The NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) awards fellowships (also called GSRP Training Grants in what follows) for graduate study leading to masters or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering related to NASA research and development. This twelve month award requires students to participate in a 10 week NASA Center or HQ-based research experience at the NASA Center/HQ extending the GSRP Fellowship award.
The goal of the GSRP is to cultivate research ties to the academic community, to help meet the continuing needs of national aeronautics and space requirements by increasing the number of highly trained scientists and engineers in aeronautics and space-related disciplines, and to meet the Nation’s need to increase the number of highly trained teachers.
Research opportunities described on the GSRP website are assessed and updated annually to complement the mission requirements of NASA. Research areas are in disciplines that lead to aeronautics and space careers.
The program will support approximately 140 graduate students annually. NASA scientists and engineers and NASA Center and HQ education specialists evaluate applications on the basis of academic transcripts, research proposals, University Faculty Research Advisors recommendations, and the proposed utilization of a NASA Center or HQ or university research facilities.
Mentoring and research experiences are important aspects of the GSRP Fellowship. Centers may host students any time during the twelve month award period; however, the schedule may vary depending on each Center’s capacity. Recipients of the GSRP Training Grant must coordinate the schedule for the center-based research experience with the center mentor and the center GSRP Coordinator. Students will not receive additional funds for time spent at the center.