The NESSF fellowships are available in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science and astrophysics. Students admitted to, or already enrolled in, full-time M.S. or Ph.D. programs in Earth science, space science or related disciplines at accredited U.S. universities are eligible to apply.
The NESSF program solicits research involving data collected by space-based instruments during current and past NASA missions, relevant ground-based data and laboratory experiments, and theoretical modeling. Investigations that support instrumentation development relevant to future missions are also encouraged.
Electronic application is required. For more information, visit the website, click on "Solicitations," then click on "Open Solicitations."
Criteria for selection includes the scientific merit of the proposed research, the relevance of the proposed research to NASA objectives in Earth or space science, and academic excellence based on transcripts and letter of recommendation from the student’s faculty advisor.
The advisor must initiate the proposal for the student in the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System, also known as NSPIRES.
When awarded, funds are administered by LPL Business Office.
Grants are made directly to the university, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. Fellowship money may be used toward a student’s stipend, living and educational expenses, travel expenses to scientific conferences, tuition and fees, health insurance and books. Grants may not be used to buy equipment, or to acquire or construct facilities.