FY23 Vermont Space Grant Graduate Fellowship Recipients

Applications are currently closed. Please check back in the Fall of 2022 for updates on the next cycle.

The Vermont Space Grant Consortium (VTSGC) offers a yearly competition for Graduate Fellowships for the twelve month period July 1 to June 30. This competition is open to U.S. graduate students enrolled in M.S. and Ph.D. programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines within the State of Vermont.1

I. Program Overview

The goals of this program are two-fold: (1) to help prepare the next generation of researchers in STEM disciplines; and (2) to provide the graduate student a research experience that strongly aligns with NASA research priorities and technology needs. The proposal for a VTSGC Graduate Fellowship shall be written by the graduate student with collaborative support by a faculty mentor.  Awards will be made directly to the student.

II. Eligibility

Per NASA requirements for the National Space Grant Program, graduate students funded by this competition must be US citizens and enrolled full-time in a graduate program within a STEM discipline. Female students, members of underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines, and/or persons with a disability are especially encouraged to apply. Faculty serving as research mentors will be full-time faculty in STEM disciplines.

III. Amount and Period of Support

Subject to the timely arrival of NASA annual funding installments, these awards will provide the graduate fellow a stipend for a maximum of 12 months anticipated to span from July 1 of the award year to June 30 of the following year. For University of Vermont graduate fellows, the projected 12-month stipend is $32,000. The award also includes up to $12,2942 for tuition costs and $2,6943 for health insurance. For non-UVM graduate fellows attending another Vermont institution, the (projected) total amount of the stipend/funding is $46,988.

1The availability and number of these awards are subject to future NASA funding.    

2Amount is based on 18 credits at current in-state tuition rates. This amount could change.

3Health insurance costs are subject to change each year. This amount could change.

IV. The Proposal Packet

The completed proposal packet should include the following items:

  1. Signed Cover Page. Use the form included with the call for proposals.
  2. Project Narrative (limit of four pages, exclusive of citations). A narrative providing a description of the project to be undertaken, its significance, methods and expected outcomes. Include any relevant prior work done by the student and/or the faculty mentor’s research group.
  3. NASA Relevance. (limit of one page, exclusive of any external letters/emails) Provide evidence that the proposed project is aligned with a new or continuing NASA research priority or technical need. For example, the applicant may cite a current or pending NASA Research Announcement (NRA) or include an email of support from a NASA researcher to demonstrate NASA interest. 
  4. Student Resume (limit of two pages).
  5. Student Academic Transcript. Established graduate students shall provide a copy of their graduate transcript; first year graduate students shall also provide a copy of their undergraduate transcript. An unofficial transcript is acceptable.

V. Electronic Application Procedure

The application packet must be submitted electronically to the Space Grant Office no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline (stay tuned for the next round of applications, expected to be announced in Fall 2022). The application packet described in Section IV must be saved as a single PDF file and emailed to both the Space Grant Office to Program Administrator Ellen KW Brennan, PhD (Ellen.Brennan@uvm.edu) and Director Bernard F. Cole, PhD (SG.Director@uvm.edu) in a single joint email.

VI. Obligations Associated with Funding

Recipients of the fellowship, in collaboration with their faculty mentor, will be required to provide written progress updates to the Space Grant Director during the award period as needed to comply with NASA reporting requests. A Final Report will be due within thirty (30) days of the end of the award period. Students will also have to complete a Vermont Space Grant Student Profile Form. This information will be used to complete a mandated report for the NASA Office of STEM Engagement.  

Please contact Prof. Bernard Cole, Director of the Vermont Space Grant Consortium (802) 656-0054 or bfcole@uvm.edu) if further information is required.


VTSGC Graduate Research Fellowships 2021-2022

Student Bio

Degree ProgramDepartmentProject Title & Final Report
Matthew GrassoPhDPlant Biology DepartmentObserving the impact different mechanical stress fields have on the cortical microtubule organization of regenerating plant protoplasts. 
Diego Javier-JiménezPhDChemistryFacile Route to Non-Oxide Ceramics
Matthew ReuterPhDChemistryMain Group Element-Element Heterdehydrocoupling 
Alaina RobertsPhDCivil & Environmental EngineeringStructural Fatigue Monitoring, Modeling and Prediction
Jena StaabMSElectrical & Biomedical EngineeringDesign of a Software Defined Radio Based Radiometer
Robert Worley, IIPhDCivil & Environmental EngineeringA continuation into microbial alteration of extraterrestrial regolith simulants for cementation and induced cohesive in support of NASA's in-situ resource utilization efforts

Past Awardees