Graduate Application Information


If you wish to be notified when the application for the 2023-24 fellowships become available, please submit a 2023-24 Space Grant Application Notification form


ASU/NASA Space Grant funds at least one graduate fellowship for an academic year or two semester fellowships for a proposed public outreach or informal education project. The proposed project should focus on promoting science literacy, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This can be accomplished through educational outreach, knowledge transfer, technology transfer, science for society, and/or the promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Successful candidates will identify an "educational outreach advisor" from the organization or institution (i.e., a school, museum, park/forest, or an existing educational program) they have proposed to work with. It is recommended but not a requirement that the project benefit those traditionally underrepresented. The formal or informal education proposal can be closely related with an area of research, but research is not the primary focus of the fellowship.

Fellowship Award

Since fellowships are very limited, projects are usually awarded for one semester. However, applications should include plans for how the project could be sustained past the time of the award. Awards include stipend, resident and non-resident tuition, and health insurance for the time of the fellowship award. Masters and Ph.D. Space Grant Fellows receive the same amount of funds for stipends. Funding remains the same throughout the fellowship award period.


-          All applicants must be U.S. citizens.

-          All applicants must be full-time graduate students at Arizona State University.


Multiple Awards

Although students are encouraged to apply for various types of assistantships, Space Grant fellowships count for 0.5 FTE.

Scholarship Project Information

In keeping with National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program goals, Space Grant Graduate Fellows will propose a high-impact project on some form of formal or informal education based on, or related to, their principal research and creative activities. An important goal of the Space Grant fellowships is to promote science literacy to the public through education activities or the production of education materials.

At the end of your fellowship, you'll be asked to submit a report and give a presentation, detailing your project results and significance. NASA's goals for Informal Education can be found on the SMART and Performance Criteria document.

Other examples include working with educators (from primary/secondary schools, boys/girls clubs, science museums, parks/forests, etc.) by:

-          Developing curricular and/or informal education materials designed to communicate science to a specific audience (all precollege-related program materials should align with Arizona and/or National Math, Science, Geography or Technology Standards)

-          Developing a web application with science education and/or knowledge transfer

-          Developing skills in science writing and journalism

-          Developing a demonstration project and associated educational materials for an existing educational program

-          Developing a program that encourages those traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to learn more about these disciplines and/or pursue associate careers

-          Designing and carrying-out some other creative science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics outreach project

-          Developing new college-level courses and curriculum supporting STEM education


NASA's Science Mission Directorates (SMDs)

Research projects must align with one of NASA’s Science Mission Directorates (SMD). This is not difficult since a large number of projects automatically fit into one of four categories:

  • Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)
  • Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)
  • Science Mission Directorate (SMD)
  • Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD)

When applying, you will need to indicate which SMD your project most closely aligns. The list of SMDs is not exhaustive therefore if you have questions regarding where your project fits or you have not yet secured a project, select the “Help” option and if your application is selected, we will contact you to assist.

Visit this page for a list of NASA’s Science Mission Directorates and their descriptions.

Before starting an application, please review Graduate Scholarship Project Guidelines and SMART and Performance Criteria then submit an application with a project description and Letters of Support to NASA Space Grant.