Status Report

NSTRF – Fall 2012 Fellowship Start Solicitation Now Open

By SpaceRef Editor
November 9, 2011
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters has released a solicitation, entitled NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) – Fall 2012 Fellowship Start, on November 4, 2011. The solicitation is available by opening the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at, selecting “Solicitations,” then selecting “Open Solicitations,” and, finally, selecting “NSTRF12.” To go directly to the NSTRF12 page on NSPIRES click here.

NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic goals and missions.

This call for graduate fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of highly qualified individuals pursuing or planning to pursue Master’s (e.g., M.S.) or Doctoral (e.g., Ph.D.) degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at their respective institutions. This fellowship opportunity is open to students pursuing advanced degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The fellowship awards are for a maximum period of up to 4 years of support, contingent on satisfactory progress and the availability of appropriated funds.

The goal of NSTRF is to provide the nation with a pipeline of highly skilled engineers and technologists to improve America’s technological competitiveness. NASA Space Technology Fellows will perform innovative space technology research while building the skills necessary to become future technological leaders. OCT is interested in attracting graduate students that are committed to developing innovative technologies for the aerospace sector and to being part of NASA‚s technological future by working on high priority technologies to sustainably explore space.

All applications must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES by an authorized organizational representative (AOR). Applications are due on or before January 11, 2012. Potential applicants, their advisors and proposing organizations are urged to access the electronic proposal system well in advance of the application due date to familiarize themselves with its structure and to enter the requested information.

Comments and questions may be sent via e-mail to Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and may also be included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document located on the NSPIRES page associated with the solicitation; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.

SpaceRef staff editor.