Program Status: Closed


The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program champions diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by recruiting, retaining and preparing a diverse workforce, and proactively engaging and serving diverse populations. NC Space Grant is committed to building inclusive research, education, and public outreach programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking.

Recognizing that some students have historically been underserved and underrepresented (i.e., minority groups that are not represented in the science, engineering, technology, or math (STEM) fields in numbers proportional to their composition in the U.S. population) NC Space Grant supports scholarships targeted to these individuals in order to help diversify the STEM workforce of the future.

NCSES, 2019 Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering Report


To encourage talented underserved and underrepresented individuals (women, minorities and persons with disabilities) to pursue STEM related careers, NC Space Grant will implement the STEM Bridge Scholarship Program. This is a competitive scholarship program for underserved and underrepresented freshman and sophomore undergraduate students with the goals of:

Students from Shaw University learn about NASA content.

Award Level

Eligibility Requirements

* Link to a list of US Department of Education Accredited Post-Secondary Minority Institutions:

Awardee Requirements

Awardees are required to complete the following in order to receive funding: 

Fall Semester – 2019:  2 Requirements

  1. Awardees are required to attend a fall webinar meeting that will feature a NASA mission directorate scientist, as well as an information session with NCSG staff.  During the information session you will hear about all NCSG scholarships, fellowships and internships that are available. 
  2. Apply to NASA’s Fellowships and Internships program here. Students shall send a screen shot of their finalized application to NC Space Grant as verification. Please note that should an internship be awarded to the student that it is not a binding commitment. If awarded, funding for the experience shall be discussed with NC Space Grant.

After awardees complete both fall semester requirements, the first installment of scholarship award ($1,000) will be released. Receipt of scholarship funds is not contingent upon successfully obtaining a NASA internship since offers are dependent on the NASA selection process. Rather NC Space Grant values the experience applying for NASA Internships – you never know!

Spring Semester – 2020: 3 Requirements

  1. Conduct online research about NASA’s current missions or planned missions, from any of the four NASA Mission Directorates. NASA aligns its research and other activities into these four Directorates. Links to NASA Mission Directorates:
    1. Aeronautics Research
    1. Human Exploration and Operations
    1. Science
    1. Space Technology

After your conference evaluation is submitted to NCSG, the second half of your scholarship award ($1,500) will be released.

Upon selection, awardees must submit an acceptance form and provide a photo and biographical information; inform NC Space Grant of changes of address; and respond to academic and employment follow-up surveys.

Students may be asked to share their experience in public forums, classroom presentations and professional meetings. Presentations that encourage interest in aerospace careers and research to high school students are of particular interest to NCSG.

How to Apply

This opportunity is currently closed but will re-open in fall 2020.

Interested students must complete an online application. 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.

Request for Proposals

There are additional fields required for the application however key application questions include:

  1. What areas of STEM interest you? Why?
  2. What STEM related career would you like to have in the future?  Why?
  3. Describe any STEM-related extra-curricular activities in which you have participated.
  4. How will this award impact you personally and professionally?

Click here to read the entire STEM Bridge Scholarship RFP.

**Please note that the deadline in the RFP PDF document is the original deadline. Please note the extended deadline to October 15, 2019.


Sandy Canfield, Assistant Director