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.
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.
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:
Providing financial support to underrepresented students who demonstrate the potential to contribute to the future STEM workforce;
Promoting STEM-related careers and research at the undergraduate level and to serve as a bridge to NCSG’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship, Graduate Research Fellowship and other NASA related programs.
Connecting underserved and underrepresented students to faculty and peers (e.g. NC Space Grant-supported students) that are conducting research at their institution;
Awardees are required to complete the
following in order to receive funding:
Semester – 2019: 2 Requirements
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.
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!
Semester – 2020: 3 Requirements
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:
Interview a current faculty member at your
university who teaches and conducts research in an area of interest to you.
This research should be of interest to NASA but not necessarily already being
conducted by NASA. You will want to do some of your own research to identify
someone who could possibly be a good mentor for your future research. Awardees
are required to submit a 1-2-page report summarizing what you learned during
the interview and the NASA Mission Directorates.
Attend the NC Space Symposium to be held April 3-4,
2020 in Raleigh, NC. There is no
registration cost for STEM Bridge Scholars. However, scholarship funds awarded through this opportunity shall cover travel
costs to the symposium.
After your conference evaluation
is submitted to NCSG, the second half of your scholarship award ($1,500) will
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
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.
A Faculty Letter of Recommendation.
Awards will be announced on or soon after Nov. 1, 2019. Awards are contingent upon receipt of NASA funding.
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:
What areas of STEM interest you? Why?
What STEM related career would you like to have in the future? Why?
Describe any STEM-related extra-curricular activities in which you have participated.
How will this award impact you personally and professionally?