Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program

Virginia Space Grant Consortium

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Grant amount: Approximately US $6,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 31, 2021 8:59pm PST

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research, Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Virginia

Location of citizenship: United States

Minimum GPA: 3.0

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The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) Graduate Research STEM Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $6,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research support. Applicants must be 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 Research Fellowship program is to encourage talented individuals to pursue careers in STEM and support NASA's mission. Awardees will be required to certify through their academic department that basic research support of at least $6,000 in matching funds is also being provided before funds are released. These Fellowships are intended to enhance basic graduate support such as graduate research assistantships, graduate teaching assistantships, and non-federal scholarships and fellowships.

Graduate Research Fellowships require that students participate in an active faculty-mentored research experience that aligns with 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 NASA-related fields of study to continue to the graduate level
  • Promote graduate STEM-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).

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicant:
    • 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:
      • Hampton University,
      • Old Dominion University,
      • University of Virginia,
      • Virginia Tech, or
      • The College of William and Mary
    • Must be in a program of study demonstrating an interest in STEM and supporting NASA's mission
    • Must have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • The fellowship program requires students to participate in an active, identified research activity in STEM that has aerospace and NASA applications.
    • The research must be supervised by a faculty mentor and may be conducted on the home campus or at an industrial or government facility.
    • The research activity should be continuous and may be conducted anytime during the academic year, a ten week summer term, or both.


  • Underrepresented minorities, females, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.