NHSGC Graduate Fellowships

at the University of New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium awards typically two fellowships per semester for research-based graduate study in NASA-related disciplines at the University of New Hampshire. NASA-related disciplines cover a broad spectrum of fields, including (but not exclusively): physics, space physics, astrophysics, science education, computer science, engineering, Earth science, and life sciences which utilize space technology and/or adopt a “planetary” view of the global environment.

Fellowships are sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program, via a grant award to the NHSGC. NASA Space Grant is a cost share program (14 CFR 1260.123). All awards are contingent upon availability of NASA and cost share funding. 

Application Process for 2019/20 awards

Applications for 2019 Summer and Fall Semesters must be received by the NHSGC Directorship by April 26, 2019. For an applicant to be considered, the following application package shall be provided by the student to the Directorship.  Only fully-completed applications will be considered. 

Applicants shall provide the following:

  1. Completed application cover form.
  2. Copies of undergraduate or graduate transcripts (whichever is most recent). Transcripts may be unofficial copies. Applicants are expected to show a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  3. Project Description. The description shall contain:
    1. a clear description of the research problem, including background and relevance to previous work;  
    2. the direct relationship of the research problem to NASA priorities;
    3. the objectives of the proposed student contributions to the research;
    4. the general methodology planned to meet those objectives;
    5. the project milestones and timeline during the course of the award;
    6. expected results and their significance;
    7. a statement on the applicant’s career objectives.
    8. Format: the project description should not exceed five pages, excluding literature citations, single-spaced, 12-point font, 1” margins on all sides.
  4. A letter of recommendation from the UNH faculty advisor who will be mentoring the student's research.
  5. A statement from the UNH faculty advisor indicating source and amount of non-federal matching funds. This statement may be included within item 4. Match may be in-kind funding. Non-tenure track faculty may request a waiver on the matching fund requirement. Read about UNH cost-sharing

Semesters for which funding is desired are to be indicated on the application cover form. Although only one semester is awarded at a time, the applicant may indicate more than one semester for future consideration (applications will be valid for one year).

Submittal of all application materials is the responsibility of the student.

Complete applications shall be submitted as a PDF file to both Toni.Galvin@unh.edu and David.Heirtzler@unh.edu (please note "Fellowship Application" in the subject line)

Selection Criteria

Selection is partially based on relevance of the applicant’s interests, background, and planned graduate program to NASA’s research and education priorities and strategic goals. Selection is also based on other factors, such as increasing diversity in STEM disciplines, and the distribution of fellowships across varied STEM disciplines, departments, advisors, and degree programs. Selection is contingent upon fulfillment of the admission requirements of the relevant academic degree program and agreement by the student to participate in a national database and NASA-required longitudinal tracking.

Fellows may be asked to participate in aspects of the Space Grant Program involving the promotion of science and mathematics education among undergraduates and pre-college students. 

Awardees shall submit a short report at the end of the award semester as to the status of their research under this fellowship program.

These Fellowships are sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NASA Space Grant is a cost share program (14 CFR 1260.123).