Graduate Fellowship Program Description

The University of Arizona/NASA Space Grant Program is pleased to announce an exceptional opportunity for highly qualified incoming and continuing graduate students to launch careers in space-related disciplines.

The University of Arizona/NASA Space Grant Program offers a select number of outstanding graduate students who are interested in promoting the understanding of space-related research to the public the opportunity to pursue two years of graduate study with full financial support. Space Grant Fellowships are offered to those pursuing degrees in Planetary Sciences, Astronomy, Physics, Earth Sciences and Global Change-related fields (Atmospheric Sciences, Geosciences, Hydrology and Water Resources, Geography, Ecology and others) Evolutionary Biology, Mathematics, Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, and in space-related fields in any college or field that uses space-related science and tools (e.g. Public Policy, the Social Sciences, Science Education, etc.) as long as the applicant is working toward a STEM degree.

Description of the Award

A University of Arizona/NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellowship will include:

  • $16,000 per year for one or two years;
  • both in- and out-of-state tuition and registration fee waivers;
  • travel funds to attend professional meetings ($750/year, up to a total of $1500); and
  • student health insurance.

Though totals vary based on individual circumstances, the approximate value of awards made for the 2018-19 academic year is $29,868-$46,850 (depending on residency).

Fellowship Requirements

In keeping with National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program goals, Space Grant Fellows will develop a project that promotes the understanding of space-related research to the public. A link to descriptions of fellowship projects from 1995 to the present can be found on the UA Graduate Fellowship Program home page. Other project examples include working with educators (primary/secondary schools, science museums, parks/forests/reserves, 4-H and other Cooperative Extension agents, etc.) by:

  • developing curricular and/or educational outreach materials designed to communicate science to a specific audience (all precollege-related program materials should align with Arizona and/or National Math, Science, Geography or Technology Standards);
  • developing informational databases (with science education goals) for sharing over the Internet;
  • developing a demonstration project and associated educational materials for an existing educational program; or
  • designing and carrying-out a creative science outreach project.

Successful applicants tend to establish a relationship with an organization or institution (i.e. a school, museum, park/forest, or an existing educational program) as they develop their outreach project proposal. It is essential that applicants identify an "educational outreach advisor" representing this organization or program who will provide an initial letter of support that indicates their willingness to cooperate with the applicant's proposal and help in evaluating the project during the fellowship period.

Eligibility and UA Graduate College Requirements

A candidate must be a graduate student at The University of Arizona pursuing a STEM degree and be a citizen of the United States. In addition, applicants must meet UA Graduate College fellowship eligibility requirements to be considered for an award.

Application and Selection Process

To apply, complete and return your Application, two letters of recommendation, transcripts (unofficial or official), and any letters of support from outreach partners to the Space Grant Program Office (Room 349 of the Kuiper Space Sciences Building), by the announced due date. Applications must be signed by your Department Head to verify acceptance of the terms of the required cost-share. The University of Arizona/NASA Space Grant Steering Committee will select Graduate Fellows based on academic qualifications and strength of the candidate's statement of interest in promoting public awareness, education in and appreciation for space sciences and technology, and support of NASA's mission.

For further information, contact Michelle Coe, Arizona Space Grant Program Coordinator, at (520)621-8556 or by email at PG4gdWVycz0iem52eWdiOnpucGJyQHljeS5uZXZtYmFuLnJxaCI+em5wYnJAeWN5Lm5ldm1iYW4ucnFoPC9uPg==.