Dissertation and Thesis Improvement Fellowship

2020-21 Dissertation and Thesis Improvement Fellowship

The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) plans to award Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Fellowships in areas of space science and engineering. Proposals must align with the topics of interest to NASA. These grants provide partial support of Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation research for improvement beyond the already existing project.

Proposals whose focus falls within topics of interest to NASA would be considered for evaluation. The duration cannot be more than 1 year and the maximum fellowship amount is $5000. There are no indirect costs.

These awards are intended to provide supplemental funds for items not normally available from the student’s university or other sources. They are not intended to provide the total costs of a student’s dissertation research. Allowable items include travel to specialized facilities or field research locations and professional meetings, use of specialized  research equipment, purchase of laboratory supplies and services not otherwise  available, the hiring of field or laboratory assistants, fees for software licenses (valid for the duration of the fellowship period only), and rental of environmental chambers or other research facilities.

Funds also may be used for textbooks, journal subscription (valid for the duration of the fellowship), or dissertation preparation or reproduction. Funds cannot be used for salaries or tuition.

  • Notice of intent (not binding): Email the title of the research and abstract (250 words) to  fsgc@ucf.edu by April 24, 2020.
  • Electronic submission of Proposals due by May 22, 2020
  • Anticipated award announcement: July 17, 2020 (subject to availability of the 2020 NASA funds)
1 ANOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY Learn about the program, its eligibility requirements, how to apply and reporting requirements.
(Adobe PDF Format and Word Document)
2 RESEARCH OPPORTUNITITES Find the best matching research opportunity at various NASA centers  
3 ONLINE APPLICATION Read detailed instructions to register and successfully complete your online application.


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