NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program (NESSF)


The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (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.

Funding Source




Award amounts & Award process

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.