Scholarships for Space Studies

Ah, your Lunar Librarian can well recall his student years, hitting the books and starving more often than not in the pursuit of knowledge. Ramen noodles, rice & beans, ravioli. I seemed to have a very R-rich diet.

So that you won’t have to suffer as I did in my space studies, I’ve gathered together a number of different scholarship and competition opportunities for all different fields.

There’s a lot of money out there for space studies, and one thing you should realize from the following list is that you need to be creative in seeking out funding and learning opportunities. The real question is how much scholarship fundage can be brought into the space field through creative application. That’s for y’all to find out.

And treat yourself to a nice dinner at least once per semester.

Nininger Meteorite Award

The 2009 application deadline is November 13, 2009.

Recognizes outstanding student achievement in the meteoritical sciences as embodied by an original research paper. Papers must cover original research conducted by the student and must have been written, submitted or published between November 15, 2008 and November 13, 2009. Applicants must be the first, but not sole, author of the paper and must be studying at an educational institution in the United States. The Nininger Award recipient receives $1000 and an engraved plaque commemorating the honor.


Amelia Earhart Fellowship Program

All applications for 2010 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, recommendations, transcripts, and letter of current standing must be received or post-marked by 15 November 2009.

Women of any nationality pursuing a PhD/doctoral degree who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-related sciences and aerospace-related engineering are eligible. Please note that post-doctoral research programs are not eligible for this Fellowship.
The Fellowship of US $10,000 may be used at any university or college offering accredited graduate courses and degrees.


Conrad Foundation
Spirit of Innovation Awards

Team Nutrition Bar Submissions Due: November 20, 2009

Space Nutrition
Design and formulate a nutrition bar for use in space flight.

Finalists – top teams invited to participate in the final competition (selected January 8, 2010)

* $1000 travel stipend for Mattson Inc. manufacturing program.
* $1000 Matching Grant for Innovation Summit program.

Pete Conrad Scholars – winning teams chosen from finalists (selected April 12, 2010)

* 10,000 of the team’s Nutrition Bars
* Recognition medallions
* Promotional media opportunities
* Consideration for selection into the Conrad Portal to support the commercialization of their product.
* Sigma Xi Associate membership.


8C Business Plan Competition 2010

Coming November 2009 – The 8th Continent Project will be accepting entries from around the globe for its 2010 Business Plan Competition for university students.

$50,000 in prizes will be awarded including cash and in-kind services, and an unforgettable ride on the Zero Gravity Corporation aircraft. Final Rounds will be held April 9-10, 2010, on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

The 8C Business Plan Competition (formerly Lunar Ventures) challenges students in business, engineering and science to collaborate in creating business plans that employ space-derived technology in products and services with immediate commercial application here on Earth.


2010 CanSat Competition

Application forms due November 30, 2009.

The mission is to launch an autonomous cansat carrying one large hen’s egg intact for the
entire duration from launch to landing. The descent control system must not use a parachute,
para-foil, or any similar device. During the flight and descent, data shall be transmitted once
every five seconds to a relay balloon station. The cansat must land without damaging the egg.

Launch Location for 2010 is Amarillo, Texas June 11 – 13


Society of Women Engineers

Scholarship information for the 2010-2011 school year will be available starting in December for undergradate/graduate students, and February for incoming freshman.

The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science.


Geological Society of America

Deadline of December 10, 2009

Each year the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America (GSA) gives the Stephen E. Dwornik Planetary Student Paper Awards for the best student research presentations, one for an oral presentation and one for a poster presentation. The purpose of these awards is to provide encouragement, motivation, and recognition to outstanding future planetary scientists who are U.S. citizens. Winners will be introduced and awarded a plaque and a cash prize of $500.00 at the following years’ LPSC.

To apply for the award, students MUST complete the student award application form and MUST send the original application, with an original signature by their advisor, to LPI on or before the deadline of December 10, 2009.


Scholarship Program

The 2010 scholarship applications are due December 11, 2009.

The scholarship program is managed by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Foundation. Full Scholarships cover tuition, room & board for any weeklong, age-appropriate camp and are good for one year. Transportation and incidentals are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient.

Applicants may apply in one of four categories – Financial Need/Disadvantaged, Special Needs, Academic Achievement, or General. Each applicant must answer an essay question, design a mission patch, describe a science project using the scientific method, and provide three letters of recommendation.


Moon Tasks

Notice of Intent is requested as soon as possible, or no later than December 15, 2009

The NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate and the Exploration Technology Development Program encourage college students to design tools and instruments needed for future human and robotic exploration of the moon. Student projects will tackle real problems required for successful lunar missions.
All awards are subject to available funds. We expect to award prizes in the form of travel stipends to the NASA lunar rover analog testing in the fall of 2010.


Conrad Foundation
Spirit of Innovation Awards

Team Product Submissions Due: December 15, 2009

Aerospace Exploration Category
The Aerospace Exploration category encompasses a wide variety of topics ranging from vehicles to spacesuits to planetary exploration to satellites, and many other related subjects including space medicine.

* $1000 matching grant (pending matching funds raised by the team)
* Recognition certificates
* Promotional media opportunities
* Invitation to the Innovation Summit and final awards competition
* $5000 Next Step grant.
* Access to online fundraising tools
* Recognition medallions
* Promotional media opportunities
* Conrad Portal selection consideration.
* AIAA student membership.
* Sigma Xi Associate membership.
$5,000 National Space Biomedical Research Institute Prize for Innovation in Space Exploration Health Care will be awarded to one team for the best aerospace-related human health product.

Each of the winning student-up to 30- will receive a 1 year student membership to AIAA.


IAU/Peter & Patricia Gruber Foundation
Gruber Cosmology Prize

Nominations for the Gruber Cosmology Prize 2010 will close on 15 December 2009

The Cosmology Prize honors a leading cosmologist, astronomer, astrophysicist or scientific philosopher for theoretical, analytical, conceptual or observational discoveries leading to fundamental advances in our understanding of the Universe.

The Cosmology Prize of the Gruber Foundation is awarded annually to one or more scientists of any nationality working in the fields of astronomy, physics, mathematics, and philosophy of science, for scientific advances in our understanding of the Universe and how we perceive it.

The Cosmology Prize consists of a gold medal and a cash prize of, as of 2008, US$ 500,000.


NASA Great Moonbuggy Race


Students are required to design a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems that are similar to problems faced by the original Moonbuggy team.

Each Moonbuggy will be human powered and carry two students, one female and one male, over a half-mile simulated lunar terrain course including “craters”, rocks, “lava” ridges, inclines and “lunar” soil.


National Society of Black Physicists

Applications are due by January 8, 2010

The organization seeks to develop and support efforts to increase opportunities for African Americans in physics and to increase their numbers and visibility of their scientific work. It also seeks to develop activities and programs that highlight and enhance the benefits of the scientific contributions that African American physicists provide for the international community. The society seeks to raise the general knowledge and appreciation of physics in the African American community.


EntryPoint 2010

Deadline for NASA applications is January 15, 2010

ENTRY POINT! is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offering outstanding internship opportunities for students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business.

ACCESS (Achieving Competence in Computing, Engineering, and Space Science) is a summer internship program for students with disabilities sponsored by AAAS and NASA.


NASA Academy

Application Deadline: January 18, 2010

The NASA Academies are an immersive summer programs for highly motivated and successful undergraduate and graduate students. These summer NASA internships are intensive. Their purpose is to bring together the likely future leaders in space activity and train them in research, leadership, team building and networking. The program’s structure is set so that the work day is spent on an individual research project specifically working with a NASA Principle Investigator, the evenings are filled with work on the group project and weekends are devoted to traveling to different NASA centers, research institutes, and commercial space-related businesses so that the students learn at an early stage how NASA operates from the inside-out.


Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program

Deadline for Application: January 22, 2010

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is hosting a special summer intern program to evaluate possible landing sites for robotic and human exploration missions. Four to six interns will work with LPI science staff and other collaborators to evaluate the best landing sites to address each of the NRC’s science priorities. This will be a unique team activity that should foster extensive discussions among students and senior science team members. This Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program will operate parallel with LPI’s regular summer intern program.

This program is open to graduate students in geology, planetary science, and related programs. It is also open to undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit so that they, too, can participate in lunar exploration activities.

The 10-week program runs from June 1, 2010 through August 9, 2010. Selected interns will receive $5,000.00 and a $1000.00 travel expense reimbursement.


Lunar and Planetary Institute
Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science

Deadline for Application: Friday, January 22, 2010

The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences. As a Summer Intern, you will work one-on-one with a scientist at the LPI or at the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science. Furthermore, you will participate in peer-reviewed research, learn from top-notch planetary scientists, and preview various careers in science.

The 10-week program runs from June 7, 2010–August 13, 2010. You will receive a $5,000.00 stipend plus $1000.00 U.S. travel stipend, or $1,500 foreign travel reimbursement for foreign interns.


The National Society of Black Engineers

Applications Due January 22, 2010

NSBE’s mission is ” to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. ”

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) with more than 30,000 members, is one of the largest student-managed organization in the country. NSBE is comprised of more than 233 chapters on college and university campuses, 65 Alumni Extension chapters nationwide and 89 Pre-College chapters.

Research Paper Competition

The deadline is midnight EST January 25, 2010.

Join NASA’s mission to bring us to the moon, Mars and beyond by submitting a research paper on one of the four ESMD topics listed below. Your research may be used as the solution to current NASA challenges.

1. Spacecraft Landing and Recovery Architecture: Historical Approaches and Ideas for the Future
2. Synergistic degradation effects of materials exposed to radiation, micrometeors, thermal sinks and lunar dust
3. Loading of Cryogenic Propellant in Space Launch Vehicle
4. Determination of the Optimum Internal Cockpit Layout

Four 1st place prizes of $3500 cash scholarships–one for each research topic and VIP seating to an upcoming launch



Deadline for applications: 31 January 2010

The AIAA Foundation’s undergraduate scholarship program offers 30 scholarships of $2000 – $2500 to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors each year. All recipients can apply to renew their scholarship annually until they graduate. And through the annual graduate scholarship program, the AIAA Foundation presents ten graduate awards worth $5000 each and four graduate awards of $10,000 each.


NSBRI Summer Internship Program

Application deadline for the 2010 summer program is January 31, 2010.

NSBRI has a summer program that provides the opportunity for undergraduate, graduate or medical students to join ongoing projects in laboratories at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, and the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Applicants must have completed their second year of undergraduate studies by the start of the internship. The program is open to U.S. citizens. Interns receive an hourly wage, but the program does not cover housing or travel.


ISU Space Studies Program

SSP10 applicants who are requesting financial aid must apply before the deadline of 31 January 2010.

SSP 2010 lands in Strasbourg, France – 28 June to 27 August 2010

The SSP’s interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes international cooperation and provides students with varied perspectives on the world’s space activities—perspectives normally reserved for those with years of diverse professional experience. The program includes a wide variety of activities, including lectures by renowned experts, hands-on activities and projects, team work exercises and professional visits, and each year it evolves to better meet the needs of its students and their employers.


American Astronautical Society

The American Astronautical Society (AAS) is pleased to offer the $10,000 Lady Mamie Ngan Memorial Scholarship for students to attend the International Space University’s 2010 Space Studies Program in Strasbourg, France and Stuttgart, Germany, or the 2010-2011 Masters of Science (Space Studies or Space Management) programs conducted at the ISU Central Campus in Strasbourg.
Scholarship available for any progam (SSP, MSM, MSS)


National Space Society ISU Scholarship

For the 2010 scholarship, we are excited to support the Space Studies Program (SSP) to be hosted at the ISU University in Strasbourg France next summer (26 June – 28 August 2010.).

The 2010 scholarship will be available only for those applying to the Space Studies Program. The scholarship is worth up to $12,000, and may be allocated by the scholarship committee to meet the needs of one or more worthy students.

Applications for the 2010 scholarship will be coming soon.


Society of Manufacturing Engineers

SME Education Foundation online scholarship applications must be submitted by February 1, 2010.
Since 1998, the SME Foundation has provided over $3.5 million dollars in financial aid through its various scholarship programs. The Foundation awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors, current undergraduates and masters or doctoral degree students pursuing degrees in manufacturing and related fields at two-year and four-year colleges.


Mars Society
University Rover Challenge

Indication of Participation Deadline: February 1, 2010

The Mars Society’s University Rover Challenge (URC) is a competition for college students to design and build the next generation of Mars rovers that will work alongside astronauts in the field. Teams square off every June at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) near Hanksville, Utah.



Deadline for Abstract submission: February 5, 2010

NASA’s goal for a lunar outpost is to gain experience that will reduce risk for future human missions to Mars and establish core infrastructure from which economic development and permanent settlement could occur.
* Utilizing lunar, space, and other planetary resources for infrastructure development, power, and consumables to minimize the logistics supply chain needed from Earth
* Converting lunar oxygen, hydrogen, and water ice into propellants and transfer to a propellant depot in lunar orbit or at a libration point
* Lunar transportation system(s) for routine access to the settlement and for exploration of remote regions for discovery of new resources.
* Durable lunar settlement designs and settlement layouts, including all required utilities and infrastructure
* Dramatically improved Earth-to-orbit and in-space transportation systems that can significantly reduce cost and improve safety.
* A business plan on how to develop a self-sufficient lunar economy with unique utilization of lunar resources

NASA is interested in eventual human mission to the Martian surface. Current Mars design reference architectures that use chemical or nuclear thermal propulsion require several years to complete, a large number of heavy lift launches and over 500 days on the surface the first time humans visit the planet. Approaches that lead to sustainable human Mars exploration leading up to the establishment of an outpost are encouraged.

An important element of NASA’s exploration program is engaging the general public in human exploration missions. To capture the attention of a large cross section of the general population, NASA must use a variety of innovative and diverse approaches. The approach should yield a cultural shift in and outside of NASA that results in awareness and excitement about what NASA is doing at the moment, not what it did in the past.

NASA is interested in architecture approaches that provide cost-effective Earth neighborhood exploration with minimal infrastructure. Assuming that commonality with currently planned Constellation architecture elements is not required, what low-cost options are available to accomplish such a mission?

Teams presenting at the 2010 RASC-AL Forum June 7-9th will receive $5,875.00 for travel expenses and registration fees.


Rice University
Business Plan Competition

Intent to Compete: Friday, February 5, 2010

The Rice University Business Plan Competition (RBPC) has become the premier intercollegiate business plan competition in the world. The three-day event is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture capital firms. The Competition is hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

Forty-two teams from top MBA programs will be selected to compete at Rice University, in Houston Texas, for more than $800,000 in prizes; including an investment opportunity of $125,000 for the grand prize winner


Lunabotics Mining Competition

Competition registration deadline: February 28, 2010

The purpose of the Lunabotics Mining Competition is to engage and retain students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, in a competitive environment that may result in innovative ideas and solutions, which could be applied to actual lunar excavation for NASA.

Undergraduate and graduate student teams enrolled in a U.S. college or university are eligible to enter the inaugural Lunabotics Mining Competition.

1st place: $5,000 and VIP Kennedy launch tickets.


Space Medicine Association

Application Deadline: Postmarked by March 1, 2010.

The Space Medicine Association of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) is pleased to announce an opportunity to apply for a scholarship award for 2010. The purpose of the SMA Scholarship is to encourage students, who have demonstrated academic achievement and shown an interest in Space Biology and Space Medical Operations to further pursue a career in Space Medicine.
A scholarship of $500 will be awarded.
Scholarship sponsored by Dr. Jeffrey R. Davis.


Society of Exploration Geophysicists Foundation
Scholarship Program

Applications and supporting documents must be received by 1 March.;jsessionid=wvyLKzKBpRvl2TSZwWWBB2gcfTSPkb367Wv57NS2FlKVRgRvGvpR!1252845693?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pg_gen_content&Doc_Url=prod/SEG-Foundation/Foundation-Scholarship-Program/scholarship.htm

In 1956 the Society of Exploration Geophysicists began a program of encouraging the establishment of scholarship funds by companies and individuals engaged or interested in the field of geophysics. SEG saw the need for a more appropriate organization and caused the SEG Foundation to be organized.

The awards to recipients range from US$500 to US$14,000 per academic year, with average awards being approximately US$2,700 per academic year.


American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Applications for each academic year are accepted online each year only from February 1 through March 15, when our online application is closed.

Over $100,000 in academic scholarships are awarded annually to ASME Student Members worldwide. You must be a current undergraduate ASME Student Member


AIAA Undergraduate Team Space Design Competition
L2 Space Weather Monitoring Constellation

Letter of Intent — 19 March 2010

Future observatories such as NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and the ESA/NASA Hershel/Planck telescopes, are being placed away from Earth orbit, into heliocentric orbits at locations such as the second Lagrange point of the Sun-Earth system, L2 (see Figure 1). The advantages of L2 include a stable thermal environment, and low light pollution from Moon, Earth, or the Sun. However, these spacecraft must be placed into orbits around L2, since it is a quasi-stable gravitational point. Significant propulsion is needed to arrive at L2 and perform an orbit insertion maneuver. While a family of Lissajous orbits exists around L2, most observatories are scheduled to enter a long baseline halo orbit, some 100,000’s of km in semi-major axis. This means that the spacecraft may be entering and exiting the Earth’s magnetotail and magnetosheath.

It is of great interest and need to characterize the radiation environment at L2, not only to understand the strength and extent, but more importantly, to understand the time variability of magnetotail. With no less than 5 major observatories scheduled to be at L2 in the coming decade, concerns about its radiation and space weather environment will only increase. In addition, there is also intrinsic scientific value in monitoring activities on the magnetotail. Interactions at the magnetotail causes charged plasmoids to travel back up the tail and interact with the Earth’s magnetosphere.

First place-$2,500;
Second place-$1,500;
Third place-$1,000 (USD)


AIAA Undergraduate Team Space Transportation Design Competition
Design of a Human Asteroid Exploration System

Letter of Intent — 19 March 2010

The goal of this project is to design a Human Asteroid Exploration System (HAES). The HAES should consist of a transportation system capable of sending two or more astronauts from Earth to a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) and returning them safely to the Earth. The transportation system should be designed for a mission opportunity to a specific asteroid during the 2018-2030 timeframe.

First place-$2,500;
Second place-$1,500;
Third place-$1,000 (USD)


NASA Ames/National Space Society
Space Settlement Design Competition

All submissions must be received by March 31, 2010.

This annual contest, co-sponsored by NASA Ames and the National Space Society (NSS), is for 6-12th graders (11-18 years old) from anywhere in the world.

The best submission wins the grand prize, consisting of the space colony submission being placed on the NASA Ames World Wide Web site.


Fabricators and Manufacturers Association

Applications available after Jan 1, due April 1.

Since 1990, FMA’s foundation has awarded scholarships annually to students in courses of study that may lead to careers in manufacturing.

College scholarships for non-members are $2,500 per school year and college scholarships for members are $5,000 per school year. Trade school and two-year college scholarships up to $2,000 require membership.


Moon Art 2009 -2010 Contest

Entries are due no later than April 15, 2010.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration invites high school and college students from all areas of study to enter, including the arts, industrial design, architecture, computer design, and the fine arts. Students are asked to submit their work on the theme: Life and Work on the Moon. Artists are encouraged to collaborate with science and engineering students. Such collaboration is not required, but would help to ensure that the art is valid for the Moon’s harsh environment. Any full time student can enter, regardless of major or area of study. Entries will be accepted in three categories: two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and digital, including music and video.

For the first time, we will also accept entries in literature (poetry and short stories). Entries will be evaluated on creativity, artistic qualities, but also on whether they depict a valid scenario for the moon’s harsh conditions. Prizes include awards and exhibit opportunities. Cash prizes, certificates of achievement, and exhibit opportunities are planned.


The Barringer Family Fund
for Meteorite Impact Research

April 2010

The Barringer Crater Company has established a special fund to support field work by eligible students interested in the study of impact cratering processes. The Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research will provide a small number (3 to 5) of competitive grants each year in the range of $2,500 to $5,000 USD for support of field research at known or suspected impact sites worldwide. Grant funds may be used to assist with travel and subsistence costs, as well as laboratory and computer analysis of research samples and findings. Masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students enrolled in formal university programs are eligible.


Mineralogical Society of America

Completed applications must be returned to the MSA Business Office by June 1, 2010.

2011 MSA Grant For Student Research In Mineralogy And Petrology from an endowment created by contributions from the MSA membership. The grant comprises two awards of up to $5000 each for research in mineralogy and petrology. Graduate and undergraduate students, are encouraged to apply. However, all proposals are considered together. The award selection will be based on the qualifications of the applicant, the quality, innovativeness, and scientific significance of the research, and the likelihood of success of the project.
The grant is for research-related expenses only.


Starfleet – The International Star Trek Fan Association

The application period runs from January 1st through July 1st.

Ever since 1990, our organization has presented monetary scholarships to special active STARFLEET members who are attending community colleges, four-year colleges, most technical schools, junior colleges and universities or graduate school.

Scholarships are awarded in amounts of up to $500 based on number of applicants and availability of funds.

Eugene M. Shoemaker
Impact Cratering Award

Proposals for the 2010 research award will probably be due in early September 2010

The Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award is for undergraduate or graduate students, of any nationality, working in any country, in the disciplines of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, astronomy, or biology. The award, which will include $2500, is to be applied for the study of impact craters, either on Earth or on the other solid bodies in the solar system, which areas of study may include but shall not necessarily be limited to impact cratering processes, the bodies (asteroidal or cometary) that make the impacts, or the geological, chemical or biological results of impact cratering.


American Astronomical Society

Deadline is October 1st 2010

Has a number of Grants and Awards
Annie J. Cannon Award in Astronomy

The Annie Jump Cannon Award is given to a North American female astronomer within five years of receiving her PhD in the year designated for the award. The Cannon Prize is for outstanding research and promise for future research by a postdoctoral woman researcher. The prize will amount to $1500 and the winner will give an invited talk at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society and travel expenses will be paid. Self nominations will be allowed.



All themes of science fiction and fantasy illustrations are welcome: every entry is judged on its own merits only. No entry fee is required and all rights in the entries remain the property of their artists.
There will be three co-winners in each quarter. Each winner will receive an outright cash grant of U.S. $500.00, and a certificate of merit. Such winners also receive eligibility to compete for the annual Grand Prize of an additional outright cash grant of $4,000, together with the annual Grand Prize trophy.


State Space Grant Consortium

The 52 consortia fund fellowships and scholarships for students pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology, or STEM, as well as curriculum enhancement and faculty development. Member colleges and universities also administer pre-college and public service education projects in their states.

Texas, e.g. has the Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship Program with a $1,000 Stipend and a Graduate Fellowship Program with a $5,000 Stipend.


Each NASA Space Center typically runs a number of its own program opportunities


Full list of NASA programs at:

If you’re looking for some European travel, there are a couple of newer European programs:



European Masters Course in Aeronautics and Space Technology

EuMAS is a two-year MSc programme jointly offered by five European aerospace schools: Università di Pisa (Italy), Technische Universität München (Germany), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), Institut Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE-Supaero) of Toulouse (France), and Cranfield University (United Kingdom).



Joint European Master in Space Science and Technology

The main objective of the Course is to combine the great diversity of space expertise at six European universities and two Third-Country universities to a common platform of competence within the guidelines of the Bologna process. The educational cooperation is supported by scientific and industrial organisations, thus providing direct contacts with professional research and industry.

Another objective is to give the students cross-disciplinary extension from laboratory and computer simulation environments to hands-on work with stratospheric balloons, rockets, satellite and radar control, robotics, sensor data fusion, automatic control and multi-body dynamics.



A competition for European university students* from all disciplines to propose an experiment that could fly on board the International Space Station (ISS).

The goal of the competition is to make today’s students the International Space Station users of tomorrow. The first prize of the competition is a one-year internship at ESA’s space research and technology centre, ESTEC, in the Netherlands. At ESTEC, the winner of the contest can work on his/her experiment with the possibility of qualifying it for flight to the International Space Station.

A new SUCCESS Student Contest is currently foreseen for 2010.


FIRST Robotics Competition

Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.


Association for Women in Science

AWIS is a vibrant, highly charged organization committed to helping women in STEM at every stage of their career achieve their greatest potential. We work on multiple levels to lower the barriers and create opportunties for success.


American Radio Relay League

The American Radio Relay League Foundation offers a number of college scholarships to students who plan to study engineering and hold a valid ham radio license.


American Society for Metals
ASM International

Since 1953, the ASM Materials Education Foundation and leading ASM Chapters nationwide have awarded scholarships totaling over $1 million. Currently 37 scholarships are awarded annually through the ASM International Foundation.


Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

(for select schools)

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation was created to ensure that the United States would maintain its leadership in science and technology by supporting promising students in science and engineering.



The USRA Scholarship Program provides college scholarships to students who have shown a career interest in the physical sciences or engineering with an emphasis on space research or space science education.

An undetermined number of undergraduate scholarships are available in amounts up to $1,000. The McLucas Research Prize is $400.


National Space Club

Awards a $10,000 scholarship each year, in memory of Dr. Robert H. Goddard, America’s rocket pioneer. The scholarship is presented at the Goddard Memorial Dinner each spring, for the following academic year. The award is given to stimulate the interest of talented students in the opportunity to advance scientific knowledge through space research and exploration.


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

IEEE offers a variety of awards, competitions, contests, scholarships and fellowships


International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine
Aviation Medicine Scholarship

The International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine has a well-established Scholarship Programme, the aims of which are to enable young physicians commencing a career in aerospace medicine to undertake training in the specialty. The Scholarship can be used to facilitate attendance at a formal training course, or participation in a work programme (one year or more, structured towards educational goals) in a recognized aerospace medicine institute. The scholarship is for US $15,000.

Aerospace Medical Association

Careers in Aerospace Medicine with information on scholarships and programs


American Institute
of Chemical Engineers

Each year, students are awarded scholarships based on outstanding academic achievement and their involvement in AIChE programs and activities.

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