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California Space Grant College and Fellowship Program

UCLA Branch

Director: C. T. Russell, email:

The University of California has been selected as the California consortium member of the National Space Grant College Program administered by NASA. The program objectives are to:
(1) establish a national network of universities with interests and capabilities in aeronautics, space and related fields;
(2) to encourage cooperative programs among universities, aerospace industry, and federal, state and local governments;
(3) encourage interdisciplinary training, research and public-service programs related to aerospace;
(4) recruit and train professionals, especially women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities for careers in aerospace science and technology; and
(5) promote a strong science, mathematics, and technology education base from elementary through university levels.

UCLA's successful proposal stressed curriculum development in space science and aerospace engineering. This development is fostered through the annual awarding of mini-grants to UCLA faculty in aerospace engineering and space science.

Current Student Opportunities - Grads and Undergrads

Space Grant Consortium

The California Space Grant Consortium (CaSGC) is pleased to announce its 2011-2012 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) for Juniors and Seniors attending CaSGC affiliate member institutions.

Up to twenty $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to California college and university students studying Science, Technology, Engineering or Math.

Application Submission Period: December 5, 2011 - February 6, 2012.

Eligibility: Juniors and Seniors (U.S. Citizens only) attending California Space Grant affiliates: .

Application Announcement and Instructions: Visit the following link:

Online Application: Read the above announcement first and visit the following link to apply:

Final Report Guidelines (if you are selected, what you will need to turn in after you complete your project): Visit the following link:

If you have questions, feel free to contact Tehseen Lazzouni.


Those interested in applying for mini-grants under this program should prepare a brief proposal (up to 5 pages) stating the objectives of their effort, and how they intend to achieve these objectives, and including a budget for one year showing how the University will share the costs of this effort (for example by purchasing teaching materials or paying the applicant's salary). Also include a brief resume with emphasis on the qualifications of the applicant for the proposed effort. We expect this opportunity to be renewed on an annual basis. There is no (further) overhead on the use of these funds. Successful proposals in previous years have included the preparation of textbooks, computer-aided instruction software, and other instructional aids. Interested parties should be aware that a condition on the grant to UCLA is at least 50% cost sharing by the University, that the total funds available at UCLA are limited to approximately $50K per year, that all projects that further the objectives of the National Space Grant College Program are welcome but that some priority will be given to projects that further curriculum development in the space sciences and engineering. Successful applicants will be required to document both the statement of work and the cost-sharing with a joint memorandum of understanding and also to prepare a brief final report.

Some of the projects funded at UCLA include:


Since these monies are limited (a total of $20,000) and since one of the biggest obstacles to attracting the top talent nationwide into our programs is out-of-state tuition, additional priority will be given to freshman graduate students from out-of-state. We expect that in the second year of their studies, they will have qualified for in-state residency. NASA has stipulated that these funds may be given only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Those departments interested in applying for one of these fellowships should prepare a brief (one page) statement describing the candidate and his or her qualifications. Supporting materials including transcripts, GRE scores and a statement of career goals from the applicant are requested. Priority will be given to those students most likely to pursue a career contributing significantly to aerospace engineering or one of the space science related disciplines. If the research advisor of the student is known at this time and if that advisor has on-going research projects in these fields, information to that effect will be useful in the selection process. Finally, since NASA is interested in recruiting and training underrepresented groups such as women, minorities and the disabled, such information about the candidates will be most helpful.

NASA Academy Program

The NASA Academy programs are scheduled to take place at the Ames Research Center and Goddard Space Flight Center and the application deadline is early February. The applications are available on the Internet:

Eligibility/selection is based on the following criteria:
1) US citizen or permanent resident
2) academic rank (junior, senior, first, or second year graduate)
3) academic performance (GPA higher than 3.0 or equivalent)
4) demonstrated interest in the space program
5) demonstrated leadership qualities
6) research and/or project interest and experience
7) maturity
8) recommendation and references

For further information contact:

Ames Research Center:
Dr. Douglas O'Handley,

Goddard Space Flight Center:
Mablelene Burrell,

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Last updated: December 7, 2012