Maine Space Grant Consortium Fellowship and Scholarship Program  

at the University of Maine  Space Grant Year


The Maine Space Grant Consortium is an affiliate of NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The mission of the Maine Space Grant Consortium is to support NASA’s mission and four strategic enterprises by strengthening Maine’s aerospace related research and education assets, which are critical to the Agency.

Purpose of the Fellowship & Scholarship Program

The purpose of the Maine Space Grant Consortium Fellowship and Scholarship Programs at the University of Maine is to provide research opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in aerospace technology, space science, earth science, and human exploration/space development, and other science or engineering related fields.   With Maine Space Grant Fellowships and Scholarships support, undergraduate and graduate students at affiliate institutions may:

  • Conduct research in areas of interest to NASA,
  • Spend time conducting research at a NASA flight center,
  • Facilitate the development of a liaison between researchers at the University of Maine and one of NASA’s centers, and
  • Facilitate technology transfer from the University of Maine to industry.

All applications submitted to this program will be critically evaluated based on their relevance to NASA’s mission for the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. Collaboration with researchers at NASA Space flight centers is highly encouraged as well as collaboration with industry, among departments within the same institution, and among institutions within the State of Maine. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply to this program. The following pages detail the intent, requirements, and awards for the Maine Space Grant Consortium Fellowship and Scholarship Programs at the University of Maine.

Maine Space Grant Consortium UMaine Program Graduate Research Fellowship

The focus of the proposed project must be aligned with the research priorities of NASA’s earth and space science strategic enterprises. The project may be an ongoing one or a new project. Proposals will be reviewed and awarded on an annual basis. The graduate research fellow and a faculty advisor shall agree to provide the end data for the project in the form of a final project report.


For a student to be eligible for a Graduate Research Fellowship Award, the following criteria must be met:

  • The student must be a US citizen, and
  • The student must be enrolled or intending to enroll on a full-time basis in an approved graduate program at the University of Maine.

Duration of a Graduate Research Fellowship Award

Fellowships are available for a period of one semester. The limit for any given student is two awards. 

Amount of Awards

Graduate fellowships of $6,000 each are available and act as a Research Assistantship Supplement. Priority will be given to ongoing fellowships. Tuition support, health insurance, travel, or supplies are not included. This award is only to cover stipend. Maximum number of awards is 2 per student.

Deadline for Submission

Please provide electronic submission of the application prior to March  deadline. Submission must be made online using this link: MSGC YR27 SUMMER CFP

Graduate Application Instructions

Each application should include the following components:

  • Standard cover page (online application) including project summary (2000 character limit)
  • Upload and attach the following components to the online application
    • Narrative description of the project (1-4 pages)
    • Student resume (should include relevant courses taken or enrolled in)
    • Student transcript(s)
    • Recommendation Letter from your Faculty Supervisor
    • Commitment Letter/e-mail from collaborating researcher and affiliated NASA Field Center or indication that student/faculty is working on securing a NASA collaborator

It is required that students contact a faculty supervisor prior to writing of the proposal

Undergraduate Application Instructions

If you are an undergraduate student interested in MSGC, apply through the undergraduate fellowship page and the form linked there. The form will have an option to confirm if your research project has applications in Aerospace, Space Sciences or Engineering.

Review Process

Proposals should be written so that a reviewer who is not in the same technical field can understand the goals, objectives, and scope of work, anticipated resources, and benefits to the body of knowledge or science. For an undergraduate scholarship a statement should be made regarding your motivation to pursue graduate studies. A subcommittee appointed by the MSGC University of Maine Representative will conduct the proposal selection.

Proposal Selection Criteria

An applicant must provide justification about how the project will enhance the research areas in which NASA has an interest. A strong application will provide a  clear correlation to mission directorates and will include collaboration with a NASA field center.  For information regarding the mission directorates and links to the field centers go to:

The following criteria will be central to the evaluation of all proposals:

  • Quality of the proposal narrative.
  • How well the proposal narrative demonstrates alignment with NASA mission directorates.
  • The qualifications of the student.
  • Level of faculty supervision.
  • Level of NASA collaboration (preferred not required).

Contact Information

Questions shall be directed via Email to or by phone at 207-581- 3583.

You can also stop by CUGR office at 207 Crossland Hall.