Space Grant Opportunities

Whether you're in kindergarten, graduate school, or simply a lover of science, Space Grant and NASA have opportunities for you.

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Undergraduate and Graduate

NHSGC Affiliate Programs

UNH Space Grant Fellowships

2022 Summer/ Fall award deadline:
March 25, 2022

The New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium typically awards 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.

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Please check back around January, 2023 for the next award cycle!

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MSDC Internships

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. Applicants must be currently enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students majoring in a STEM field; at least three months’ experience in teaching and/or working with children is preferred. The ideal candidates will be self-starters with strong leadership and social skills, who enjoy working with children and who can positively challenge and encourage children to learn and explore. Due to federal funding for this program, applicants must be U.S. citizens.

MSDC website

Dartmouth Women in Science Program Research Internship Program

The WISP Research Internship Program matches undergraduate women with faculty mentors in paid, part-time research internships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. WISP internships provide early hands-on research experience and the opportunity for mentoring from a research scientist or faculty member.

Internships last two terms (winter and spring) and interns present their work at the Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium in May.

Important to note: You cannot participate in another Dartmouth research program in the same year as a WISP internship (e.g. Sophomore Research Scholars, First-Year Research Experiences in Engineering).

WISP website

CCSNH Scholarships

The NASA Space Grant Scholarship is available to part- or full-time students enrolled in a STEM certificate or degree program at any CCSNH college. Eligible students must be US Citizens and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. NASA values diversity and strongly encourages underrepresented and nontraditional students to apply. The fall award cycle opened on July 3, 2022.

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NASA Programs

NASA Internships

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NASA STEM Engagement 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.

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BIG Idea Challenge

Notice of Intent due: September 30, 2022

The Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is one of NASA’s premier engineering design competitions engaging universities in NASA's Mission to develop space exploration technologies for the Moon. NASA seeks proposals from universities affiliated with their state's Space Grant Consortium (or partnered with an affiliated school) to design, develop, and demonstrate technologies that will enable the production of lunar infrastructure from ISRU-derived metals found on the Moon.

Challenge Site

2023 RASC-AL Competition

Notice of Intent due October 13, 2022

The 2023 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Competition is seeking collegiate teams to develop new concepts that leverage innovation to improve our ability to operate on the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

Open to teams of undergraduate and/or graduate students studying fields with applications to human space exploration, NASA’s RASC-AL Competition is an engineering design challenge that allows students to incorporate their coursework into real aerospace design concepts and work together in a team environment. This year's competition is also seeking space-minded business, management, and space policy students to form multidisciplinary teams alongside traditional engineering majors.

RASC-AL

NASA'S Gateways to Blue Skies: Clean Aviation Energy Competition

Notice of Intent due October 17, 2022

As aircraft design and fuels change to become more environment friendly, airports, operations and overall infrastructure must also change. The Gateways to Blue Skies: Clean Aviation Energy Competition challenges teams of university-level student teams to conceptualize the source-to-flight lifecycle of a potential future clean aviation energy source, in terms of feasibility, viability, and environmental impact. By evaluating potential new energy sources and analyzing the entirety of the supply chain, teams may help determine the “clean aviation energy” source of the 2050s. 

Competition site

TechRise Student Challenge

Entries due Oct 24, 2022

NASA is calling on sixth-12th grade student teams to join the second NASA TechRise Student Challenge! Student teams attending a U.S. public, private, or charter school - including those in U.S. territories- can submit science and technology experiment ideas to fly on a NASA-sponsored high-altitude balloon flight. Sixty winning teams will be selected to receive $1,500 to build their experiment, technical support from Future Engineers, and an assigned spot for their experiment on a high-altitude balloon flight. No experience is needed.

TechRise site

National Eclipse Ballooning Program

Seeking solicitations: due Oct 28, 2022

In partnership with the NASA Space Grant network and funded by the NASA Science Mission Directorate Science Activation program, the NEBP requests proposals from higher education institution faculty and/or other adult mentors to lead a team of students through a mission involving learning and stratospheric ballooning campaigns during the October 14, 2023 annular and April 8, 2024 total solar eclipses. NEBP requests proposals to 1) ensure potential teams are thinking about and planning for necessary participation actions and 2) capture essential agreements that allow us to grant substantial equipment, supplies, and support to participating institutions.

NEBP site

NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities

Proposals due: November 2, 2022

The NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks to sponsor graduate student space technology research ideas that have significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future.

This fellowship opportunity, up to $84,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2023 academic year; up to four years of support are possible for doctoral students. In addition to providing a $40,000 annual stipend, the grant provides support for tuition, health insurance, conference attendance, and the faculty advisor. The grant also provides support for onsite tenure at NASA Centers across the country. Current and prospective doctoral and master’s students (see full eligibility requirements) may have proposals submitted on their behalf.

Fellows will collaborate with leading NASA experts in space technology to acquire a more detailed understanding of the potential end applications of their space technology efforts and directly disseminate their research results within the NASA community and beyond.

NSPIRE Solicitation

For many more opportunities, please visit NASA's STEM Engagement page

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Forms

UNH Space Grant-funded student demographic/tracking data form

To be filled out by UNH students who have received funding from NH Space Grant for fellowships, internships, and student work. Does not include funding for travel.

UNH Space Grant-funded student data form for travel funding only

To be filled out by UNH students who have received funding from NH Space Grant for travel reimbursement. For all other funding, use the previous form .

Faculty

UNH NHSGC Travel Funding Request Form

Requests for funding for student travel should be submitted by a UNH-Durham faculty advisor/mentor. A separate application is required for each student. The funds can be utilized only for reasonable and necessary travel expenses: lodging and per diem (as per GSA limits), and travel conveyance (airplane, bus, train, etc). Funding may not, however, be used for vehicle rentals. Only students who are US citizens are eligible for travel reimbursement through the NHSGC travel grant.

NASA NSPIRES

Supporting research in science and technology is an important part of NASA's overall mission. NASA solicits this research through the release of various research announcements in a wide range of science and technology disciplines. NASA uses a peer review process to evaluate and select research proposals submitted in response to these research announcements. Researchers can help NASA achieve national research objectives by submitting research proposals and conducting awarded research.

K-12/Outreach

NASA Educator Resources for NH

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center serves as New Hampshire's NASA Educator Resource.

CCSNH E-Start

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.

CCSNH Running Start

The Running Start program enables high school students to take community college courses for dual high school AND college credit. Courses offered through the Running Start program are college courses taught at high schools by teachers who have college-level teaching credentials and use a college syllabus and course materials. These courses are taken as part of the daily class schedule.

Governor's STEM/CTE Scholarship

High school students can take up to two dual credit courses per year for FREE in STEM / Career and Technical Education fields. , through a scholarship program through the State of NH. It’s easy to register and have the $150 cost per course waived.

New Hampshire Astronomical Society

New Hampshire's Solar System Ambassadors, the NH Astronomical Society, offers sky watches in partnership with several of our NHSGC affiliates.

NASA Current Opportunities for Educators 

Updated frequently, with hundreds of links to primary, secondary, and post-secondary educational content.

Computational Astronomy: A Universe of Calculations

 Offered by South Dakota Mines, an online workshop for middle and high school science and math teachers. During the workshop, the math and science teacher participants will learn about the mathematical applications used in astronomy and space exploration, with the goal of being able to use that knowledge in their classrooms. Through carefully selected materials, the workshop will emphasize the connections between mathematics and space science. Lesson plans for the middle and high school classroom will be developed for courses such as math, physical science, and biology. Course is worth one graduate credit. 

NASA Resources and Links

Citizen Science Opportunities

NASA Globe Cloud Gaze

Would you like to help NASA scientists advance their understanding of Earth’s atmosphere and climate from the comfort of your own home? Become an armchair cloud expert and help NASA scientists along the way.

Cloud Gaze

Be a Backyard Meteorologist

You can make a real contribution to science -- all you have to do is join the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network—CoCoRaHS. You will join thousands of volunteers across the country who take daily measurements of precipitation (rain, hail, or snow) from their location. 

Backyard Meteorology

GLOBE Observer

GLOBE Observer is an international network of citizen scientists and scientists working together to learn more about our shared environment and changing climate. GLOBE Observer currently accepts observations of Clouds, Mosquito Habitats, Land Cover and Trees with planned expansion to other types of data in the future.

Globe Observer

Selected media

NASA Image of the Day

A daily dose of awe-inspiring space, science, technology, and human-interest imagery, with deeper links to help you understand exactly what you're seeing.

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NASA Live

Tune in and you may see: ISS station views and spacewalks; satellite and mission launches; in-flight-education; historical features; lectures; and space news. There's always something fascinating on!

NASA Live

NASA Podcasts

From longform interviews with astronauts and engineers to narrative shows that take you on a tour of the galaxy, NASA’s diverse podcast portfolio lets you experience the thrill of space exploration without ever leaving Earth.

Podcasts