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2012 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships Solicitation
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 http://nspires.nasaprs.com/, 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). Refer to Section 6 of the NSTRF12 solicitation for complete eligibility requirements. The fellowship awards are for a maximum period of up to 4 years of support, contingent on satisfactory progress and annual renewal.

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.

Selected candidates will perform graduate student research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers and/or nonprofit U.S. Research and Development (R&D) laboratories. In addition to his or her academic advisor, each student will be matched with a technically relevant and community engaged researcher who will serve as the student’s professional mentor. Through this experience, students will advance their STEM education, gain relevant research experience, and enhance their understanding of the research process. Awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities. If the student is planning to embark on a degree program (e.g., M.S. or Ph.D.) at an academic institution different from his/her current academic institution, he/she is encouraged to work with faculty at the prospective university, or universities, in assembling and submitting packages to this fellowship call.

The financial and programmatic support for NSTRF12 will come from the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist. Awards are planned to coincide with the start of the 2012 academic year and are subject to the availability of appropriated funds.

All applications must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES by an authorized organizational representative (AOR). Applications are due on or before January 11, 2012. Detailed submission instructions (for the faculty advisor, student and authorized organizational representative) are provided under “Other Documents” on the NSPIRES webpage associated with the NSTRF12 solicitation. 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 to hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov. 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.

Good luck, and we look forward to welcoming you into the Space Technology community!