Applications are now open for our Penn State University Park PASGC Graduate Fellowship Program for the 2023-2024 school year! PASGC will award one-year fellowships in the amount of $5,000  for the academic year to students who are engaged in graduate study related to the needs of NASA Mission Directorates. The award is not tied to deliverables from any specific research project or plan. All eligible University Park graduate students are invited to apply across many  disciplines and colleges, especially those who belong to under represented groups in STEM(women and minorities) and/or those who have faced social/economic hardship.
The application period runs from November 15th 2022 to March 1st 2023. 

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Who should apply?

NASA’s Vision: To discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity

NASA’s mission to go to the moon and beyond means that many fields of study are directly related to NASA’s strategic goals. Majors in STEM and the humanities both play integral roles in achieving NASA’s mission.

“NASA PA Space Grant allows me to showcase my science to the community and also has given me the opportunity to see how my science can affect the community. It is Great opportunity to get involved with NASA and also to See how my research connects.” – Santina Cruz, Doctoral Candidate in Chemistry / 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 PSGC Fellow

What are the qualifications and considerations?

  • All eligible Penn State – University Park graduate students are invited to apply, with award emphasis on, but not limited to, the following colleges: Agricultural Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Eberly College of Science, Education, Engineering, Health and Human Development, Information Sciences and Technology, and the Liberal Arts.
    • Note: Applicants do not need to be working on a NASA-funded project to be considered.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Applicant must be admitted to Penn State’s Graduate School.
  • Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student (9 credits).
  • Current or past PSGC Fellows may apply for up to one additional year of funding, but they will not receive preferential consideration during the selection process. Individuals may receive a maximum of two PSGC Fellowship awards.
  • In keeping with National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program goals, Fellows will participate in PSGC-sponsored mentoring or education outreach activities (for grades K-12, undergraduates or the general public) for a minimum of ten hours per semester. Fellows may also work with PSGC staff to contribute to the PSGC’s Student Stories to fulfill some or all required hours.
  • Note: Penn State University does not provide tax documentation for any PSGC awards. Students are responsible for reporting these payments as income to the IRS and for remitting any tax due.

Common themes: Penn State University Park PASGC Graduate Fellowship Program  2023-2024

  • Applied Sciences / Engineering: Include but are not limited to fields related to NASA’s Aeronautics Research and Space Technology mission directorates.
  • Natural Sciences: Include but are not limited to fields related to NASA’s Science mission directorate and research areas of focus including Earth Science and Climate Change.
  • Humans in Space: Astronauts spending extended time in space brings challenges that include handling and preventing medical issues, the psychological effects of space, and how to colonize places other than Earth, topics that align with the Humans in Space mission directorate.
  • Education: Training the future STEM workforce starts with educators who inspire, engage, and educate future generations.
  • Liberal Arts: Support is needed from policymakers, historians, psychologists, anthropologists, and others in liberal arts disciplines to continue NASA’s vision of expanding knowledge for the benefit of humanity.

More information on NASA Mission Directorates can be found here. We encourage students to contact PSGC at if they have questions about whether their field of study is relevant.

“NASA’s Earth Science Division works to use information to “improve lives and safeguard the future of people all over the world. …NASA and the social sciences, it really is a perfect fit.” – Dylan Davis, Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology / 2019-2020 PSGC Fellow

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How do I apply?

The application process for the 2023-2024 academic year is now open and will be open until the deadline on March 1st 2023. 

Click here to apply! 

  • Submit an online application using the link at the top of the page with supporting materials by the March 1, 2023 deadline.
  • All supporting materials must be included in order for your application to be considered complete.
  • Awards will be announced by email on or before June 1, 2023.
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