NASA Opens Call For Space Technology Research Fellowships

NSTRF11 Fellow Katherine Kragh-Buetow under the supervision of NASA Research Collaborator Dr. Robert Okojie operates a thin film deposition system in the NASA’s Glenn Research Center Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory. Image Credit: NASA

September 7, 2017 – NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) invites current and future master and doctoral students to submit graduate student fellowship applications in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. Proposals are due by Thursday, November 2.

STMD seeks to sponsor graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating new and innovative space technologies for the nation’s science, exploration and economic future. Fellows will perform innovative space technology research that could improve America’s technological competitiveness by providing the nation with a pipeline of innovative space technologies.

The grants, worth as much as $75,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the fall 2018 academic term. Grant awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made to accredited U.S. universities.

Selected applicants will perform research at their respective colleges or universities and at selected NASA centers. In addition to a faculty advisor, each student will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged NASA researcher who will serve as the student’s research collaborator. Through this collaboration, students will take advantage of broader and deeper space technology research opportunities directly related to their research objectives, acquire a more detailed understanding of the potential end applications of their efforts, directly disseminate their research results within the NASA community, and enhance their understanding of the research process.

This is the eighth call NASA has issued for space technology research fellowships since 2011.

For information about this year’s NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship 2018 solicitation and instructions for submitting applications, visit:

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