NASA Education Fellowship Activity, 2018

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA), titled the NASA Fellowship Activity, solicits proposal applications for the academic year 2018 – 2019. NASA may elect to support some of the proposals submitted under this NRA through the use of internal NASA funding sources such as Minority University Research Education Projects (MUREP); and the following NASA Mission Directorates: Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Operations, Science; and NASA Centers.

Our nation’s and its citizens' future prosperity depend on how well we educate today’s students. The needs of our nation’s future workforce demand that we have workers with advanced thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving skills. The development of a skilled workforce is essential to the future economic success of the nation and is a priority mission for the NASA Office of Education; to advance high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education by supporting institutions and learners financially and by providing access to NASA-unique assets. Through this solicitation, NASA is strengthening involvement with higher education institutions to ensure that NASA can meet future workforce needs in STEM fields. Participation in NASA projects and research stimulates increasing numbers of students to continue their studies at all levels of the higher education continuum and to earn advanced degrees in these critical fields. 

The NASA Fellowship Activity opportunity is conducted in conjunction with the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) and the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD). All NASA investments in postdoctoral fellows are excluded from this announcement. 

The NASA Fellowship Activity seeks to leverage NASA’s unique mission activities to enhance and increase the capabilities, diversity, and size of the nation’s next generation workforce needed to enable future NASA discoveries. This announcement requests research individually conceived proposals from interested applicants to support the Fellowships component of Education. 

The NASA Fellowship Activity provides funding for fellowship candidates to perform graduate research at their respective campuses during the academic year under the guidance of their Faculty Adviser, who will serve as the Principal Investigator (PI) on the award. In addition to his or her Faculty Adviser, each selected fellow will be paired with a NASA Researcher (based on the proposal or the suggestion of a NASA supporting researcher), who will serve as the fellow’s NASA Technical Adviser. Graduate research requires an educational collaboration between the fellow’s faculty members and a NASA Technical Adviser. 

The fellowship candidate independently develops the research proposal in response to the NASA Graduate Research Opportunity solicited in the NRA. The fellowship candidate develops the proposal in collaboration with the Faculty Adviser and the NASA Technical Adviser to ensure relevance, institutional capability, and NASA capacity. The PI submits the proposal on behalf of the fellowship candidate. The fellowship candidate’s Faculty Adviser serves as the candidate’s PI if a NASA Training Grant is awarded. 

Deadline: Mar.20, 2018

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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to receive a NASA Fellowship, the candidate shall meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or naturalized citizen (permanent residents are not eligible) at the time of proposal submission;
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field earned before August 31, 2018;
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale;
  • Be enrolled in a full-time Master's or Doctoral degree program no later than September 1, 2018;
  • Intend to pursue a research-based Master's or Doctoral program in a NASA STEM- relevant field (see Appendix B);
  • Have a projected degree plan for continuous full-time enrollment equal to or greater than May 2021;
  • Have not completed credits exceeding what is listed in the Academic Eligibility Requirements chart.



Amount Description

The NASA Fellowship Activity will be awarded as a non-portable training grant to accredited U.S. universities on behalf of fellows selected under this NRA. For each Fellow, the University receives up to a $55,000 annual award, with the following annual maximums per budget category:

  • Fellowship Stipend: $25,000 (Master’s) / $30,000 (Doctoral)
  • Tuition Offset and Fees: $10,000
  • CBRE Allowance: $8,000
  • Health Insurance Allowance: $1,000
  • Faculty Adviser Allowance: $4,500
  • Fellow Professional Development Allowance: $1,500

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

March 20, 2018