Graduate Research Fellowship

The Graduate Research Fellowship opportunity is open to full-time graduate students enrolled at any university in the state of New Mexico. Applicants must major in a field of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

Scholarships are competitively awarded based on application information including research project, its alignment to NASA, faculty letter of recommendation and GPA. $10,000 is awarded for two academic semesters. Funding is limited to four semesters. Students must re-apply each year. U.S. citizenship is required, see below for more details on requirements.

As it is true with all NMSGC programs, the participation of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities is strongly encouraged.

Applications for the Fall 2024 – Spring 2025 cycle open on January 19, 2024. A complete application and letter of recommendation are due by April 12, 2024. No extensions will be given.

If awarded, you can expect an email notification by May 24, 2024. All awards are expected to start the first day of the Fall 2024 semester at your academic institution.

Note: If you have been previously awarded the New Mexico Space Grant Undergraduate Research Scholarship, those semesters count toward the four-semester limit.

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Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full-time enrollment during award period (minimum of 9 credit hours/semester)
  • Major in STEM field
  • Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA

Fellowship requirements:

  • Must be working on a research project of interest to NASA’s mission directorates
  • Must have a faculty advisor
  • Must present research results at the Annual Virtual Student Research Colloquium
  • Must complete 10 hours of volunteering and/or community outreach
  • Must notify NMSGC if ineligible
  • Provide short-video testimonial if requested by NMSGC office