Graduate Opportunities

The NASA Rhode Island  Space Grant Consortium offers academic year fellowships for graduate students in science, engineering, or math. These competitive research fellowships are based on academic achievement, a personal essay, a letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor, and future academic promise. The awards are offered to graduate students interested in carrying out NASA related research projects.  The NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium values diversity and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply.

Our grant requires 1:1 matching funds for all awards.  Fellowship stipends usually can be covered through a tuition match from the host institution as arranged through their advisor.  Summer Fellowships and Scholarships require other matching strategies (contact this office).

NASA Space Grant Requirements

To be eligible for a NASA Space Grant, you must:

  • Be a U. S. citizen.
  • Have a faculty mentor who will supervise your research project during the duration of the fellowship period.
  • Have a research project with strong NASA relevance.
  • Enrolled full time in, admitted to a STEM related discipline.
  • Complete appication online (along with supporting materials).

Awardees are required to:

  • Submit an abstract or poster to the Annual Rhode Island Space Grant Spring Symposium explaining your research and its results. You will be informed of the date and deadline for the abstract at a later time.
  • Acknowledge funding from the NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium on any posters and/or  publications resulting from your supported research.
  • Submit a one page summary of the funded research and explain how it will help in your future academic work or career goals.

To apply:

  • Submit an online application (click link below).
  • In addition to personal information you will need the following:
    • Your mentor’s name and email address.
    • The title or short description of your project.
    • A one page “statement of interest”. The essay should explain your interest in an area of science or engineering and its NASA relevance.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation.  One letter must be  from the faculty mentor named in the application.
  • Provide official transcripts.