NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF)

The goal of NSTRF is to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate students who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration and economic future. NASA Space Technology Fellows will perform innovative, space-technology research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers and/or at nonprofit U.S. Research and Development (R&D) laboratories. Awards are made in the form of training grants to accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees, with the faculty advisor serving as the principal investigator.

In addition to his/her faculty advisor, each student will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged researcher, usually at a NASA Center, who will serve as the student’s professional research collaborator. The research collaborator will serve as the conduit into the larger technical community corresponding to the student’s research interests.

The visiting technologist experience is an integral part of a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship. Ten weeks per year is the target duration, though the actual weeks chosen (number and timeframe during the year) will depend upon the student, his/her faculty advisor, and the NASA or R&D lab research collaborator.

Application Deadline: November

Year at Time of Application: 
Senior or Beyond, Grad Student, Recent Alum
Duration of Award: 
Full Year or More
No Preference, Graduate Study, Research
Direct Submission
Area of Interest: 
Engineering, Environmental and Geosciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Statistics
Earliest Application Deadline: 
Sept. – Dec.
Penn-State Sponsored: 
Fellowship Components: 
Graduate School