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Student Internship/Fellowship Stipend Program

Fellowships and Scholarships to South Dakota Students for
STEM Research and Hands-On Internship Opportunities

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South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC)

Deadline Date:

01/14/21 11:59 PM MST Receipt


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Fellowships, internships, and scholarships to South Dakota undergraduate and graduate students learning towards degrees in STEM fields to take part in research, internship, and educational opportunities. Students from underserved groups and women are especially encouraged to apply.

The South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC) NASA Internship and Fellowship stipend program invites applications from U.S. citizens for undergraduate and graduate student stipends associated with the pursuit of degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Research projects must align with NASA’s mission and those of the SDSGC and its affiliates.

Objectives of the program include encouraging under-represented students such as Native Americans and women in STEM-related educational and research fields.  The program offers hands-on, tangible research experiences to student fellowship awardees at NASA Centers, EROS, and industry which will develop skills that contribute to the future workforce.  All students who receive significant fellowship or scholarship assistance from SD Space Grant will be longitudinally tracked through first employment or beginning of advanced degrees.


  • NASA Center Internship stipends funded by Space Grant are available to support 10-week Summer internships, and to support 16-week Fall/Spring semester internships at NASA Centers. Case specific internship stipends may also be provided to students selected for aerospace industry internships.
  • BOREALIS Ballooning Internships will be provided to students participating in Montana Space Grant Consortium’s High-Altitude “Balloon Outreach, Research, Exploration and Landscape Imaging System” (BOREALIS) summer 2021 program.
  • Graduate Research Fellowship stipends will support graduate-level STEM research projects conducted during the academic year and/or summer that must align with at least one of NASA’s Mission Directorate Research Priorities. 
  • Educational stipends for incoming college freshmen, sophomores, and above will support STEM related education during the regular school year. Undergraduate research is allowable, but not required.

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GrantWatch ID#: 178575

Estimated Size of Grant:

All 2021/2022 awards are contingent upon U.S. Congressional approval of the 2021 federal budget and the availability and receipt of FY2021 Space Grant funding from NASA.

- Educational Stipends: $1,000 for incoming college freshmen and up to $2,500 for sophomores and above.
- Graduate Research Fellowship Stipends: Up to $5,000
- NASA Center Internship Stipends: $7,300 (undergraduate students) and $9,000 (graduate students) to support 10-week Summer internships, and $11,680 (undergraduate) and $14,400 (graduate) to support 16-week Fall/Spring semester internships at NASA Centers, plus an additional $1,500 travel allowance to those amounts.
- BOREALIS Ballooning Internships: Up to $7,500

Term of Contract:

The SD Space Grant Consortium Student Internship/Fellowship Stipend Program for FY2021 will take place during the 2021/2022 Academic Year (Summer/Fall 2021 and Spring 2022).

- Internship stipends: Support 10-week Summer internships and 16-week Fall/Spring semester internships.
- Research stipends: Support research projects conducted during the academic year and/or summer.
- Educational stipends: Support educational projects conducted during the regular school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be citizens of the United States. Stipends under this solicitation are available only to students attending South Dakota institutions of higher education during the award period. Women students and students from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

The purpose of both undergraduate and graduate fellowship stipends is to reward past accomplishments and recognize potential future achievements. The stipends are made to individuals and are not to be considered compensation for employment.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Receipt Deadline: January 14, 2021, 11:59 PM MST.
- Award Notification: Anticipated to be announced by March 17, 2021.

Faculty who wish to submit their recommendation letter (item 3) separately rather than giving it to the student to include in their electronic application may do so by uploading the letter in PDF format directly to an online site that only the reviewers will be able to access. The recommendation letters are due by January 14, 2021, 11:59 PM MST. The URL address where the faculty member should upload his/her letter will be sent to that person in a system-generated email message immediately after the student enters that person’s email address on the completed Application Form and clicks “submit”.

Research stipend awardees are expected to produce a publication or presentation at a professional conference (i.e., poster and/or talk).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Questions should be addressed to:

Thomas V. Durkin, Deputy Director
SD Space Grant Consortium
501 E. St. Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701

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