Each year, North Carolina Space Grant awards Undergraduate Research Scholarships to students attending its member institutions who are pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields that support NASA’s mission. This competitively awarded program engages the future STEM workforce in basic and/or applied aerospace-related research projects and facilitates the development of mentor relationships between students, faculty and the NASA community.

The Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program requires that students participate in an active, identified research activity in STEM that has aerospace and NASA applications. The research must be supervised by a faculty mentor and may be conducted on the home campus or at an industrial or government facility. The research activity should be continuous and conducted during summer 2018 (defined as a minimum of 10 weeks) or during the 2019–20 Academic Year (Fall 2019 – Spring 2020).

Awards are made annually and are renewable for one year for students making satisfactory academic and research progress. This is a competitive scholarship program supported by NASA and the State of North Carolina. Awards are based on merit recognizing high academic achievement and promise. (Examples of exemplary Undergraduate Research Scholarship applications)

Award Level

Summer 2019:  $6,000

Academic Year (2019–20): $6,000

Eligibility Requirements

The Undergraduate Research Scholarship applicant must be:

Applicants are eligible to receive a total of two Undergraduate Research Scholarships during their academic studies.

Please review the FAQ page for more information.

To Apply for an Undergraduate Research Scholarship, click HERE

Interested students must complete an online application (see link above). Please read all program guidelines including applicant eligibility and reporting requirements before submitting your application. The application must be submitted online and all information must be complete or the application will not be reviewed. The key components of the application are discussed in more detail below.

Awardee Requirements

The Undergraduate Research Scholar must:

For questions, please contact:

Jobi Cook, Associate Director
NC Space Grant
850 Main Campus Drive
Toxicology Building, Suite 105
NC State University
Campus Box 7515
Raleigh, NC 27695-7515
(919) 515-5933