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Student Internship and 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:

01/15/20 11:59 PM MST Receipt


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Fellowships and scholarships to South Dakota undergraduate and graduate students to take part in research, internship, and educational opportunities as they pursue their degrees in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). 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 student stipends available to students attending South Dakota institutions of higher education. Research projects and internships must align with NASA’s mission and those of the SDSGC and its affiliates. 

The goal of the program is to administer a fellowship/scholarship program for students from diverse backgrounds. 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. 
  • 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.

Higher priority will be given to applications for NASA Internships and Graduate Research Fellowships over Educational stipends.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178575

Estimated Size of Grant:

All 2019/2020 awards are contingent upon U.S. Congressional approval of the 2019 federal budget and the availability and receipt of FY2019 Space Grant funding from NASA.

- NASA Center Internship stipends that are fully-funded by Space Grant are provided in the standardized amounts of $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.
- Graduate Research Fellowship stipends are provided at amounts up to $5,000 and will support graduate-level STEM research projects conducted during the academic year and/or summer.
- Educational stipends in the amount of $1,000 for incoming college freshmen and up to $2,500 for sophomores and above will support STEM related education during the regular school year.

Term of Contract:

The SD Space Grant Consortium Student Internship/Fellowship Stipend Program for FY2020 will take place during the 2020/2021 Academic Year (Summer/Fall 2020 & Spring 2021).

- 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:

Stipends under this solicitation are available only to students attending South Dakota institutions of higher education during the award period.

All applicants must be citizens of the United States.

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 15, 2020, 11:59 p.m. MST.
- Award Notification: Anticipated to be announced by March 9, 2020.

Faculty that wish to submit their recommendation letter 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 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 Application Form and clicks the submit button.) The recommendation letters are also due by January 15, 2020, 11:59 p.m. MST.

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.

To apply online:

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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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Dakota