NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP)


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.

Funding Source: 
How to Apply: 

All new and renewal applicants must follow the on-line application process. This process requires applicants to complete the on-line GSRP application form and to upload other required documents. Some documents cannot be submitted electronically and must be mailed. These include official transcripts, Faculty Research Adviser letter of recommendation, and the University Signature Form. Applicants must submit these accompanying materials for each research topic on or before 5:00 PM EST March 1. See also:


Announcement date is November 1 with application deadline of March 1.

Award amounts & Award process: 

When awarded, funds are administered by LPL Business Office.

Awards are renewable for one year for a M.S. Degree and two years for a Ph.D. upon satisfactory academic advancement, research progress, and available funding. All applications are due annually, by the deadline posted on the GSRP Website.

The student stipend may cover tuition, room and board, books, software, meal plans, school and laboratory supplies, and other related expenses. The student allowance may be used for national and international conferences and data collection. The University Allowance is a discretionary award made to the university via the Research Adviser, who becomes the Principal Investigator for the GSRP Training Grant. NASA recognizes the need for adequate health insurance, and has included an allowance not to exceed $1,000 to assist with this cost. In cases where students already have health insurance, the $1,000 may be added to the stipend or to student travel to NASA Centers and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The NASA GSRP Manager must approve alternative uses of GSRP funding. The GSRP Fellowship supports graduate education, and does not provide university overhead. GSRP funds may not be used for the purchase of any equipment, including computers.