Who Can Apply:
- Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students attending a 4-year accredited college or university in the United States at the time the award is received.
- Applicants must be majoring in a field of science or engineering, including life sciences or science education, with application to fields in space science or aerospace engineering.
- Applicants must be within two years of a B.S. or B.A. in a space science related field of science or engineering (including life science and science education with application to fields in space science or aerospace engineering) by the time the award is received.
- Applicants must have a Cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater.
- Applicants must be US citizens or lawful Permanent Residents.
- Previous USRA scholarship winners are not eligible.
- Non-US students attending USRA Member Universities located outside the United States are also eligible to apply. Applicants must be citizens of the country in which the university is based. In addition, all application materials must be in English, and eligibility with regard to academic grades and number of years to undergraduate degree must be equivalent to that for U.S. applicants. We recognize the differences in education systems among different countries and will apply reasonable interpretations of the guidelines. (The eligible non-US universities are University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University of Leicester, University of Sheffield, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Stuttgart, University of Cologne, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, University of Canterbury, University of Bern, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Seoul National University, and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST.)
- A completed application form. Only completed application forms will be considered.
- A one page (< 600 words) statement stating the applicant’s career goals, and relevant past accomplishments and education in the field of space research, aerospace related engineering, or space science education. Please include the applicant’s name at the top of the page.
- A half-page (< 325 words) description of particular examples of extra-curricular activities that demonstrate leadership or having a broader impact. These may include K-12 activities, community outreach, mentoring, a space science or engineering club/organization, advancing diversity in STEM with regard to gender and/or minorities, or other ways of giving back to the community. Note that the quality and impact of the activity are more important than the number of activities. Limit is no more than three examples. Please include the applicant’s name at the top of the page.
- Two letters of recommendation with at least one from a professor, mentor, or school official at the college level. We recommend the letter writers be personally familiar with the applicant’s accomplishments, performance, skills, character, and/or experience. A letter from a research/project advisor is also recommended. NOTE: Application forms should be submitted with enough lead time for references to submit letters of recommendation before the August 18 deadline. See instructions below for details.
- An official college transcript showing two or more years of college credits including GPA. The transcript should include grades from the Spring 2021 semester. If the two or more years include credits transferred from another university, college, or community college, a transcript from that institution should also be submitted.
Deadline: August 11, 2021