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 fields that use 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 2014-15 academic years 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. Links to descriptions of fellowship projects from 1995 to the present are found on the UA/ NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellowship Program home page. Other examples are working with educators (from 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 some other 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 in a space science/engineering-related discipline (that is, helping address NASA's mission, which includes, for example, Earth Sciences and Science Education) 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 Application Form and Questionnaire, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, 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 Susan Brew, Arizona Space Grant Program Coordinator, at (520) 621-8556 or by email at .

* One mechanism for educational outreach is the Space Grant/Land Grant Geospatial Extension Program. The goal of the Geospatial Extension Program is to bridge the gap between geospatial research and technology and its use by the general public through a partnership between NASA and the education outreach network provided by Cooperative Extension. Strong consideration will be given to applicants that promote partnerships with University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and incorporate remote sensing and spatial analysis in both their educational outreach and research. For more information, please research the Cooperative Extension website and then contact Barron Orr who is a Professor and Geospatial Extension Specialist and an Arizona Space Grant Consortium Associate Director, currently pursuing a Marie Curie Fellowship in Spain but available by email.