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PSGC Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Applications and two letters of recommendation are due on Friday, March 1, 2024.

NOTE: Direct funding from the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium is restricted to U.S. Citizens. Applicant must be admitted to the graduate school at Penn State and enrolled as a full-time student. PSGC will award one-year fellowships in the amount of $5,000 per academic year to students who are engaged in graduate study related to the needs of NASA Mission Directorates that will lead to a masters or doctoral degree in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. All eligible graduate students are invited to apply, with award emphasis on, but not limited to, the following colleges: Agricultural Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Eberly College of Science, Education, Engineering, Health and Human Development, Information Sciences and Technology, and the Liberal Arts.

A primary objective of NASA's Space Grant Program is to recruit, train, and employ U.S. citizens, especially women, underrepresented minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities, in NASA-related careers.

Personal Information
First Name:
Last Name:
Penn State E-mail:abc123@psu.edu
Alternate E-mail:
Cell Phone:
9 digit Penn State Student ID #:
Local Address:
Permanent Address:

How did you hear about the PSGC Graduate Research Fellowship Program?
Demographic Information
NASA's Office of STEM Engagement requires the PSGC to collect and submit student data, including but not limited to name, date of birth, gender, ethnicity, address, and field of study. Applicants are requested to provide the information below for that purpose.
Race (select all that apply):
Person With Disability:
Educational Information
Minor (if applicable):
Degree Sought:
Expected Date of Graduation:
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Transcripts: Please upload a PDF version of your transcripts from universities or colleges where you received a degree. Submitted transcripts may be unofficial. Renewal applicants are only required to submit transcripts from their current institution. If you do not have a PDF conversion tool you can use one of these free on-line PDF converters: PDF Online - PDF Converter.

To ensure that your PDF files may be properly included in your application, please ensure that they are not protected via encryption, a password, a signed certificate, or in any other manner.
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Research Supervisor
Office Address:
State and Zip Code:
Email confirm:
Reference #2

After your application is submitted, both of these individuals will receive an email request from notices@spacegrant.net for this information on your behalf. Reference letters are due by Monday, March 4, 2024.
Program Specific Questions
Research Project/Statement
Describe your academic and career goals. (400+ word target, 500 word limit)

NASA Relevance
How does your research contribute to NASA's missions and work in exploration and discovery? (400+ word target, 500 word limit)

NASA Awards
Have you previously received any other NASA support or funding, including prior PSGC fellowship? If so, please list the program and your experience. Yes    No
(175+ word target, 250 word limit)

Personal Challenges
Briefly describe a significant challenge that you have overcome during the pursuit of your educational goals. (175+ word target, 250 word limit)

Educational Outreach
Briefly describe any past outreach or mentoring activities that you have undertaken, especially those that are STEM-related. (175+ word target, 250 word limit)

Optional: Additional Comments
Is there anything else that you would like the committee to consider when evaluating your application? (175+ word target, 250 word limit)

Verification of US Citizenship: I am a citizen of the United States of America
Certification: I certify that all of the information contained in this application is complete and correct and that I meet all of the eligibility requirements stated in this application.
Longitudinal Tracking: I agree to participate in the NASA Longitudinal Tracking program that is designed to survey student progress from award through employment outcomes.
Please Note: This is a sample application for viewing purposes only. This application cycle is currently closed.

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