Astronaut Scholarship: For second- and third-year undergraduates engaged in STEM research

The Astronaut Scholarship was established in 1984 by the astronauts of NASA's Mercury 7 mission to promote U.S. leadership in science and technology by supporting top college students in STEM fields. Astronaut Scholars receive up to $15,000 for one year, with the potential for renewal for a second year if won as a sophomore.

Candidates should exhibit motivation, demonstrated potential, and exceptional creativity in a field of the natural or applied sciences, mathematics; have considerable research experience in their specific field; and intend to pursue a career in STEM research. Students aiming to earn an MD and practice medicine are not eligible; however, those intending to pursue an MD-PhD and perform biomedical research may apply. Applicants should be planning to be enrolled full time during both semesters of prospective ASF funding at the nominating institution. U.S. citizenship is required.

For more information about the Astronaut Scholarship, eligibility, and campus application process, visit the Astronaut Scholarship page on the JHU National Fellowships Program (NFP) website.

Interested students should email to request access to the NFP's Astronaut Applicants' Canvas site (please include your JHED if you are not using your JHU email to send the request) and plan to submit a brief pre-application by 9 a.m. on Feb. 6. The pre-application and additional information are available on the Canvas site.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Kathleen Barry ( at the National Fellowships Program.