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 in Durham, NH. 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 cooperative agreement to UNH. 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 2021 awards

Applications for Summer and Fall 2021 must have been  received by the NHSGC Directorship by April 1, 2021. 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. Transcripts may be unofficial copies, but must reflect the most recent applicable semester. 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, its goals and methodology (planned for the award period), including background and relevance to previous work;  
    2. the direct relationship of the research problem to NASA priorities
    3. Format: the project description should not exceed three pages, excluding literature citations, single-spaced, 12-point font, 1” margins on all sides.
  4. A signed letter of recommendation from the UNH faculty advisor who will be mentoring the student's research. The advisor should include any special research circumstances during the current campus shutdown situation, including any enhanced financial need for student support, and is encouraged to include any additional relevant information about the student, such as outreach efforts, proposals, publications, mentoring, and related experience. Because of the current limited campus access, the advisor must indicate that remote mentoring of the student will be available if warranted by circumstances. Advisor letter should include graduate student stipend level (1, 2, or 3).
  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.

This current call is limited to applications for the Summer and Fall 2021 sessions.

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).

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