Higher Education Programs
For more than four decades, John C. Stennis Space Center has served as NASA's primary rocket propulsion testing ground. Today, the center provides propulsion test services for NASA and the DoD, as well as the private sector.
Stennis' Applied Science and Technology Project Office uses NASA-generated science research, remote sensing and other technical capabilities to help partner agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, make more informed decisions.
ONE STOP SHOPPING INITIATIVE (OSSI)
RECRUITING NASA INTERNS, FELLOWS AND SCHOLARS (NIFS)
What is OSSI?
OSSI is a NASA-wide system for the recruitment, application, selection and career development of undergraduate and graduate students primarily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Opportunities for students in other disciplines are available.
Please visit https://intern.nasa.gov/ to apply for NASA internships, fellowships and scholarships.
- U.S. Citizen (either by birth or naturalization) is required in order to apply in OSSI to be a NASA intern or fellow. If selected, you will be asked to provide proof of citizenship before the internship or fellowship begins.
- A Permanent Resident Alien (PRA) or Legal Resident are not considered U.S. citizens and are not eligible for NASA student opportunities available through OSSI.
- At the time the opportunity begins, undergraduate and graduate students must be accepted/enrolled full-time in an accredited U.S. college or university.
- Grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0. Please note if your college or university does not use GPA, you will need to explain the grading method in the application.
Programs for Colleges and Universities
National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program
Space Grants provide NASA funding for space-related research, education and public service projects through a national network of 52 university-based Space Grant consortia.
Undergraduate training is provided through the mechanism of fellowship and scholarship awards. Most fellowship and scholarship awards include a mentored research experience with university faculty or NASA scientists. For additional information about the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, click here
Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
EPSCoR establishes partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in a state's or region's research infrastructure, R&D capacity and hence, its national R&D competitiveness. In addition to the research and technology development, the awards enable faculty development and higher education student support.
The EPSCoR program is directed at those jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace and aerospace-related research activities. Currently, 28 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico participate. Seven federal agencies conduct EPSCoR programs, including NASA. For additional information about the NASA EPSCoR program, click here
Minority University Research and Education Programs (MUREP)
NASA's Office of Equal Opportunity Programs increases the Agency's responsiveness to federal mandates related to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Other Minority Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities. Numerous educational and research programs fall under this division. A list of MUREP programs and descriptions follows. For additional information about MUREP, click here
The following programs fall under MUREP:
Pre-Service Teacher Institute
The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is an intensive, two-week summer residential session for college students who are preparing to teach elementary or middle school. College students from diverse backgrounds spend a dynamic and exciting time at NASA Stennis Space Center where they are exposed to problem-based learning, and mathematics and science enrichment activities.
University Research Center (URC)
The URC program helps establish minority university centers of excellence for conducting research relevant to NASA. The program typically involves five years of multi-project initiatives and URCs may compete to renew funding for an additional five years. URCs receive a maximum of $1.2 million in funding a year. For more information about current solicitations for URC and other research programs, click here