Student/Faculty Opportunities

Only U.S. Citizens are eligible for Space Grant funding.

BIG Idea Challenge proposals due January 16, 2020

This year's BIG Idea Challenge is seeking robust proposals from universities affiliated with their state's Space Grant Consortium (or partnered with an affiliated school) for sample lunar payloads which can demonstrate technology systems needed for exploration and science in the Permanently Shadowed Regions in and near the Moon's polar regions.

The deadline to submit a proposal for NASA's Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern.

The Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an initiative supporting NASA’s Game Changing Development Program (GCD) efforts to rapidly mature innovative/high impact capabilities and technologies for infusion in a broad array of future NASA missions. The BIG Idea Challenge also offers real world experience for university students in the development of the systems needed to support NASA’s exploration goals. For this reason, the Space Grant Consortium is supporting this year’s challenge. In FY20, Space Grant is leveraging funds to help develop the next line of a STEM-trained workforce with skills and experience aligned directly with STMD technology focus areas and capability needs. More on the BIG Idea Challenge website

Deadline to submit proposal and video online: January 16, 2020 [More about this deadline]

BAE Summer STEM Scholars at Techleaders

Registration for Tech Camp at the University of New Hampshire, a set of day and residential summer programs for students entering grades six through 12 designed to increase STEM literacy, is expected to open Feb 17, 2020, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

The BAE Summer STEM Scholars is a limited enrollment program within the Techleaders program at UNH Tech Camp.  11th and 12th grade youth work alongside BAE engineers to build an autonomous remote control vehicle.  BAE Systems generously provides scholarships for a limited number of financially eligible applicants who complete the Tech Camp scholarship application.

  • Discuss STEM career paths with professionals and UNH engineering students
  • Two residential weeks at the UNH Durham campus
  • Explore the world of science and engineering side-by-side with BAE engineers on an in-depth project
  • Learn college skills: Application essays, resumes, interviewing,and public speaking

Both day and residential programs are available. For more information, visit:

UNH Space Grant Fellowships

Application Deadline and instructions

The New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium awards typically two or more fellowships each semester for graduate studies leading to a research-based Masters or Doctoral degree in a NASA-related discipline at UNH. NASA-related disciplines cover a broad spectrum of fields, including: physics, space physics; astrophysics; science education; computer science; engineering; geosciences; natural resources; materials research; mathematical sciences; Earth sciences; and life sciences which utilize space technology and/or adopt a "planetary" view of the global environment.

Awards are usually awarded on a one or (occasionally) two semester basis, and provide stipend and tuition support for Masters or Ph.D. students enrolled full time at UNH.

Read more about past NH Space Grant Fellows

CCSNH eStart

NH High School Juniors and Seniors can take online courses for high school and college credit through the Community College System of NH's eStart program. And they offer scholarships!

Space Grant Undergraduate Internships

MSDC Seeks NH Space Grant Interns

Each year the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center seeks undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM fields) to work as interns on STEM-based curricula and to serve as lead teachers in summer day camps.

NASA One-Stop-Shopping Initiative

OSSI is a NASA-wide system for recruitment, application, selection and career development of undergraduate and graduate students primarily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Opportunities for students in other disciplines are available.

Space Grant Social Media Links

A full and frequently updated list of projects and opportunities is available from the National Space Grant website.

NASA Current Opportunities for Students

Includes links to internships, fellowships, and scholarships; lectures and webcasts; competitions; workshops; primary school contests and activities; pre-service educators; and other opportunities