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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time graduate student at one of the five Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions: Hampton University, William and Mary, Virginia Tech, UVA, or ODU
  • Must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Must be in a program of study demonstrating an interest in Aerospace and STEM, and interested in research that supports NASA's mission.
  • Must receive $6,000 in matching funds from your home institution or other resource. Pending funds are acceptable.
  • Must have a graduation date no sooner than May 2025.
Application Type
Personal Information
First Name:
Last Name:
Alternate e-mail:
Verification of US Citizenship: I am a citizen of the United States of America
Current School Address:
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Cell Phone:
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Permanent Home Address:
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Educational Information
University: What Virginia Space Grant University will you be attending in the Fall?
Second Major:
Degree Sought:
Expected Date of Graduation:
Current GPA: (4 pt scale)
Plans to pursue PhD:
PhD Exam: Have you completed your PhD exams? If so, date completed:
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Educational History: List the universities that you have attended beginning with the institution you are currently attending. Please upload a PDF version of all transcripts. If you do not have a PDF conversion tool you can use one of these free on-line PDF converters: PDF Online - PDF Converter.

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College/University Major Degree Date Awarded GPA
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Graduate Fellowship Renewal applicants are only required to provide one letter of Reference (Faculty Advisor)
Faculty Advisor
First Name:
Last Name:
State and Zipcode:
email confirm:
Reference #2

Once you have submitted your application both of these individuals will receive an email requesting their supporting material. Your application will not be complete until this information has been received. Please inform both of these individuals that they will receive an email request from for this information on your behalf. The deadline for submission of reference letters is Friday, February 16, 2024.
Research Proposal
This program encourages talented STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) graduate majors to pursue aerospace-related fields and do research with a strong alignment with NASA's five Mission Directorates: Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate, Space Operations Mission Directorate, Science Mission Directorate, and Space Technology Mission Directorate.

Please describe how your research aligns with NASA's Mission Directorates.
(750 words or less)

Research Statement:
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The research statement, written by the student, in consultation with the advisor, should describe: the key elements of the proposed research; what he/she intends to accomplish; and, identify any NASA application of the proposed research activity. The selection committee is made up of university faculty in a variety of disciplines. Applicants should present their proposed research in a form that will be understandable to a range of readers. Research proposals must not exceed a maximum of 3 pages (not including references).

Graduate Fellowship Renewal Applicants should submit a research progress report, not a full proposal.

My faculty advisor has read and approved this research statement and has agreed to supervise me while I conduct this research.
Statement of Academic Goals / Additional Comments
(750 words or less)

Have you previously participated in any other Virginia Space Grant Consortium programs or received any Virginia Space Grant Consortium funding? 

Which VSGC progrms(s)?

Please describe the program and your experience.
(750 words or less)
Sponsored Funding
During the period of the award the recipient must receive at least $6000 in matching support from their home institution or other sources. This support is usually provided in the form of a teaching assistantship, research assistantship, or a fellowship. Please list the source of such support below. If awarded, a signature from your institution's Office of Sponsored Programs will be required to confirm this matching support.
Other Information
Students are strongly encouraged to provide the information requested below which is for reporting purposes only.
How did you hear about the VSGC Graduate Research Fellowship Program?
Gender:Male Female
American Indian or Alaska Native Asian Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander White Do not wish to report
Person With Disability:
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Vision Missing Extremities Paralysis
Other Impairments I have a disability, but it is not listed
Specify if not listed:

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.

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