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High Altitude Ballooning Faculty Fellowships

Fellowships to Montana IHE Faculty Members to
Mentor Students in High-Altitude Ballooning

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC)

Deadline Date:

10/12/17 5:00 PM


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Fellowships providing stipends of $7,500 to Montana faculty and other professionals affiliated with qualifying higher education institutions to mentor students in the field of high-altitude ballooning. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis on anticipated broad and student impact, feasibility, and sustainability of ballooning at the home institution.

MSGC invites faculty members from member campus other than MSU-Bozeman and UM-Missoula to propose for a fellowship to mentor students in high-altitude ballooning. Currently, the MSGC BOREALIS program is growing beyond MSU and UM to several other campuses.

To support this growth, MSGC offers funding to faculty members for summer or academic year work. The lead Flight Directors at MSU and UM will be available for guidance for the selected faculty fellows. The ballooning activity can be either radiosonde flights or traditional larger balloon flights carrying student-designed payloads. In every case, flights must follow FAA regulations and be considered exempt under FAA Part 101.

In addition to the fellowship funding, selected faculty will have the financial support for up to five radiosonde flights or two traditional flights.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182222

Estimated Size of Grant:

MSGC will award $7,500 stipends.

Term of Contract:

Stipends will be used between November 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018. The funding can be used in the summer or be spread out (if cleared by your campus HR) into the academic year. Timing of faculty availability and student availability should be carefully thought out.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

MSGC invites faculty members or appropriate professionals from member campus other than MSU-Bozeman and UM-Missoula.

View a list of MSGC member campuses here:

Pre-Application Information:

Fellowships must be matched 1:1 with institution time and effort.

The proposal submission deadline is 5:00 PM, Thursday, October 12, 2017.

Notification of selection results is expected by October 31, 2017.

Contact Information:

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

Submit electronically as a single PDF file via the uplink at:

Use password “MSGC-MNE-2018.”

For questions, contact:

Chris Harmon, Program Coordinator
(406) 994-4223

Angela Des Jardins, Director
(406) 994-4223

Physical Office Location:
416 Cobleigh Hall
Montana State University

Office Mailing Address:
PO Box 173835
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana