Scholarships in Astronomy

Clay Fellowship

Award: $67,500, Deadline: October 30

Applicant is expected to pursue research programs of their own conception and design, and they should state clearly why they believe that their professional goals would be furthered through research opportunities at the CfA. Applicant is expected to demonstrate their capability for original research through several first-author refereed publications in major astronomy journals.

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowship

Award: $20,000, Deadline: November 30

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen who is eligible to pursue graduate study at a participating NPSC-member university. Minimum 3.0 GPA, application, transcripts, GRE general exam scores, and three to five letters of recommendation required.

CfA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Award: $66,500, Deadline: October 30

Applicant must have received a Ph.D. degree between January 1, 2014 and September 1, 2015. Applicant is expected to pursue research programs of their own conception and design, and they should state clearly why they believe that their professional goals would be furthered through research opportunities at the CfA. Demonstration of capability for original research through first-author referred publications in major astronomy journals is required.

Summer Student Research Assistantship

Award: $6,280, Deadline: February 1

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen currently enrolled in a U.S. institution. Application, letter describing educational background, goals, and scientific experience, transcripts, and letters of recommendation must be submitted.

SAO Predoctoral Fellowship Program

Award: $32,232, Deadline: Rolling

Applicant must be a graduate student wishing to carry out all or part of their thesis research at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Completion of preliminary coursework and examinations prior to start of the SAO Predoctoral Program and approval of Department Head at applicant's university are required. Application must list the SAO scientist who has agreed to serve as a sponsor for each proposed research project; applicant must directly contact the scientist in their particular research area.

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Fellowship

Award: -, Deadline: February 15

Current curriculum vitae or resume, at least three recommendations, and two personal statements are required to be submitted.

Delaware Space Grant College Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship

Award: $3,000, Deadline: April 24

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen majoring in engineering, mathematics and geography, science, or technology.

Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy

Award: $5,000, Deadline: February 10

Applicant must be a woman in the early stages of her career. Preference will be given to applicants who have held a doctorate in astronomy or a related field for at least one year.

Delaware Space Grant College Graduate Fellowship

Award: $30,000, Deadline: April 24

Applicant must be a United States citizen who is performing aerospace-related research in areas such as design or technology.

VSGC Undergraduate Scholarship

Award: $2,500, Deadline: March 1

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and Vermont resident and a graduating senior in a Vermont high school or a current undergraduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA enrolled in a degree program in a Vermont institution of higher education. Applicant must plan to attend a Vermont institution of higher education full time for the following academic year and plan to pursue a professional career which has direct relevance to the U.S. aerospace industry and the goals of NASA. Three awards will be given to Burlington Technical College-Aviation Technology Program.

Karen and Bruno Schmidt Scholarship

Award: $300, Deadline: January 15

Physics & Astronomy Scholarship

Award: $5,000, Deadline: February 1 (Priority)

Applicant must be enrolled at the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Patricia Collins Amaral Memorial Fund

Award: $600, Deadline: February 15

Applicant must be a senior who has a minimum 3.0 GPA and who has demonstrated the finest qualities of leadership through participation in campus organizations and has rendered service of significant benefit to the campus community.

Alumni Association Scholarship

Award: -, Deadline: February 15

Applicant must demonstrate community leadership and have met the award criteria established by the Alumni Association's Scholarship Committee. Applicant must have completed 12 credits last semester and 24 credits at Bridgewater State College as of December 31. Applicants who have transferred from Massachusetts Community Colleges, Dean College, or Quincy College are eligible to apply.

Richard J. Ordway Memorial Scholarship

Award: $290, Deadline: None

Applicant must have a minimum 3.5 in major courses.

Vernon Lantis Scholarship

Award: $400, Deadline: March 1

Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Midwest Student Exchange Program

Award: -, Deadline: November 1

Applicant must be a resident of Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, or North Dakota. Minimum 3.4 GPA and combined SAT Reasoning score of 1090 (composite ACT score of 25) required. Applicant must be majoring in one of the majors listed on sponsor's application page.

Hoku Scholarship Fund

Award: $5,000, Deadline: February 19

Applicant must be a full-time student at an accredited two- or four-year college or university as either an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in astronomy, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics or technology sciences. Minimum 3.0 GPA required.

Leona Blum and Howard Schmadeke Scholarship

Award: $10,000, Deadline: March 1

Applicant must be a graduate of Tillamook High School who will major in science at a public or nonprofit college or university. FAFSA required.

Donna Weistrop and David B. Shaffer Scholarship

Award: $1,000, Deadline: December 1

Applicant must be a master's student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate college pursuing a degree in astronomy, chemistry, geoscience, or physics. Preference given to students in physics or astronomy. Minimum 3.5 GPA, resume, statement of purpose, unofficial transcript, and one letter of recommendation required. Recipient must remain in good standing in degree program and complete a minimum of six graduate credits each semester of the scholarship year.

Van Nattan Hansen Scholarship

Award: -, Deadline: June 15

Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or undergraduate college student in good standing. Transcripts and two letters of recommendation required. Minimum 3.0 GPA required.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Award: $44,000, Deadline: November 4

Applicants must be full-time students who have completed no more than 12 months of graduate study and be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents. The fields of study are interdisciplinary, computer and information science and engineering, mathematical sciences, geosciences, psychology, social sciences, life sciences, chemistry, physics and astronomy and engineering.