The Michigan Space Grant Consortium announces the MSGC Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowship Program.

Submission Deadline: The submission deadline for 2019-2020 funding is now past.
Applications for 2020-2021 funding will open late summer 2019.

Award notification: Award recipients of 2019-2020 funding will be notified of their selection by early spring 2019. Cost-reimbursable subaward agreements will go out to affiliates late spring 2019. The official funding interval will be May 2019 through April 2020.

MSGC Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowship Program

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium offers at least $100,000 per year in the form of graduate and undergraduate research and public service fellowship funding.  Fellowship awards for undergraduate and graduate students are $3,000 and $5,000, respectively.  Preference is given to students pursuing projects directly related to NASA strategic interests, including aerospace, space science, Earth system science. Students working in other related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, including educational research topics in STEM, 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 mentor an under-represented minority student in the MSGC Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowship Program, you are eligible for up to $500 to use for travel, supplies/materials, and/or conference registration fees. The MSGC Fellowship Program does not require a cost match, nor will it be a factor in the selection of fellows. It would be helpful to MSGC to capture tuition waivers or mentor time provided to an awarded student that could be reported as cost-share. MSGC will seek such information from the mentors of fellowship recipients.

Application Package

To apply for either the Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowship Program, application materials must be submitted online. For 2020-2021 funding, links for the online application system will be provided in late summer 2019.

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 (10-point font will be accepted for references only - the rest of the proposal must be in 12-point font).
  • 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.


Students must submit a final report on their research or public service activity, not to exceed five pages by May 31, 2020. The report should include how funding was used, activities engaged in, and results achieved. Documentation or any papers, presentations, announcements, news articles, and press releases to the project should be included in an appendix and will not be counted in the page limitations. The inclusion of one or two action photographs of the student doing research or performing public service, are welcome. A portion of the report may be published in the MSGC newsletter, "Michigan in Space." The report Is to be submitted In PDF to Brenda Vyletel at: bvyletel@umich.edu. Award recipients are encouraged to apply to give a presentation at the MSGC Fall Conference following the award period.

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.