Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF)

APPLY HERE: GRF Application

All applications will be due by midnight on Monday, January 29, 2024.

Faculty Letters of Recommendation are due Monday, February 5, 2024.

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The Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) is designed to help meet the continuing needs of the aeronautics and space effort by increasing the number of highly trained scientists and engineers in aerospace, space science, space applications and space technology. The GRF Program awards assistantships for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering.

Fellowship money awarded by the SC Space Grant Consortium will be administered through the your institution’s Grants and Sponsored Programs Offices. Indirect charges (IDCs) are NOT ALLOWED on any SC Space Grant student awards. A maximum of $16,000 will be awarded from the SC Space Grant Consortium, which must be matched 1:1 by the host institution with non-federal funds, the total being applied toward a graduate assistantship, totaling $32,000. In an effort to make the fellowship prestigious, one with the potential to attract and hold the best and brightest students, a requirement is that the stipend amount of $26,000 out of $32,000. A signature from the official responsible for committing the institution is required for the application.
Outreach Requirement for ALL student awardees:
We are now requiring that you participate in at least one Outreach/Public Engagement activity event during your award period. SC Space Grant participates in many events each year, and you may join us at any time. Past events include the Charleston STEM festival, Camp Happy Days Summer camp, and the NASA STEM Expo. You may work with our main office or your campus director to locate an event of your choosing. These events will provide you with a great opportunity to share your enthusiasm for NASA and for STEM with the general public.
Please contact the main SC Space Grant office and your SC Space Grant campus director for information regarding upcoming outreach events in your area.
All applicants must be either full-time graduate students enrolled in an accredited consortium member institution or an applicant for full time admission to a Masters or Doctorate program in an accredited consortium member institution. Applicants must be citizens of the U.S. (see U.S. citizenship requirements here). An individual accepting this award may not concurrently receive other Federal fellowships or traineeships. Underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.
Proposal Requirements
Proposals for the GRF must be written by the student. Continuing students are advised to enlist the aid of their faculty advisor for guidance, review, and commentary on the written material prior to submission. Students who have applied for admission to graduate school, but have not begun their first semester, must identify a faculty member who has agreed to be their faculty advisor and who can provide a written description of the proposed research and a budget. Required components include:

  • Resume
  • Education Information to include unofficial transcripts
  • Faculty Advisor Information
  • Research Proposal (no more than 3 pages-references not included in page count):
    • General outline of the project
    • Research methods to be used
    • Goals and expected results
    • Project timeline
    • Relevance to NASA
  • 1 letter of recommendation, which MUST be from your faculty member research project mentor who will oversee your project. A post-doc or PhD student is not eligible to submit this letter.
    Faculty Letters of Recommendation are due Monday, February 5, 2024.
  • References are outside of the 3-page limit.
  • Research Term
    Awarded for a period of one year starting in either May or August (prorated if anticipated tenure is less than 12 months). You must perform 400 hours, or more, on the research project.
  • Application Type
    New or Renewal – renewals are available on a competitive basis for a total of three years, contingent on the availability of funds and on satisfactory progress as reflected in performance evaluations. For Renewals—please include a paragraph detailing your current project outcomes and the importance to NASA of receiving a renewal.
  • Budget
    The total annual requested amount (SC Space Grant + institutional, non-federal match) cannot exceed $32,000. This amount should include the student’s annual stipend, not less than $26,000/year and may also include an allowance for additional research-related expenses, not to exceed $6,000. The allowance may be used to help defray tuition costs, purchase books and software, or to provide per diem and travel for the student. Requests for the allowance must be fully justified. Alternative uses for this allowance may be requested but must be consistent with the intent of the program. Funds awarded through the SC Space Grant Consortium must be applied towards the student stipend only. The required 1-to-1matching funds may be applied towards the student’s stipend and allowance. A signature from the official responsible for committing the institution is required for the application. *Indirect charges (IDCs) are NOT ALLOWED on the Graduate Research Fellowship.

Proposal Formatting Guidelines:
• Must be single-space, in English, use a font of at least 12 point (no more than ~15 characters per inch horizontally and 5.5 lines per inch vertically)
• Must use standard 1” margins on all sides
• 10 mb file size max for each proposal, must be an unlocked and searchable pdf file
Reporting Requirements

  • SC Space Grant Awardees are required to submit a final report of their research and outreach activities at the end of the research term.
  • SC Space Grant Awardees are required to present their work at a research symposium or conference.
  • If selected to participate in this program you agree to participate in the South Carolina Space Grant Longitudinal Tracking program that is designed to monitor student progress from award through first employment.

For more information, please contact: Ms. Tara B. Scozzaro, MPA Program Manager
phone: 843.953.5463 | email: