Aerospace Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program

Scholarship Description

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) Graduate Research STEM Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $5,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research support. Applicants must be Student at NASA enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance.

The purpose of the VSGC Graduate STEM Rresearch Fellowship program is to encourage talented individuals to pursue careers in the aerospace industry that support NASA’s mission. Awardees will be required to certify through their academic department that basic research support of at least $5,000 in matching funds is also being provided before funds are released. These Fellowships are intended to enhance basic graduate support such as graduate research assistanships, graduate teaching assistanships, and non-federal scholarships and fellowships.

Graduate Research Fellowships require that students participate in an active faculty-mentored research experience that aligns with the aerospace sector and meets NASA’s mission.  Awards are made annually and are renewable for one year for students making satisfactory academic and research progress. This is a competitive fellowship program and awards are based on merit recognizing high academic achievement and promise.


Encouraging undergraduate students in STEM and aerospace-related fields of study to continue to the graduate level
Promote graduate aerospace-related research, while recognizing high academic achievement and promise
Increasing participation of underrepresented minorities, females and students with disabilities in aerospace-related careers
Implementing the goals of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


Must be a U.S. citizen
Must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student at one of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions
May apply prior to entering or anytime during your graduate program
Must be in a program of study demonstrating an interest in aerospace or supporting NASA’s mission
Must have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Please check the website for any changes in deadline of application.

Year of Need: 1st Year Grad, 2nd Year Grad,

Type: Merit Based

Num Awards: Multiple

Min Award: 5000

Max Award:

Deadline: 2022-12-31


Sponsoring Organization Virginia Space Grant Consortium
600 Butler Farm Road, Suite 2253
Hampton, VA 23666

Contact Person:

Phone: 757-766-5210

Fax: 757-766-5205