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Student Fellowship/Scholarship Stipend Program

Fellowships and Scholarships to South Dakota
Students for STEM Research and Hands-On Internships

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NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC)

Deadline Date:

01/14/19 11:59 PM MST Receipt


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Fellowships and scholarships to South Dakota undergraduate and graduate students to take part in STEM research and educational opportunities that relate to aerospace sciences and space exploration. Emphasis is placed on female students and other underrepresented groups. Students seeking hands-on tangible learning opportunities are encouraged to apply.

Goal of SD Space Grant Consortium Fellowship/Scholarship Program: To administer a fellowship/scholarship program that offers educational and research opportunities to students from diverse backgrounds who are pursuing degrees in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) that align with NASA’s mission and those of SDSGC members and affiliates.

Objectives of the program include encouraging under-represented students such as Native Americans and women in STEM-related educational and research fields. The program offers hands-on, tangible research experiences to student fellowship awardees at NASA Centers, EROS, and industry which will develop skills that contribute to the future workforce. All students who receive significant fellowship or scholarship assistance from SD Space Grant will be longitudinally tracked through first employment or beginning of advanced degrees.

Program Summary:

The South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC) fellowship/scholarship stipend program invites applications from U.S. citizens for undergraduate and graduate student stipends for internship, research, and/or educational pursuits in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Research projects and internships must align with NASA’s mission and those of the SDSGC and its affiliates. All 2019/2020 awards are contingent upon U.S. Congressional approval of the 2019 federal budget and the availability and receipt of FY2019 Space Grant funding from NASA.

-NASA Center Internship stipends that are fully-funded by Space Grant are available to support 10-week Summer internships, and to support 16-week Fall/Spring semester internships at NASA Centers. In other words, NASA Center Internships may be: A) fully-funded by Space Grant, B) cooperatively-funded by Space Grant and NASA, or C) fully-funded by NASA. Specifics are determined individually after a student applies and is selected for a NASA internship offer. Case specific internship stipends may also be provided to students selected for aerospace industry internships.

Important Caveat – There is a chance that SD Space Grant funds for the FY2019 program year may not arrive from NASA in time to fund Summer 2019 internships prior to departure. Students should not turn down other summer internship or job offers until confirming whether Space Grant funding can be provided prior to departing for their internship. Awards cannot be issued until funds from NASA are received.

-Research stipends will support undergraduate and graduate STEM research that aligns with NASA interests during the academic year and/or summer. Research stipend awardees are expected to produce a publication or presentation at a professional conference (i.e., poster and/or talk).

-Educational stipends are available to freshmen and sophomores and above will support STEM related education during the regular school year.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178575

Estimated Size of Grant:

NASA Center Internship stipends that are fully-funded by Space Grant are provided in the standardized amounts of $7,300 (undergraduate students) and $9,000 (graduate students) to support 10- week Summer internships, and $11,680 (undergraduate) and $14,400 (graduate) to support 16-week Fall/Spring semester internships at NASA Centers, including an additional $1,500 travel allowance.

Research stipends are provided at amounts up to $5,000.

Educational stipends are in the amount of $1,000 for freshmen and up to $2,500 for sophomores.

Term of Contract:

A NASA Center Internship may take place during the Summer 2019 term, or the Fall/Spring semester of the 2019/2020 academic year.

Research stipends will support research during Summer 2019 or the 2019/2020 academic year.

Educational stipends will support education during the 2019/2020 academic year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be citizens of the United States. Stipends under this solicitation are available only to undergraduate and graduate students attending South Dakota institutions of higher education during the award period.

Women students and students from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

The purpose of both undergraduate and graduate fellowship/scholarship stipends is to reward past accomplishments and recognize potential future achievements. The stipends are made to individuals and are not to be considered compensation for employment.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates
-Application Receipt Deadline: January 14, 2019, 11:59 p.m. MST.
-Award Notification: anticipated to be announced by March 15, 2019, but again, please note that all awards are contingent upon SDSGC’s receipt of FY2019 Space Grant funding from NASA.
-Application forms must be completed online.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Questions should be addressed to:
Thomas V. Durkin, Deputy Director
P: 605-394-1975
F: 605-394-3366

SD Space Grant Consortium
501 E. St. Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Dakota