NASA and Space Grant "Educational Opportunities"
Higher Education
(NASA Education Updates from NASA's Earth Science Enterprise)
This page last updated on
March 19, 2019

·  SD Space Grant Consortium Student Fellowship/Scholarship Stipend Program
·  Sign up for "NASA Express": features updates from NASA and STEM associates about workshops, internships, and fellowships; applications for grants or collaborations; promotions for student and educator opportunities; online professional development; and other announcements.

·  Study at the Frontiers of Space - Poster and Flyer.

·  Davis-Bahcall Scholars Program - A summer 2019 program supported in part by SD Space Grant where Davis-Bahcall Scholars spend one to two weeks digging deep into underground science and engineering at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, SD plus two to four weeks experiencing the world of modern scientific research at laboratories and universities in the U.S. and abroad (funding permitting).  This program is for students who, in the fall of 2018, will be a freshman or sophomore at a university in South Dakota or have a home address in South Dakota and who are at least 18 years of age. 

·  Other Summer 2018 SURF Internships

·  NASA funds two SD "Undergraduate Student Instrumentation Project" (USIP) Proposals
·  August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: South Dakota Student Balloon Team
    SD Eclipse Balloon Team Facebook Page          Video of Moon's shadow from ~70,000 feet

            NASA Center Internships and Fellowship opportunities:

·  NASA “One Stop Shopping Initiative : Student On-Line Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows, and Scholars” (OSSI:SOLAR)
·  NASA Ames Aeromechanics Internship Program: For summer internship information click on "Student Opportunities"

·  NASA / Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) application - Summer Internships

·  NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships - (Takes a moment to download.) The NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks to sponsor graduate research students pursuing or planning to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees relevant to space technology disciplines. 2017 funding up to $74,000 per year.

·  NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program - This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines.

·  Lewis’ Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Program (LERCIP)


Aerospace Industry Internships:


·  L-3 Communications Internships, Co-ops, and Career Opportunities


Other NASA and space-related higher education opportunities:


·  Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)  Click here for SDSM&T Chapter of SEDS
·  NASA DEVELOP National Program - DEVELOP, part of NASA’s Applied Sciences Program, addresses environmental and public policy issues by conducting interdisciplinary feasibility projects that apply the lens of NASA Earth observations to community concerns around the globe. Bridging the gap between NASA Earth Science and society, DEVELOP builds capacity in both participants and partner organizations to better prepare them to address the challenges that face our society and future generations. With the competitive nature and growing societal role of science and technology in today’s global workplace, DEVELOP is fostering an adept corps of tomorrow’s scientists and leaders.

·  AMELIA EARHART FELLOWSHIP - Awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of US$10,000, awarded to 35 Fellows around the globe each year, may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.

·  NASA Postdoctoral Program

·  Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

·  NASA Education Program

·  Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
·  Tribal College Journal - Provides information for everyone interested in American Indian higher education.

·  Universities Space Research Association (USRA)

·  Institute for STEM Education Enhancement at SDSU

·  FAA Design Competition for Universities - This student competition address challenges in four broad areas: Airport Operations and Maintenance, Runway Safety/Runway Incursions/Runway Excursions, Environmental Interactions of Airports, and Airport Management and Planning.
NASA DEVELOP -- A NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences training and development program. Students work on Earth science research projects, mentored by science advisors from NASA and partner agencies and extend research results to local communities. The projects demonstrate to community leaders how NASA science measurements and predictions can be utilized to address local policy issues.

·  NASA Science - NASA's Science Mission Directorate has launched this new Web site that provides enhanced and engaging information about NASA's vast scope of scientific endeavors and achievements.

·  Inspire – Connect – Explore” (ICE) for college students. Website designed to showcase real world examples of degrees at work in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and more.  A valuable tool for students to inspire their future and help guide their college careers.  NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) employees have generated profiles to include how their education and experiences have developed their careers. Students can browse by degree, school, or search by subject of interest to find a NASA KSC employee’s profile.

·  Earth from Space - Excellent Earth Photos acquired by astronauts aboard NASA Space Shuttle. Over 315,000 images!
    »  More "Earth Photo" Websites: 1) Earth Observatory, 2) Visible Earth, and 3) Earth Science 'Picture of the Day'

·  Hubble Space Telescope website