Undergraduate Research Apprenticeships

The Alaska Space Grant Program (ASGP), a participant in the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, invites applications from U. S. citizens for undergraduate research apprenticeship stipends. These stipends are offered to undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) fields. Preference is given to projects directly related to NASA's interests. Stipends available under this announcement are limited to students attending Alaska institutions of higher education.

While all qualified students are encouraged to apply, women and individuals from underrepresented groups, specifically, Alaska Natives, Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Students are required to identify a faculty mentor with whom they intend to work, and who is available, to write a letter of collaboration. Please provide any potential faculty mentors the Letter to Potential Mentors. The letter of collaboration from a faculty mentor must address the items discussed in this letter. The faculty mentor must provide a letter of collaboration agreeing to serve in the capacity of mentor for the duration of the award.

Application Documents

Dates | Deadlines

Application Deadlines 

All application materials, including supporting documentation, must be received at the ASGP office by the stated deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis until all the Apprenticeship funds have been awarded.

  • September 15 for Academic Year Applications
  • March 1 for Summer Applications

Award Announcement Dates

Applicants will be notified of award decisions by email. The awards will be made payable to the student directly. Award information will be reported to the appropriate Office of Financial Aid and may affect the student's financial aid package.

  • October 15 or Academic Year Applications
  • April 1 for Summer Applications

Eligibility and U.S. Citizenship Requirement

Fellowship/Scholarships are open to undergraduate students who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Enrolled at an Alaskan institution of higher education during the period of the award.
  • Good academic standing
  • U.S. Citizen

Review | Selection Process

The ASGP office evaluates the eligibility of all applications received. Qualified applications will be reviewed by the individual institutions that make recommendations for funding to the ASGP Director based on the quality of the applications as reflected in the review criteria. The final award decision will be at the discretion of the ASGP Director. Preference may be given to women and individuals from under-represented groups.

Review Criteria

Applications are ranked based on the following criteria:

  • Proposed project merit
  • Strength of recommendations
  • Scholastic achievement

Requirements

Award recipients agree to:

  • Students will be required to give a presentation of their project at a public forum within two months of the end of their fellowship period. Students may satisfy this requirement by attending the Alaska Space Grant Symposium. Alaska Space Grant (ASGP) must be notified of the presentation prior to the event.
  • Students should plan to present a poster at the annual Alaska Space Grant Symposium. The Symposium is typically in mid to late April. Please contact the ASGP office for location and dates. Travel costs will be provided by ASGP.
  • At the end of the stipend period, the student must submit a written report on their project to the ASGP office. A presented poster of their project may be submitted in lieu of a written report. Both the written report and/or poster will be posted on the Alaska Space Grant Program website. The report/poster should include results of the project and a list of any other presentations and papers published. Report/poster must be submitted by May 1 for academic year awards and September 1 for summer awards in PDF format.
  • Notify ASGP of any changes in mailing address, e-mail address, or telephone number for purposes of progress reports.
  • Additional survey/questionnaire documents will be sent periodically to student awardees via email to conduct longitudinal tracking of students supported by ASGP funding. The longitudinal tracking survey/questionnaire in an on-line document and the email message sent to the student will give instruction on how to access it. This will also assist in improving the quality of the Consortium’s student award program.
  • Grant permission to release and/or publish requested recipient information to NASA or other appropriate parties.
  • Acknowledge Alaska Space Grant Program support in any presentations or publications that the student develops as a result of his/her Space Grant-supported research project. This acknowledgement should state that: "This material is based in part upon work supported by the Alaska Space Grant Program.”

Funding Awards are subject to availability of NASA funding.

For More Information Please email ASGP at uaf-spacegrant@alaska.edu or call us at 907-474-6833.