ISGC Graduate Fellowship Information

Application opens: December 2, 2020

Application closes: February 3, 2021

Purpose:

The Illinois Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) will award fellowships for outstanding students pursuing a graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines that support NASA’s mission.

Awards:

Up to (7) $10,000 fellowships will be awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year. Funding will be released incumbent upon authorization of funds by NASA.

Requirements:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Must be enrolled full-time at an ISGC affiliate institution:
    • Bradley University
    • Chicago State University
    • City Colleges of Chicago
    • DePaul University
    • Illinois Institute of Technology
    • Northern Illinois University
    • Northwestern University
    • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    • The University of Chicago
    • University of Illinois at Chicago
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Must be a full-time graduate student in Fall 2021
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0)*
  • Full-time student majoring in a STEM area, including, but not limited to: engineering, computer science, the biological and life sciences, chemistry, geological sciences, physics, and astronomy.  Please note that we are specifically interested in students whose academic major and career aspirations are relevant to NASA.
  • Good academic standing
  • Completed application
  • All application materials must be submitted electronically by February 3rd, 2021, 11:59 pm.

*The GPA requirement may be waived with a letter of support from your university/college Affiliate Director.

Award winners will be chosen based on student qualifications and applications.  Women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and U.S. military veterans are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

Complete the Fellowship Application.  As part of the application, you will be asked to upload the following:

  • A one to two-page Statement of Interest which should include:
    • Your reasons for seeking this scholarship/fellowship.
    • Evidence of your previous and current interest/experience in engineering or science as related to NASA interests.
  • A current resumé.
  • A copy your most recent college transcript (can be an unofficial transcript).
  • Provide one academic reference which should include full contact information of the reference (name, address, position, institution, email, phone, etc.).
  • ISGC will contact the reference for a letter, if necessary.

Selection

Scholarships/Fellowships will be awarded to students who have the highest academic merit, have submitted a transcript, and a complete application.

Awardees agree to participate in the NASA longitudinal tracking process. This involves requesting information from recipients to determine any and all impacts Space Grant funded opportunities have on a student’s future education/career plans. All awardees must agree to provide timely information for this report. The data is used to demonstrate the success of the Space Grant program to NASA, so that funding will continue to be appropriated for future students. The tracking occurs through the first year of your next step.

For example: if you take four years to complete your graduate degree, we will ask for your information yearly until you enter a post-graduate school or take a position in your career field.

Provided candidates meet minimum eligibility requirements, at least one applicant from each affiliate institution will be awarded a scholarship/ fellowship. Acceptance of this award may impact a student’s income level to a degree that could affect eligibility for other funding – including student loans.  It is the students’ responsibility to consult with their undergraduate student office and their campus financial aid advisors. ISGC encourages students to meet with their financial aid officers prior to application submission.

Deadline and Notification of Awards

Submission Deadline:
February 3, 2021, 11:59 PM

After screening for eligibility, successful applicants will be notified by the ISGC and affiliate institution. Notifications will also be sent to the affiliate institution.

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