthoff, who is majoring in Computer Science and Astronomy and Astrophysics. The Students at Penn State are nominated annually by the Undergraduate Fellowships Office located in 11A Grange Building. For more information about the scholarship, visit

Goldwater Scholarship (annual)

Deadline: February 1, 2005

Two-hundred-fifty scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding sophomores and juniors in math, the natural sciences and engineering. Awards of up to $7500 cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board. Penn State has had 22 winners in the last six years. Students at University Park must apply through the Undergraduate Fellowships Office located in 11A Grange Building. The 2005 deadline is February 1st. For more information about the scholarship, please visit

National Science Foundation Fellowships (annual)

Deadline: TBA

The annual NSF Fellowships provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees in science, mathematics, and engineering supported by the NSF and are intended for students in the early stages of their graduate study. Penn State students win up to fifteen NSF fellowships each year.

Although you can apply directly to NSF, Penn State students in the College of Science should contact Associate Dean Norm Freed prior to applying. All students are encouraged to use the resources and services offered through the Undergraduate Fellowships Office when gathering application materials.

Universities Space Research Association Undergraduate Scholarship (annual)

The purpose of the USRA Scholarship Program is to provide college scholarships to students who have shown a career interest in the physical sciences or engineering with an emphasis on space research or space science education. Scholarships up to $500 are awarded annually. The deadline is May 1 every year.

Undergraduate Fellowships Office at PSU

The Undergraduate Fellowships Office (UFO) encourages qualified Penn State students to apply for and get scholarships through promotion, recruitment, mentoring, and establishing a nurturing environment. Their office is located in the back of Grange Building in 11A. You are encouraged to stop by their office and peruse through the numerous scholarships, fellowships and research opportunities they have on file.

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Last Updated: March 15, 2007