NASA WVSGC Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

Provides support for undergraduate students to become involved in a research project under the supervision of their academic advisor

Who may apply:
All undergraduate students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields enrolled in a WVSGC affiliate institution

Application Details:
These one-year Fellowships will be awarded competitively to undergraduate students in STEM fields, who will be engaged in a research project during the academic year and/or summer term. A faculty member from the applicant’s institution must agree to serve as a mentor and research advisor for the described project. The amount of these awards is $4,500. All of the funds requested must be in the form of a stipend paid directly to the student. Applicants may also request an additional $500 for attending a conference to present the results of their research or for supplies used specifically for this research. Applicants for these fellowships must be full-time undergraduate students of U.S. citizenship. Brief quarterly progress reports and a final report will be required.

Proposal due date: Monday, March 8, 2021, by 11:59 PM (EST)
Awards announcement date: Mid-April 2021
Anticipated project start date: May 16, 2021
Project duration: One year

Undergraduate student applicants must complete the online application here.

1. Research Plan

Please upload a two-page summary, in your own words, of your research plan including a statement of the problem, methodology, expected results, proposed timeline, and budget (references and appendices (if any) do not count towards the two-page limit and can be up to one additional page each. This research plan must be reviewed and approved by your faculty mentor.  The document must be in PDF format and single- spaced using Times New Roman (TNR) font size 12, 1″ margin on all sides.

Please note that all proposals must align with one of the four NASA Mission Directorates. (Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration & Operations, Science, and Space Technology). To read about the latest programs and current interests for the Mission Directorates, please click here.  Failure to clearly indicate the alignment with a NASA Mission Directorate will result in disqualification of the proposal and not being forwarded to the reviewers.

For your budget, identify how the student will be paid (hours per week over what time periods) and if requesting travel funds what conference you plan to attend. Students can request this funding to present at a conference (virtual or face-to-face).

2. Essay

The applicant is required to submit a statement of no more than two pages addressing the following items:

  • Applicant’s motivation for completing the proposed research project
  • Applicant’s academic achievements, leadership qualities, and extracurricular activities
  • Applicant’s research experience, career interests, and professional goals
  • Applicant’s plans for sharing research findings through participation in a professional conference and/or publication
  • Acknowledgment of prior WVSGC funding and a brief description of previous projects funded.

The applicant will also upload their resume and an official or unofficial copy of their transcript. The Consortium will award these grants based on the following criteria:

  • Soundness and technical merit of the proposed research (50 points)
  • Student’s statement on academic and extracurricular achievements, research experience, and career interests (50 points)

Proposals must be submitted online only. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. Undergraduate students submit the online application here.