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Astronaut Scholarship

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) was founded in 1984 by the surviving Mercury Seven astronauts. ASF supports undergraduate students in engineering, natural or applied science, or mathematics who intend to pursue research careers or to advance their fields after graduation.
Students can apply for:
Up to $10,000 a year for undergraduate study.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens majoring in mathematics, the natural or applied sciences, or engineering. Sophomores and juniors (based on years remaining until graduation) are eligible, and recipients must be full-time students during the year they receive the scholarship. Applicants must intend to pursue a career in research (medical practice and clinical research careers are ineligible). Applicants must have conducted a significant amount of research in their specific fields. Please view complete eligibility requirements here.
You are a good fit for the Astronaut Scholarship if you:
  • Demonstrate research ability and creativity
  • Are highly motivated and have achieved excellence in a STEM field
  • Have a 3.8 or higher GPA

You must submit the following materials to natlfellows@tamu.edu by Monday, February 15th, in order to be considered for nomination:
  • Resume (including current and permanent addresses, education, research experience, co-curricular activities, honors and awards, and community service)
  • Personal Essay (personal interests, activities, hobbies, and goals; one page; 12 point type; narrative style)
  • Nomination letter from TAMU faculty member (should include your research achievements)
  • Recommendation Letter from TAMU faculty member (should include your research achievements)
  • Unofficial transcript (from Howdy)
If selected as a university nominee, you will submit an official transcript, a copy of your passport or birth certificate, and a completed financial form to Dr. Datta by Thursday, March 10th.

Current Timeline
  • Material due to natlfellows@tamu.edu: 8:00 a.m., Monday, February 15th
  • Selection communicated: Tuesday, February 23rd
  • Final material due to Dr. Datta: Thursday, March 10th
  • Nominations due to ASF: Monday, March 14th

Campus Contact
Dr. Suma Datta, executive director of LAUNCH: sumad@tamu.edu
Additional Information
  • Rather than applying directly for the fellowship, students must be nominated by faculty to be considered for the university nomination.
  • University nomination is required, and Texas A&M can nominate up to 2 students.
  • Students who receive the scholarship as juniors can apply to renew the scholarship for another (senior) year.
  • Students in aeronautical/astronautical fields or who intend to become astronauts do not receive special consideration for this fellowship.
  • Texas A&M is one of only 32 universities to which the ASF awards scholarships.