Fellowship Research Opportunities

The purpose of 2019 NASA Fellowship is to provide fellowship awards for individuals pursuing or planning to pursue graduate studies leading to Masters and Doctoral degrees in relevant NASA-related disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. This funding opportunity is open to students pursuing advanced degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), specifically in areas of projected deficiencies in the NASA STEM workforce. The NASA OSE Fellowship activity is being conducted in conjunction with the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP), Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and other NASA possible funding sources. The Fellowships are awarded as a non-portable training grant to accredited U.S. universities on behalf of selected Fellows. For each Fellow, the University receives up to a $55,000 a year for a maximum of three years. The candidates will submit independently conceived research proposals to the Fellowship solicitation opening in late November in NSPIRES.
NASA Office of STEM Engagement cordially requests that NASA Researchers submit research opportunities (Provide a brief description of the opportunity and the objectives or specific student assignment) using the attached Excel file to Vandhana.lal@nasa.gov  by October 10, 2018. An example is provided in the above attached excel sheet. Please notify your NASA Supervisor and Center’s OE Fellowship Coordinator that you are submitting a Fellowship research opportunity.
FYI: The role of a NASA Research Advisor for the Fellows is as follows:

1.       Submit a NASA Education Fellowship Research Opportunity to program management.

2.       Provide letter of concurrence to the proposing student once proposal is submitted on NSPIRES

Ø  “The research proposal is sound and has relevance to the NASA Center’s Missions. I, NASA Researcher Name, am willing to serve as the NASA Technical Advisor for the fellowship candidate, Name, if the research proposal Title is awarded a training grant. Research expenses occurring at the NASA Center only and the NASA Researcher’s time are identified as an in-kind contribution from NASA in accordance with NPD 1388.1: Employee Participation in NASA Education and Communications Activities.”

Ø  Template for letter of concurrence will be provided on NSPIRES.

3.        Must participate in the Fellowship Online Review that is expected to occur in March 2019.

Ø  This provides the NASA Technical Advisor an opportunity to read the entire proposal package submitted by a fellowship candidate and complete a full review of the proposal package before the awards are made. 


4.       Work with the Fellow and the Academic Advisor (PI) to develop research plans for the awarded proposal.

5.       Host Fellow and Academic Advisor for a preliminary visit to the NASA Center. This is to provide the opportunity to see the research facilities, to introduce the research team from the NASA Center and made detailed plans for summer research. (The funding comes out of the student’s fellowship package not NASA Advisor funds.)

6.       If need, assist with conference approval for Fellow.

7.       Provided research advice to the Fellow, as needed.

8.       NASA Research Advisor is responsible for providing office, research space, and a NASA computer seat while the student is at the summer Center Based Research Experience (CBRE).

9.       Supervise the Fellow’s research during the CBRE.

10.   The NASA Research Advisor will be asked to complete a Recommendation Form for the Fellow in summer of CBRE for students Fellowship renewal.

For questions please direct them to Vandhana Lal, Fellowship Activity Deputy Manager via email (vandhana.lal@nasa.gov) or by phone at 650-604-4709.