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Announcement of Opportunity


2024 Scholarships

2024 Scholarships

Applications Open: August 11, 2023 November 1, 2023
Application Deadline: October 9, 2023 February 5, 2024
Award Announcement Week: December 1, 2023 March 29, 2024

Undergraduate Research Scholarship Announcement of Opportunity 


$5,000 Spring 2024*
$5,000 Summer 2024*
$5,000 Academic Year 2024-2025*
* Subject to availability of funds


Research awards will be provided to qualified undergraduate students to create and implement a small research study of their own design that is directly related to their interests and career objectives in STEM-related studies supporting NASA Mission Directorates. The student may work alone or with a faculty or research staff advisor; however, the conceptualization and design of the project should be their own. Awards will emphasize effective student research and mentoring arrangements. Students from small colleges and universities, and from departments with newly developing space research infrastructure, are especially encouraged to apply. WSGC will facilitate mentoring arrangements if necessary.

Proposal Evaluation


  • Academic Preparation
  • Letters of Recommendation


  • Strength of Proposal
  • Significance or Value of Proposed Research
  • Research Methods, Budget and Timeline, Including Independence in Research Project
  • Interest in STEM-Related Studies supporting NASA Mission Directorates
  • Student Interest and Background of the Topic

To Apply:

    (applicants will be required to update profile information annually).
  • CREATE a WSGC account
    (applicants will be required to update profile information annually).
  • Sign into your WSGC account and submit an application/supporting documents to the UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH funding program (applicants may apply to multiple funding programs).
  • Provide two letter(s) of recommendation in PDF format through the online application process or confidentially via emailto the WSGC Program Office with subject line UGR24

Application Requirements:

Applicants who meet the following requirements can apply for the UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Enrolled full-time in, admitted to, or applied to any undergraduate program at a WSGC college or university
  • Enrolled in a STEM program of study and demonstrating an interest in aerospace or supporting NASA’s mission
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Proposals that include a GPA of less than 3.0 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis)
  • Completed application online (see Supporting Materials Required with Application below)

*NOTE: Students also applying for the Undergraduate Scholarship Program should submit a statement distinguishing the Undergraduate Research Scholarship from the Undergraduate Scholarship application. WSGC limits the number of individuals eligible to receive both awards.

The Consortium invites applications for UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS funding program. For consideration, application forms must be complete and accompanied by supporting documentation. The Consortium especially encourages applications from members of minority groups, women, and persons with disabilities, and those pursuing STEM-related studies supporting NASA Mission Directorates A technical advisory panel selects award winners based on academic performance and the demonstrated interest in pursuing a STEM career. For consideration, applicants must create a NASA STEM Gateway profile and complete the WSGC UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP application along with supporting documentation.

See a list of current and past award recipients

Supporting Materials Required with Application:

  • Copy of your high school transcript (unofficial is acceptable/incoming Freshman and Sophomores only)
  • Copy of most recent college transcript (unofficial is acceptable/not required for incoming Freshman)
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (Research advisor/another faculty member or teacher, employer, or aerospace professional of your choice)
  • A maximum 10-page proposal containing the following categories and labeled clearly (see Tools & Tips for more information on how to create professional communications and Announcement of Opportunity 2024 for specific details):
  1. Introduction/Summary
  2. Background
  3. Proposed Activities
  4. Time Line

Required Letters of Recommendation: Letter(s) of recommendation may also be emailed to Subject: UGR24_LOR.

Two (2) Letters of Recommendation:

    1. One from a faculty member who advises you on your research related to this scholarship (or academic advisor or high school advisor for incoming freshmen).
    2. One from another faculty member, employer, or aerospace professional of your choice.

Award Acceptance Components:

Submit all reports and required documents to the WSGC application website grant management page under Manage Applications/Current Grant Cycle Applications/Undergraduate Research:

  • Award Acceptance Letter
  • W9 (Carthage College award recipients submit a W4 and I9)
  • Media Release Form
  • One-Paragraph Biography
  • Professional Photo
  • Interim Report
  • 2-3 Project Photos (optional 1-minute video) Featuring Awardee w/Project
  • Final Report

Complete the following tasks:

  • Office of Education Survey must be completed by December 15, 2023
  • Present Project at the Annual Wisconsin Space Conference in August
  • Submit a Proceeding Paper by Sept. 15 th to the Proceedings of the Wisconsin Space Journal
  • Submit a Student Story


Please direct questions about the UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP Program to:

Jeffrey Clark, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Scholarships/Fellowships
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Phone: 920-832-6733

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Carthage College
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 Educational Cooperative Agreement #80NSSC20M0123. 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.

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