The Michigan Space Grant Consortium announces the MSGC Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowship Program and the MSGC Undergraduate-Under-Represented Minority Fellowship Program.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Award notification: Award recipients will be notified of their tentative selection by February 28, 2017. Funds will be dispersed in May 2017, pending receipt of the budgeted 2017 federal funds. The funding interval for the grant is from May 2017 through April 2018.

MSGC Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowship Program

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium offers a total of $100,000 in the form of graduate and undergraduate research and public service fellowship.  Fellowship awards for undergraduate and graduate students are $2,500 and $5,000, respectively.  Preference is given to students pursuing projects directly related to NASA strategic interests, including aerospace, space science, earth system science, and other related science, engineering or mathematics fields.  Students working on educational research topics in mathematics, science, or technology are also eligible to apply.  

This opportunity is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens and currently enrolled at MSGC Affiliate Institutions. Applicants must have a good academic record and be in good academic standing to qualify for an award.  Women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Students currently receiving MSGC Fellowships are eligible to reapply.

Award recipients will be selected based on the scientific and educational relevance of the proposed activity, the likelihood for success, and the mentor's expressed commitment to the project. MSGC objectives, student qualifications, and programmatic balance will also be considered in the selection of award recipients.

Students are required to identify a mentor in the faculty research, education, or public service communities, with whom they intend to work. The mentor must provide a recommendation letter that outlines his/her expectations of and responsibilities to the student. The mentor will receive an e-mail giving guidelines on how to submit a letter directly to the MSGC electronically.  Affiliate representatives of the Michigan Space Grant Consortium are available to assist students with guidance on preparing their applications. Student funding can be used as a stipend, domestic travel to mentor-approved conferences, workshops, and research locations, and supplies and materials.  Funding cannot be used for foreign travel or for purchases of $5,000 or over.
Note to mentors: If you are mentoring an under-represented minority student proposing to the MSGC Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowship Program (not the Undergraduate-Under-represented Minority Fellowship Program), you are eligible for up to $500 to use for travel, supplies, materials, and/or conference registration fees. Purchases under $5,000 are considered supplies and materials and are allowed.

MSGC Undergraduate-Under-Represented Minority Fellowship Program

The Consortium offers up to $14,000 in support in the form of undergraduate fellowships of $2,500 to under-represented minority students.   This program is similar to the MSGC Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowship Program, with the following differences:

  • Applicants must be under-represented minority (African-American, Hispanic, Latino, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders) undergraduates who are U.S. citizens and currently enrolled at MSGC Affiliate Institutions.
  • Under-represented minority students who are U.S. Citizens and have a GPA below 3.0, but have strong mentorship, do qualify for an award.
  • Mentors quality for $1,000 per student.  A mentor may have up to two under-represented minority students on his/her team.  MSGC funds cannot be used to pay salaries or travel to persons that are not U.S. Citizens.  MSGC funds can be used to purchase supplies and services for the project.

Application Package

To apply for either the Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowship Program or the Undergraduate-Underrepresented Minority Fellowship Program, please follow the guidelines noted under, "the application package includes".

Note to Mentors:   Cost sharing is a vital component to the MSGC receiving funding from NASA.  It has become more difficult to reach the cost match that NASA requires.   While the MSGC Fellowship Program does not require a cost match and it will not be a factor in the selection of fellows, we would like to capture any tuition waiver provided to an awarded student that could be reported as cost share.  MSGC will seek such information from the mentors of fellowship recipients.

Graduate Fellowship Programhttp://msgc.umich.edu
Undergraduate-Under-Represented Minority Fellowship Programhttp://msgc.umich.edu

The application package includes:

1. approval from the affiliate representative on your campus. Before you prepare your proposal, contact your representative to discuss your plans; they can give you valuable advice for strengthening your proposal.  Your full name typed on the application form indicates the affiliate representative has approved your proposal.

2. a completed online application form.

3. an abstract not to exceed 150 words.

4. a three-page essay that includes:

  • a description of the research or public service activity you intend to pursue and any references cited (a smaller font than size 12 will be accepted).

  • an explanation of how the proposed activity is related to NASA’s strategic interests:  NASA Strategic Plan 2014

  • a description of your specific responsibilities in the project and specific outcomes expected for the research.

  • a brief description of your future career/educational interest.
    Note: proposals will be read by reviewers from a range of scientific areas, so do not assume the reviewer is familiar with the details of your field; clarity is the responsibility of the proposer.

5. a scanned copy of your most recent transcript.  Note:  If you have completed less than four semesters of graduate school, also include a scanned copy of your undergraduate transcript. If you have completed less than two semesters of undergraduate courses, please include your high school transcripts.

6. two letters of recommendation from faculty at your MSGC Affiliate Institution familiar with your academic qualifications and interests. At least one of these letters must be from a faculty member who has agreed to mentor you in your research or public service project; this letter should indicate the agreement of the faculty member to serve in this mentoring capacity for the duration of the award as well as his/her expectations and responsibilities for the research or public service activity you wish to pursue.

7.  if applying for continuation funds, include a two-page progress report on your current project, including how your fellowship funds were used. The report should describe your activities during the current year and an evaluation of the successful and unsuccessful components of the program. Documentation of any papers, presentations, announcements, news articles, and press releases relating to the existing project should be included in an appendix.

8.  use 12-point font, single-spaced text, and one-inch margins.

9.  please convert your documents to a single PDF file Note: *.docx files are not accepted at this time.

10.  proposals that exceed the page limits specified above will not be considered.

Reporting Requirements for Award Recipients

Students must submit a final report on their research or public service activity, not to exceed five pages. In the report, the inclusion of one or two action photographs of the student doing research or performing public service, are welcome.

Documentation of any papers, presentations, announcements, news articles, and press releases relating to the existing project should be included in an appendix. A portion of their report may be published in the MSGC newsletter, Michigan in Space. The report is to be submitted in PDF to Bonnie Bryant at: blbryant@umich.edu. Selected students may also be requested to make a presentation at the MSGC's next Annual Conference. Reports must be submitted by May 31, 2018.

Award recipients are also required to submit a questionnaire circulated by the Director’s Office requesting financial reporting and information about participants.  The questionnaire cannot be used as a program report.

Additional Information

For additional information on this or other MSGC programs, please contact the MSGC Director's Office or contact MSGC Representatives at Affiliate Institutions throughout the state.

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Vision

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium fosters awareness of, education in, and research on space-related science and technology in Michigan.

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Mission

To create, develop, and promote programs that support our vision and reflect NASA strategic interests, and to encourage cooperation between academia, industry, and state and local government in space-related science and technology in Michigan.

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