National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities


The goal of NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities (NSTGRO) is to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate students who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our nation’s science, exploration and economic future. NASA Space Technology Graduate Researchers will perform innovative, space technology research at their respective campuses and at NASA centers. Awards are made in the form of training grants to accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees, with the faculty advisor serving as the principal investigator.

In addition to their faculty advisor, each student will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged NASA subject matter expert, who will serve as the student’s research collaborator. The research collaborator will serve as the conduit into the larger technical community corresponding to the student’s space technology research area.


  • Solicitation Announcement: September
  • Phase A Proposal Due: Early November. For those already enrolled in or accepted into a graduate program, the proposal will be submitted by the university, in coordination with a faculty advisor
  • Selection Notification: Early April
  • Phase B Proposal Due: May
  • Award Start Date: August

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident at the time of Phase A proposal.
  • Pursuing or planning to pursue a master’s or doctoral (PhD) degree related to space technology. Must be enrolled in a graduate program by start of the grant in the fall.
  • Have a bachelor's degree before start of the grant in the fall.
  • Have at least one full year remaining in a master's program or two full years remaining in a PhD program at the start of the grant.
  • Connection with a faculty advisor who will serve as the principle investigator on your proposed project.

How to Apply

Apply on the NSPIRES website in conjunction with a faculty advisor.

You must coordinate with UB's Sponsored Project Services (SPS) for this award. We recommend contacting your SPS Representative at least two weeks in advance of the deadline to complete any necessary submission procedures.