WSGC Graduate & Professional Research Fellowship
Announcement of Opportunity 2016-2017
Applications Open: November 14, 2016
Submission Deadline: February 6, 2017
Award Announcements: April 7, 2017
- 2017 Summer Research: Up to $5000
- 2017-2018 Academic-Year Research: Up to $5000
*Based on availability of funds.
Purpose: Partial research fellowship awards to support outstanding students enrolled in a graduate or professional degree granting program at a Wisconsin member institution pursuing aerospace, space science, or other interdisciplinary space-related independent research or design.
To Apply: To apply for this fellowship, you must a) register online, b) apply online, and c) provide two letter(s) of recommendation in PDF format through the online application process or via Email with subject line RFP17_LOR.
- U.S. citizen
- Enrolled full-time in, admitted to, or applied to any graduate or professional degree granting program at a WSGC college or university
- Minimum 3.0 GPA (Proposals that include a GPA of less than 3.0 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis)
- Above average GRE, MCAT, or equivalent scores
- Research or design in a field related to space or aerospace
- Completed application packet (see Supporting Materials Required with Application below)
The Consortium invites applications for WSGC Graduate & Professional Research Fellowship Program Awards for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Consortium especially encourages applications from members of minority groups, women, persons with disabilities, and from those pursuing interdisciplinary aerospace studies in, but not limited to, engineering, the sciences, architecture, law, business, nursing and medicine. Award winners will be chosen based on academic performance, aerospace-related promise, and the demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in STEM/aerospace. For consideration, the application form must be complete and be accompanied by supporting documentation.
Supporting Materials Required with Application:
- Include a two- to four-page proposal containing the following (see Tools & Tips for more information on how to create professional communications):
(a) A clear, concise statement of the space, aerospace, or space-related research, technology, or design project in which you will be engaged or you propose to conduct during the period of this award (indicate if this research is directly involved with the degree your are pursuing). Include how your independent research, at least in a broad sense, aligns with NASA Directorate or Center goals.
(b) Tasks, schedules and clearly stated expected results.
(c) Evidence of previous interest and experience in space-related studies.
(d) The significance/value of your work for the space/aerospace field.
- Complete academic resume containing previous degrees, majors or areas of concentration, name and address of institutions, publications if any, etc., as well as relevant work experiences and accomplishments (see Tools & Tips for more information on how to create a resume).
- One-page Budget Summary (for your independent research that should be for your sole benefit):
(a) Provide a brief explanation of any major expenditure items. Any travel or other expenses should be related to your research. You may request living stipends, tuition offsets, supplies and expenses, and similar sorts of funding. WSGC will support travel to and from the Wisconsin Space conference only if expenses are included in the budget proposal.
(b) International travel, computers and salary are not allowable expenses under NASA training grants such as WSGC.
- Copies (unofficial are acceptable) of your undergraduate transcript(s)
- Copies (unofficial are acceptable) of your graduate transcript(s), including most recent
- Certification Page (Download, sign, and scan for upload)
Required Letters of Recommendation
Letter(s) of recommendation may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: RFP17_LOR.
- Two (2) letters of recommendation:
(a) One from your academic advisor or mentor stating his or her willingness to supervise your space, aerospace or space-related project and a description of his or her advisory role.
(b) One from another faculty member, employer, or aerospace professional familiar with your proposed area of work.
Award Acceptance Components: As part of your award acceptance, you will be asked to attend the Annual Wisconsin Space Conference in August 2017 and submit the following documents to your Grant Management page on the WSGC Grant Application page:
- Award Acceptance Letter
- Media Release Form
- One-Paragraph Biography
- Professional Photo
- Interim Report
- Present project at the Annual Wisconsin Space Conference in August
- Submit a Proceeding Paper by Sept. 15th to the Proceedings of the Wisconsin Space Journal
If you have questions about the WSGC Graduate & Professional Research Fellowship Program, please contact:
Lindsay McHenry, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Scholarships/Fellowships
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
2001 Alford Park Drive
Kenosha, WI 53140
Phone: (262) 551-6054
This funding opportunity is made available for the pursuit of space-related research and/or activities through the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program: NASA Training Grant #NNX15AJ12H. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number for this award is 43.008.
All awards are fully competitive awards of opportunity in which applications are reviewed by the WSGC Technical Advisory Panel and other experts as needed. Awards are made by the Assistant Director based on recommendations from the Associate Director.