2007-2008 NESSF Program
NASA is accepting applications for the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program.

The NESSF fellowships are available in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science and astrophysics. Students admitted to, or already enrolled in, full-time master's or doctoral programs in Earth science, space science or related disciplines at accredited U.S. universities are eligible to apply.

A photo of the bright orange sun with a large loop of gas extending into space
The NESSF program solicits research involving data collected by space-based instruments during current and past NASA missions, relevant ground-based data and laboratory experiments, and theoretical modeling. Investigations that support instrumentation development relevant to future missions are also encouraged.

Image to right: Heliophysics is one of the many disciplines eligible for study under the NESSF project. Credit: NASA

NASA will award training grants of up to $24,000 for the 2007-2008 academic year. The grants may be renewed at amounts up to $30,000 per year for no more than two additional years. Renewal is contingent upon academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor.

Grants are made directly to the university, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. Fellowship money may be used toward a student's stipend, living and educational expenses, travel expenses to scientific conferences, tuition and fees, health insurance and books. Grants may not be used to buy equipment, or to acquire or construct facilities.

Criteria for selection includes the scientific merit of the proposed research, the relevance of the proposed research to NASA objectives in Earth or space science, and academic excellence based on transcripts and letter of recommendation from the student's faculty advisor.

The advisor must initiate the proposal for the student in the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System, also known as NSPIRES. The university, advisor and student must first register with NSPIRES.

New applications are due by Feb. 1, 2007. Renewal applications are due by March 15, 2007. Announcement of new fellowships is projected for May 18, 2007, with announcement of renewal fellowships targeted for June 15, 2007.

Electronic application is required. For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com, click on "Solicitations," then click on "Open Solicitations," and select "NESSF 07."

Dan Stillman, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies